Inspired, determined, and focused are three words that describe David Graham, a 16-year-old rapper and Jefferson Township High School student. David, who plans to keep making music, increase his fan population, and possibly pursue a career in the rap industry, has released two songs on SoundCloud – “Run It” and “Treason.”
Confident of his potential to compete in making music, David says, “It’s more a matter of getting my name out there, but I have a long way to go.” He continued, “Most likely, I want to become an anesthesiologist. But if this thing takes off, then I guess I’m a rapper.” Even if he pursues a medical career, he will continue to make music simply because he enjoys it.
Although David’s attraction to music developed early, he only started creating it this year. He gets motivation and inspiration primarily from his family. “My father’s music production and my family growing up being interested in music helped me to start on that; it just really interested me. Every time my dad would try to make beats or something, I would go and shadow him, watch what he was doing.”
In addition to his family, David’s inspiration comes from a famous rapper named Logic, whom he has followed throughout the years. “I liked a lot of his old songs. I’m a big fan of his new songs. I love his music in general; I love his lyricism.” Logic is well known for his lyrical abilities and the quickness of his songs.
David is not the only rapper in Jefferson Township High School. Kofi Mensah – rap name King Cojo – is another young artist who also has a great passion for rapping and is likewise very popular in the school. Kofi has published songs such as “Late Hours,” “All-day,” and “Tough Lungs.”
Kofi collaborated on “Treason” with David, who described that experience as “an absolute blast!” It was released in late November of 2018. Regarding future collaboration, David recalled that Kofi had called him the night before the release to say, “We have to do another song together, because I know everybody is gonna go crazy about it.” David had replied, “All right, I’m down. Whenever you want to do the song, just let me know.”
David sees the future as “entirely dependent on how popular my music is. If I can reach a point where I can sustain myself financially with music, I might put a lot more time and dedication into it.” On the other hand, “if my music remains at such a low level that it wouldn’t make sense to try to pursue a career, then I would most likely stay with anesthesiology.”
This story was written by Jefferson Township High School student Brian Erdmann.