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Damez Drops Heartfelt song “Contrary to Norm”


Multi-talented artist, Damez, releases his new song “Contrary to Norm.” The autobiographical track delves into the depths of Damez’s life, exploring touching topics such as the tragic murder of his brother and the challenges he has faced as a black, LGBT individual.

With raw honesty, Damez vividly recounts the heartbreaking loss of his brother, who was fatally shot near his college dorm at Jackson State University. The song also touches on his family’s move to Atlanta and the unwavering support of his father, despite societal expectations surrounding his sexuality. Furthermore, “Contrary to Norm” delves into mental health issues, addressing thoughts of suicide and the complexities of high-functioning depression.

Damez is not only a rapper and singer but also a dancer, songwriter, and activist. His diverse range of talents is showcased through an eclectic catalog of self-penned songs and choreography-heavy visuals. His artistry has garnered attention and recognition, with features in Atlanta Magazine, OUT Magazine, and placements on Billboard’s prestigious Billboard Pride playlist.

Born in Jackson, Mississippi, Damez discovered his passion for music at a young age. His journey took him to Atlanta, where he honed his craft and navigated the challenges of adolescence and early adulthood. Through his music, he channels the intersectionality of his experiences, using his voice to uplift and inspire others who may feel marginalized.

Damez’s latest offering, “Contrary to Norm,” is a testament to his resilience and determination to defy societal norms. With his compelling storytelling and unapologetic authenticity, he is carving a unique path in the music industry and becoming a powerful voice for the unheard.



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