Words from Editor-in-chief: Aphiniti was chosen by me after seeing her on “Sway in the Morning”. I was amazed by her lyrical talent she had in her Freestyle & needed to know more about this MC from Cleveland! She is a GREAT talent for today’s hip hop culture. Her album “Art of Aphiniti” is filled with words of inspiration, overcoming life struggles, & triumph. She can definitely compete with the likes of Nicki Minaj and other female rappers! Get to know this woman, Zero2Aphiniti.
Coming up in an urban home, in the brutal streets of Cleveland, Ohio, music eased the struggle and healed reality for Darnae Wilson. Hip hop, r&b, oldies but goodies, and funk were a part of everyday life for Darnae. She quickly learned that hip hop was the sparkle in her eye. Her father, Darnell, better known as Topp, peaked Darnae’s interest and passion for lyrical expression. One day riding in the car to school, Topp started off a freestyle and young Nae finished it. A star started to shine. Aphiniti’s box was open. Darnae was constantly freestyling in school, at the dinner table, and in front of friends and families. Anyplace could be a stage.Words and ideology flowed from her lips easily, but the message behind it revealed something greater than what could be understood with the conscious ear. She always felt an urgency to be the best, second guessing herself because she felt like she didn’t fit into the spectrum of modern hip hop. Darnae pushed her talents to the side, not wanting to share the pains and horrors of her truth, not wanting to feel rejected or misunderstood. She didn’t know that the pain and heartache behind her words would be the light that brought her through the storm.
Not fully understanding the blissful nature of her divine calling for lyrical artistry, Darnae went through life experiencing ups and downs. One thing remained constant, music. It wasn’t until high school when she discovered Dwayne Carter, that she acknowledge the thirst that dwelled inside of her. By all means, Lil Wayne is Darnae’s musical idol. From “The Drought” to the series of “Dedications”, she was hooked on the high of his words. During those times rebellion fueled her. Unhappy with the routine of her life, Darnae found a release through music. There was no closing the door on the beast released through her talent.
Through Aretha Franklin, Anita Baker, Michael Jackson, Kanye, Jay Z, Drake and so many other musical geniuses, Darnae explored her relationship with music. She began to mold her artistic mind. Darnae created her own sound, her own feel, and her own energy through Aphiniti. Aphiniti was unlike artist past, present, or future. She burnt down every stage that she stepped on. She built confidence and stage presence, controlled the crowd and evoked audience emotion. Those signature parts of Aphiniti as an artist and performer started with hitting local showcases, cyphers, and open mics. Always a feature and never a headliner, Aphiniti needed more. She still wanted to be the best, this pushed her to get her music heard.
September 15, 2013 a holy union was formed. Aphiniti found the missing link in her musical journey. Cleveland’s Trump walked into her life, only to walk beside her through her artistic endeavours. “Let Her Be”, the first song Trump ever produced for Aphiniti. Many more hits boomed through the speakers of the small studio where feast were cooked up. Lyrical elevation flamed through this fusion of talent and skill. God took her career towards the fast track to fame. In 2014, Aphiniti and Trump drove to SXSW in Austin, Texas. During this 7 day stretch, Aphiniti quickly made a name for herself. Shredding the mic down W. 6th St. Upon return, the grind was on. Aphiniti quickly cooked up a summer banger. June 13, 2014, Aphiniti dropped a cover of Nicki Minaj’s Chi-Raq, “This was the gift I was given. Mom and Pops said I was different” were the opening lyrics of this impactful song. One of the biggest moments for Trump and Aphiniti was during the production of the Chi-raq video. It was like Timbaland found Missy all over again. This video gave the world a glimpse into the Aphiniti we know now. Everyone was on alert about the sassy girl from Cleveland, that spit fire. She became a superhero in the local circuit, and a threat to other artists all over. Not being able to be contained within the Cleveland scene or the booth for long, Aphiniti and Cleveland’s Trump headed to California. The first time Aphiniti ever got on a plane was for BET Music Matters concert in California.
It was there, Aphiniti knew she needed to be on the big stage. In August of 2014, Aphiniti landed nominations for Best New Artist and Best Female Artist for The Ohio Hip Hop Awards. Even though Aphiniti didn’t win, it just took her ambition and motivation to a whole new level. She immediately went back into the lab to work on another masterpiece.
California is where Aphiniti gained inspiration for her first official single Radio. The video was shot in New York City in September of 2014. Quickly there after, she was back on the road. A3C Festival in Atlanta, Georgia was another major networking move for Aphiniti. The mission was to get the brand out there and to continue the movement to make Aphiniti a global name. After traveling, Aphiniti returned home even more hungry. This is when her life took an interesting twist.
Aphiniti always had stage presence so it only made sense that she add another threat under her belt. Acting! Karma the stage play directed by J.R Fogel was the perfect outlet to not only start off 2015, but her acting career. Aphiniti attended the audition assuming to land a minor part in the play, seeing as, it was only her introduction to a whole new world. Unbeknownst to Aphiniti, the leading role was hers. Toi was a young girl trying to find her way. She was adopted and always felt like the outcast. Toi went through so much growing up, reminiscent to the struggles seen by young Aphiniti growing up. Life was hard for Toi. Aphiniti portrayed scenes of molestation, grief, prostitution, abuse, murder, rage, self revelation and the importance of finding self worth. Aphiniti elevated Toi to a level that left the audience on the edge of their seats wanting more. With a special performance at the conclusion of the play, Aphiniti sold out and delivered an amazing performance for every production of Karma.
Not being able to stay away from the music, Aphiniti dropped her second single Almost Everything on Valentine’s Day 2015. She amazed listeners once again with her lyrical talent and viral video to the single. Fans were anxious for the album; Aphiniti was ready to grace the dynamics of creative interpretations through sound unlike any other. With SXSW 2015 quickly approaching, completing the album was a must. Friday, March the 13th, the album was complete. Aphiniti’s debut album, Art of Aphiniti, was ready; signed, sealed, and ready to be delivered. Trump, Aphiniti, and her team arrived in Texas and she blew up the streets of Austin, yet again. Just grinding through the street of SxSW, Aphiniti made her presence known. Aphiniti earned a spot at the SxSW edition of Sway In The Morning. Being on national television granted Aphiniti the opportunity to show off her gift on a greater scale. She wanted better; she needed more. The experiment was finished, Austin loved the album. It was time to unveil this work of art. March 24, 2015 marked the official release of the album. Art of Aphiniti became available digitally. Being able to pull up and purchase her music in ITunes, Amazon, Google Play or any other platform was a proud moment for Aphiniti.
To this day, Aphiniti still blazes the trails of musical legacy. She still destroys any scene she is present, melts every mic, and pulls on every heart that is blessed to hear her music. Aphiniti is a force to be reckoned with and nothing will stop her from shining as bright as the glorious anointing. Follow her: https://twitter.com/Zero2Aphiniti http://www.zero2aphiniti.com/