Interview: Doe F.A.M. on success from his track “Ridiculous” and new song “Tribulations”
Doe F.A.M. talks about his single “Ridiculous,” featuring Don Trip, reaching over a million views, and more.
“My sound is definitely versatile,” Doe F.A.M. said in a recent interview. “I will give you the uppity trap sound, but then I will give you the serious informative side of me, where I’m divulging stories about my life or how I came up.”
Doe F.A.M., originally from St. Louis, Missouri, is an up-and-coming rapper who is talented and versatile with what he brings to the table. On his newest track, “Tribulations,” Doe F.A.M. switches up his flow and moves away from “a ‘trap’ sound to more of a motivational sound. The heartfelt track takes an in-depth look at Doe F.A.M.’s life, stating his new objective is to buy his neighborhood block and “clean the streets up.”
As far as past projects, Doe F.A.M. has seen much success from his anthem track “Ridiculous,” featuring veteran and legendary rapper Don Trip. The song has garnered over 1 million views on WorldStarHipHop.
Doe F.A.M. is definitely continuing to work to release more music this year and plans on putting out more visuals. In the meantime, you can watch “Tribulations” below, and keep up with him on social media @doehaynes.
What city are you from/ Where are you based now?
I am from St. Louis, Missouri. Based in Florida.
What is your artist name? What is your real name? How did you get your artist name?
My artist name is “Doe F.A.M.” My real name is D’Landol Kahleir Haynes. My artist name came from my nickname “Doe” and my group’s name “Fresh A** Music” “Fam and Money” (F.A.M.)
At what point in your life did you decide to pursue a career in music?
I have always had it in me. My grandpa is Grammy Nominee Blues’ Singer Ray Brooks. My mom also worked with a lot of big names back in the day. Chuck Berry is also a distant family member. I dropped my first song back in 2012. I actually recently started taking music seriously in 2020. I learned the ins and outs a bit more.
Has your upbringing played a role in shaping who you are and defining your sound today? If so, how?
Well, I have always been my own person. My dad was in a federal penitentiary for 13 years of my life, and I pretty much had to survive with a single mother and brother. The struggle definitely brought the best out of me. I have been in trouble a few times, but that is what makes my sound. Just everything, the struggle, the come up, losing loved ones to the streets. I like to show that anything is possible. I was once the kid people thought would not graduate or would be dead or in jail.
How would you describe your sound to readers who may not be familiar with you? My sound is definitely versatile. I will give you the uppity trap sound, but then I will give you the serious informative side of me, where I’m divulging stories about my life or how I came up. To best describe my trap sound I’d say if you mixed G Herbo and a Memphis artist. I have more of a serious voice, but I bring a swag with it.
What ultimately inspired you to dedicate yourself to a music career?
Honestly, the feedback I receive is the main thing. If I did not have so many people that believed in me, I’m sure it would be a lot harder. Also just knowing that people look forward to hearing what I have to say. And knowing I can change lives through it.
What’s one reason you are passionate about music, and what inspires you?
I am passionate about music because it helps me express myself. I am not the type to talk about anything; music is a coping mechanism for me. It helps me relieve stress in a fun way. I honestly just enjoy the process of writing and recording. My family and fans inspire me. They always keep me going with their feedback. When I drop a song that’s what I look for… the feedback. And just knowing I could change lives with what I’m doing, not just for my own people but people who can relate or just people in general.