Darnell Williams

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“For some newcomers, it’s hard to ever break out. For Darnell Williams, a rapper and director from Los Angeles, breaking out will not be hard, but inevitable.”Hillydilly

“Combining his ability to direct and edit with powerful lyrics and a commanding delivery, Williams gives us an honest look at what he’s been going through the past few years.”Pigeons & Planes

“Darnell Williams is ready for the spotlight.”XXL

Born and raised in Detroit, Michigan, Darnell Williams left home at 18 to attend Columbia College in Chicago, majoring in film. While in college, Darnell met Mike Waxx and Mike Carson, who would eventually form the acclaimed artist collective illroots. With illroots, Darnell helped direct several popular clips, beginning with “Too Fake” by Big Sean and Chiddy Bang, developing a sterling reputation as a music video auteur. In 2013, Darnell left illroots to pursue his dream as an artist, leaving himself homeless, sleeping on couches in South Central L.A. Darnell’s first success as a rapper came with Boss Up Den Flex,” a short video that won critical acclaim and caught the eye of Travi$ Scott, who retweeted the video to his legion of followers. Since then, Darnell has been on a steady rise, earning praise from the likes of XXL and Pigeons and Planes, as well as a feature on HOWSLA, and a placement on HBO’s Silicon Valley. Look for an EP from Darnell to hit stores later this summer.

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Darnell Williams Shares “Turbo,” A Sinister Strip Club Anthem
Darnell Williams Takes a “Trip” Back Home for “Coney Island” Banger
Darnell Williams and Hudson Mohawke Drop New Tracks for the “Silicon Valley” Official Soundtrack

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