Today we’d like to introduce you to Dwayne Dickey.
Hi Dwayne, we’d love for you to start by introducing yourself
I was a church kid from Memphis Tennessee on the south side raised by a single mother and a praying grandmother. Growing up in church with a mother who was known for promoting artists by putting on countless events in the gospel and Christian rap genre for the people in the city and a grandmother who was a missionary traveling up and down the streets of Memphis and Mississippi, I was a quiet yet talented Individual who was known to have a gift and a calling in music and eventually the ministry.
Growing up with a single mother there was a lot I could have done to get into trouble moving around a lot from areas in Memphis and to the city of Atlanta where I now reside, God kept me in a safe place to remain myself and not allow the environments around me cloud me from becoming a product of the streets or troublesome to those around me. When I graduated from high school, I went to college to find myself as I knew music and writing were two passions that I possessed.
I made the front page of my school paper for the University of Memphis Daily Helmsman when my philosophy professor heard a song that I made dedicated to the ways of philosophy called Philosophical, I also created a heartfelt song that caught a lot of attention from Susan B Coleman foundation when I wrote a song dedicated to the women of Brest cancer when I lost my cousin Takila from cancer in 2002. After college, I met up with an old friend from high school who formed a ministry and music group called Clear Vision Movement, upon joining we went all around the city of Atlanta performing and ministering to those who allowed us. We had the opportunity to perform in front of thousands of people downtown for outdoor festivals, got to tour in cities like Memphis, Miami, Atlanta, and more. In time I broke away from the group to explore my growth as an artist.
From there, I was able to work with the likes of Bishop Hezikiah Walker in his youth ministry for Love Fellowship Tabernacle. I was also chosen to be a part of the revolt tour hosted by Mr. Del, a legendary Christian rap artist from Memphis who was a part of three-six mafias. On that tour, we got to travel and minister all across the nation from Texas, Nebraska, Georgia, Alabama, Florida, the Carolinas, and more. I learned so much and grew so much in my craft that I was able to accomplish a lot in a little bit of time before the eventual pandemic of 2020. For most as shocking as the events were would have slowed down most but for me, it was a phenomenal time to grow adapt and recreate my craft, I was innovative in creating at-home concerts from my own backyard for my neighbors and the entire neighborhood. I also got into becoming a podcaster with a media production company called OTS Media.
I started a pro wrestling podcast that allowed me to interview some of the greatest pro wrestlers from the past and the present as well as the future of professional wrestling. I was able to keep myself busy while trusting in God throughout the entire journey. To this day, I continue to work with OTS Media hosting multiple podcast shows, continuing to tour and perform as a Christian rap artist named Hi-Lite Real, as well as putting together events for the local community or collaborative events with those who also do what they feel the community needs. I am humbled to be the man that God has called me to be and there is still so much more for me to do as I continue to progress in what is sure to be a significant part of my life as an artist, minister, host, and more.
We all face challenges, but looking back would you describe it as a relatively smooth road?
The life we live is never a smooth road but I am thankful that for the struggles that come in life I am able to push through with the help of God.
I reconnected with my father back in 2006 for the first time since I was a toddler, it was tough to connect with him seeing as how it had been so long but the love of God allowed me to live on my father forgive my father and most importantly rebuild a relationship with him and my brothers and sisters who too had their rough relationships with him. To this day we are all in a much better place and love him dearly it has its moments of hardships but we all love him just the same daily.
I also once dealt with a situation in Memphis during college were two policemen pulled me aside when I was on a night walk from my college campus to get something to eat, the two cops asked where I was headed I cooperated, and then I was asked to put my hands on the car as they searched me for any weapons that might have been in my possession because I fit the description of a nearby robbery.
One cop had a hard time looking for my wallet as I attempted to help the other cop watching me had a stern voice telling me not to move, I calmly informed the cop where I keep my wallet, and continued to cooperate, in my mind, I was calm and confident more than scared because I knew deep down God had my back but most importantly I knew I was completely innocent in what they tried to label on me. After I was free to go it was a lesson worth noting on my surroundings
Appreciate you sharing that. What else should we know about what you do?
I am a Christian Rap artist named Hi-Lite Real. I specialize in writing my own original music and producing. The art of my creativity through the projects I release love to tell stories to keep people encouraged on where they are in their life.
I Am also a podcast host of a bevy of shows under the OTS Media brand most noted under those would be my pro wrestling podcast Lifes a Botch, and my music podcast Pass The Aux featuring co-hosts Janean and Derrick. I specialize in hosting, voiceovers, sound engineering, and more.
I also have a label for events and artist development called Hi-Lite Life Music where we do everything we can to help out the next up and coming artists and where we put together community events for those who need great entertainment.
Can you talk to us a bit about happiness and what makes you happy?
Life makes me happy because of its ups and downs, I’m known to smile a lot as a person and often told how uplifting and positive I am to those around me, of course, I have my moments where I may hit be so positive inside but over the years with those, I know who didn’t live to see who I have become today is always a reminder of life being way too short.
So I live in the moment and enjoy every moment no matter how big or small good or great, bad or worse, it’s all for a reason and a season. I live by this slogan “The Best life is the Blessed Life”, my slogan for my label is Hi-Lite Life to represent that we are living through the light of Christ within us as people.
Seeing my loved ones around me winning in life also makes me mostly happy it’s always a pleasure to see those you know love and care for as well as the ones you may not know succeed, jealousy is not in my vocabulary because what happens for one is bound to happen for you in your own timeline when you continually focus on yourself and your process.
- $50 for rap verse features
- $100 to write a song
- $150 for artist consultation
- $25 for media interviews
- Email: HiLiteReal@gmail.com
- Website: www.HiLiteReal.net
- Instagram: @HiLiteLife
- Facebook: www.Facebook.com/Hi-Lite Real
- Twitter: @HiLiteLife
- Youtube: https://youtube.com/c/HiLiteReal
- SoundCloud: https://soundcloud.app.goo.gl/QqtMFbBgypvHNKyPA
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