We had the good fortune of connecting with Duby Rodgers and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Duby, we’d love to hear about how you approach risk and risk-taking
Taking risks has been the most beneficial thing to my life. Even a small risk can yield great rewards so I just try to look at everything as an opportunity for growth. I’ve taken a lot of risks. Not as many as some but more than others. I’ve just always found that after taking the risk there’s always something good to come from it. Even while it’s tough, cause while you’re in it it’s gonna be hard to see that but you just gotta move forward with that trust that it’ll all work out how it’s supposed to.

Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
How did you get to where you are today professionally. Was it easy? If not, how did you overcome the challenges?

I don’t know how to break it all down in writing but it all began when I was 15 and actually listened to Nas’ album, Illmatic. That was the birth of me wanting to try this art form and looking at myself as an aspiring Emcee. To be as respected on the microphone as Nas, Snoop, Pac, Jay, Cube, Em. All the greats. I just want to be seen as one of the greats. Someone who changed lives with his words. Beyond just poetry or writing a book, but speaking to people from a place they can recognize. That’s the best thing about what I do, I feel like people get it and understand where my head is at when the rest of the world doesn’t seem to notice. Then when I turned 21 I started performing with my 3 best friends and we formed a collective called AyyeDeesMM or 80s Meets Modern. Based on the 4 elements of hip hop, MCing, DJing, B-Boying, and Grafitti. From there we started performing and opening up for rappers. Taking our bumps and bruises along the way and learning lessons. We did that for about 5 years. After that I tore my ACL, I recovered, and I’ve been focused on traveling ever since. Started with Hawaii and has evolved into road trips around the country. Nothing is easy. Not a single thing. If it is, find something harder to do. I just overcome the challenges with the understanding that in time if I just chip away piece by piece I will eventually have the sculpture and all that creating the sculpture taught me.

What are the lessons you’ve learned along the way. What do you want the world to know about you or your brand and story?

The biggest thing I’ve learned along the way is that it’ll all work out exactly how it’s supposed to. You can try to make it something all you want but it just becomes what it’s supposed to be regardless of how you feel about it. So just appreciate learning the lessons because that’s where the true blessings lie.. As far as my brand and story, my name is Duby Rodgers, a hip hop artist with the vision of spreading knowledge and helping people discover themselves. Challenge themselves. Become their best version. The music is full of the lessons I’ve learned along my short path and as I grow so will the music, so just keep on listening and learning. Looking ahead I will be starting a 10 album anthology that will follow my life and the stages. Volume One will be released in 2021 and it will be based on Creation. The Beginning.

Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Everyone will probably tell you to go downtown or go to the flats. Lots of good places to eat and drink if you’re all about the night life. Barrio makes great tacos and good drinks. Re-Bar is a dope hole in the wall place. Hilarities is a popular comedy club on E. 4th Street downtown. I’m not a big nightlife person. My favorite parts of the city are more low key places and more scenic like the Cleveland Metroparks, Lake Erie, and some beautiful areas of Lakewood. I would suggest Edgewater Beach.

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
There’s so many people to shoutout. I can’t pinpoint it to one or even ten people. I just thank everyone I’ve come across on my journey. Whether that was in my youth, my college years, my time in AyyeDeesMM, or ever since I went to Hawaii. There’s just too many individuals. The main people who deserve recognition is my immediate family. My mom, dad, siblings, and stepdad. Only they know how much I’ve been through and put them through. They deserve more credit than I can actually give them in words.

Website: dubyrodgers.com

Instagram: instagram.com/dubyrodgers

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Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCg9n5N9mhd7kyd0awRgM3TQ

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