Hailing from Suriname, Mr.D.Tunes is a rapper, deeply inspired by his faith as a Christian. Having already battled many hardships in his personal life, Mr.D.Tunes is here to inspire, and give hope through his music. His latest single ‘God’s Plan’ talks about how life is bigger than material possessions, as he puts his own life experiences into perspective.
God’s Plan is Out Now
We catch up with him to find out more.
Tell us a bit about growing up in Suriname, how did the culture and music influence you?
Growing up in Suriname was more than just life in a third world country, with a surrounding of natural resources and an environment of species that are both amazing to see but also dangerous to be around. It was going to school via the dirt road, going to a local business whose store was a house and the popsicles you purchased you grabbed from the freezer in their kitchen. The culture influenced me to continue to be relevant in my thoughts and music, instead of writing things or taking a moment to see other perspectives. It taught me to be grateful for not just life but for the small things like shoes on my feet. When I used to see pictures of the U.S i always dreamed of seeing the lights and big buildings, covered in snow. Simple things that till this day give me so much joy and is exactly why I make TUNES.
You are greatly inspired by Religion and God. Tell us about your faith and why it plays such an important role in your music?
When you really listen to my testimony, it will just leave you speechless and solidify my answer. After moving to the U.S I grew up as an immigrant. The kid that was different, bullied because I didn’t speak English right, couldn’t read and had so many different challenges. I constantly face adversity and a juggle of what the world seems like, life or death. I went to the emergency room, was sent to ICU, had tumors in my brain so big the doctors didn’t understand how I was alive. The Doctor told me I probably won’t walk again and the paralysis that I had would most likely not go away, but they will do what they can to keep others from growing even bigger. I started to walk again, after my 14hr brain surgery and a recovery of pain. I made progress, but only to find out that I had even more tumors to deal with and a commitment to the cancer center to receive chemotherapy and treatment, for pretty much however long it takes. So the question would be, why am I still alive, energetic, why can I walk and perform and when people see me they see no signs of my troubles? Because God has a plan and purpose for my life, I pray and walk in the spirit and not the flesh. There is no other explanation or thing or person that can ever be the source of my strength and my energy. My faith and walk in this path keeps me accountable and helps me continue to love, encourage and empower strangers, friends, children, my family and even my enemies.
Tell us a bit about your new single ‘God’s Plan’? What was your inspiration behind writing it?
The new single ‘God’s Plan’ from distinguished, experienced rapper Mr.D.Tunes sends a crucially important message about life’s values & his morals — “Life is not about fancy cars and jewelry. We should learn to be happy with what we have”, in the words of the man himself. The single was originally written as a challenge to Drake, who’s song shares the same eponymous title, as Mr.D.Tunes claims his song is much more ‘correct’ and accurate to the harsh realities of life. God’s Plan flaunts a dense soundscape consisting of deep, powerful 808s paired with the dense driving kick drum, typical trap hi-hat trills and a bopping vocal flow which rhythmically layers ideally on the top of the mix — perfect HipHop production. This Christian HipHop hit is certainly not one to miss and adds an extra special bow into the genre’s ever-expanding quiver.
What do you want listeners to take away from the song?
I want to understand that God has a plan and purpose for everyone. I want them to know that just because you say I believe and accept Christ in my life, does not make you immune to the things of the world and struggles thereof. Life is not about material things and this of the world, we have to learn to walk in the spirit and not the flesh. Change our frames like my pastor URBAN D says, put your God frames on.
How important is it for you to use your music to help guide the youth?
Extremely important because the next generation is the key element to continuing and maintaining a trend and walk. I can speak and encourage many but the reason why I am who I am is also the work of my mother. She nurtured me, taught me right from wrong and so much more. It takes a village and if I want to make some change in the world, I want to loop it. Have the teaching, the inspiration, motivation put on repeat. To do that you have to focus on the youth.
Tell us about a time where Hip-Hop saved your life?
I wouldn’t say it saved my life, but it played a part in it. Hip-Hop motivated me and connected with the things I was experiencing. Out of the many genres of music, I could always turn the radio on and hear a song about an experience that I just had and didn’t understand. Having something or someone that can relate to you and understand you, is always helpful.
What else have you got coming up?
This single is just a tease of the album I’ve been putting together, for two years now after my last release. I couldn’t put out music because I was recovering, but while I was recovering, my testimony kept evolving and now I have more songs to sing and more things to talk about!
Where can we find out more?
@mrdtunes — All Social
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