By day, David Carlor puts on a suit and tie and works in the commercial finance department for General Electric. Outside of the 9 to 5, the 28-year-old Stratford resident is pursuing his dreams of becoming a rapper.
Here’s one of his newest songs for you to sample: Lovely Ghost (remix)
He’s got a couple things going for him. One is his How-I-beat-the-odds narrative. Carlor grew up in East Flatbush, a rough neighborhood of Brooklyn.
“It was pretty standard to see the crack cocaine thing happening all around me,” Carlor said. “It wasn’t a tough guy thing. It was the natural step if you wanted to earn an income.”
He dabbled in drug dealing himself. The police temporarily restrained him after they stopped a stolen car in which he was a passenger. He has friends and family who are incarcerated. He said that he was never actually arrested and incarcerated is just luck.
Carlor enrolled in Sacred Heart University in Fairfield on a football scholarship, and later got a job with GE.
He said he wants to use music to show kids who grew up in the same conditions he did that there is a better life if you work for it.
“I’d like to call myself a conscious artist, but given m background, the fact that I’ve been in negative elements, I’ve got the linguistics of a gangster rapper,” Carlor said. “But that’s a good thing because I’m using a language they will understand. I’m not an outsider talking to them. The guys like the Lil Waynes, the Plies, the Rick Rosses, they can glamorize it because they only see the glamor in it. The guys who actually sell are the ones who can tell you about going for days without showering. About how when you see big wads of cash, you know most of it has to be reinvested back in the drug game.”
Carlor’s performer name is DapDon. You can download his mixtape, Return of the F.l.o.w., here.
Carlor is organizing a benefit concert in Bridgeport, which he plans to call “Hunger for Music,” to raise money for his mother’s Liberia-based charity Yes Children Ministry. He would like to put the concert on this summer. If you are interested in getting involved, you can email him at email@example.com.