Music has been entrenched in Domani Harris’ genes since he was born as one of seven children of Hip-Hop artist T.I. Domani has also been featured on his parents’ show, T.I. & Tiny: The Family Hustle. Currently, he is looking to follow in his parents’ footsteps by pursuing a career in the music industry, but he is determined to make a name for himself. During this past year, the 16-year-old artist has really started to hold his own as a lyricist, artist, and entrepreneur.
Domani explains, “Ever since I was younger, I always used to take toys, take them apart, put them back together on my own,” explains the Atlanta native. “Music was just another way for me to create. I had always liked music, but when I was like nine, I was like, let me do something. I got in there, put it down and kept doing it.”
His latest release, The Constellation, was inspired by the thought that you have to have “all stars aligned to keep a full image” and grabs the baton from last year’s The Process, which established him as a force in his own right. Featuring guest appearances from Zonnique and London Jae, the 10-track EP digs deeper than before, elaborating on experiences he’s had in his lifetime. He goes into more detail about past relationships on the piano-kissed “Royalty”; on “Off My Chest”, Domani speaks on friends who have turned their backs on him, only to try to make their way back into his good graces now that he’s planted his flag as an emcee. He gets even more personal on “You Gon Need Me,” where he dives into his household life.
“The second verse was more about my mom, because everyone thinks my mom is my stepmom, which is Tiny, and I had addressed that in the song and I had said basically why I’m doing what I’m doing,” he explains. “On every song, I try to touch as many different people as I can. Basically, I just said how I feel to relate to other people, which in my situation, people want to say such and such. They’re trying to look for negative things to say off the jump.”
Domani started to change the public’s perception of him when he released The Process, which was a six-track introductory EP that was released in July 2016 and was hosted by DJ Frank White. Domani touched on some complex issues such as “Black Lives Matter,” indicating he has depth to his lyrics, and showed maturity in his singsong lyricism on “I’m On Now,” which has since gone on to accrue more than 500,000 listens on Spotify and 2.3 million clicks for its accompanying video on YouTube.
RESPECT. recently sat down with the up-and-coming artist to ask a variety of different questions, from what is it like living in the shadow of his famous parents to even possibly attending college in the near future. We will have to see what the future holds for the young and talented artist…be on the look for what he has in store for the rest of 2017.
RESPECT.: Where did your inspiration come from as you worked on The Constellation project?
What inspired this project was me feeling like I had something to say. I felt like I had so much to say but no one would really listen to me because of where I came from, and that’s when I realized that I had to get all my stars aligned in order for people to see my vision clearly. That’s how “The Constellation” came about.
RESPECT.: What are singles off the project your favorite?
My favorite songs off the project would have to be the “You Gone Need Me”, “Paris”, and “Playalistic Music”.
RESPECT.: Considering who your parents are, would you rather take the low-key approach to your career, kind of like (Will Smith’s son) Trey Smith has done as a DJ?
I will just continue putting my all in all of my music and using my voice to uplift, inspire, and entertain, and we’ll see where that takes me.
RESPECT.: What are some of your interests outside of the entertainment business?
It’s all about me being able to express my creativity. As long as I can do that, then I’m open to anything.
RESPECT.: This might be a little premature, but do you have any aspirations to attend college?
I just want to see myself evolve into the best person that I can be. That’s my only goal. If that leads to me going to college then there it is.
RESPECT.: In your own words, what is the biggest obstacle that you had to face being that your father is T.I.?
The biggest obstacle would have to be knowing that everyone is watching everything that I do and they’re automatically comparing me to him.
RESPECT.: Who has been some of the biggest influences in the creation of your music?
I listen to a lot of older artists, but mostly the people around me influence my music. Seeing and meeting different people inspire me to make different songs. I get a different a song vibe from different people.
RESPECT.: What can we expect from you as an artist heading into the rest of 2017?
You can expect great music and a lot of dope visuals with real important lessons behind them. And visuals directed by myself.
RESPECT.: Where do you see your career head in the next couple years?
I see my work reaching and touching a lot more people in the next couple of years.
RESPECT.: Any shows or events from you this year that we should be aware of?
You can just expect me to continue putting out great music and soon the rest will follow. A lot of people still don’t see what I see so it’s nothing but more work to do.
RESPECT.: Describe your personality in 8 words or less.
Very creative, in full control of my art.
RESPECT.: How has Atlanta shaped you as a person and artist?
I just have had the opportunity to interact with a lot of people that I consider to be mentors. This has made me more aware and mature for my age.