Meet the 14-year-old Connecticut rap sensation blowing up on the music scene. His mother named him Darrell Allick Jr., but hip hop heads call him “Lil D-Russ.“ He got into the rap game after tragedy struck.
“My uncle died, and I was inspired to do positive music,“ Allick said during his exclusive interview with News 8.
Since 8-years-old, Allick always knew music would take him far. But he never dreamed a viral video he made about LeBron James would earn him an invitation to Los Angeles to perform live during a game by the WNBA’s LA Sparks.
“LeBron is my favorite player so, I was just like, ‘let me do a song to LeBron.’ I was shocked and excited at the same time because I didn’t think it would get us a halftime show in Cali.“
Of course, all the buzz around the Middletown High School freshman is making him a local celebrity. Yet, school still comes first.
“My dad says as long as you get good grades and you do everything you got to do, you can go to the studio and music videos,“ he said.
Flashing a smile that could light up a dark alley, his father, Darrell Allick Sr., could barely contain his pride. “Well, I’m a proud father to watch my son and watch everything he’s been through,“ the father said. “He deserves it. He’s a good kid.“
In his music there’s no profanity, no misogyny. Instead, it’s strictly about positivity. It’s the kind of qualities Middletown schools superintendent Dr. Michael Conner pushes for Allick and his classmates.
“This is great for them and it’s great for the family, so I’m excited for him,“ Conner explained. “The next superstar, I get to say that I had him in my school system,“ he said.
Beyond the music, Allick says he hopes to inspire other kids to chase their dreams. “You believe in it, believe in God, keep faith in it and then, it will happen,“ Allick concluded.
Allick is scheduled to perform for the Sparks at the Staples Center in August. His family is currently fundraising to pay for eight backup dancers to accompany Allick for the performance.
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