I AM 2FOUR
Born and raised in America’s music capital, Nasville, TN, De’Andre Davis’ love of music started in infancy. He honed his skills as a writer and developed his ear for a multitude of genres throughout his early childhood, thanks in great part to the exposure his father afforded him. As a teenager, Davis expanded his skill set in the studio by enrolling in Hillsboro High School’s Audio Technology program and eventually earning their Award of Academic Excellence.
Just as in the studio, Davis gave his all on the field as well, winning the state championship and landing a football scholarship to Bethel University in 2009. While away at school, music became Davis’ means of survival and expression. His growing obsession to express his ideas through music lead him to move back home after freshman year to make music his main focus, christening himself 2Four, in reference to the amount of hours spent perfecting his craft. Being a rapper in Nashville has had it’s obstacles, however 2Four doesn’t see it that way. In an interview with Middle TN Music he explains, “This will always be the home of country but It’s growing to become a lot more.”
Writing everyday and developing his stage presence through endless rehearsals and live performances, 2Four, backed by Juggernaut Entertainment, has been building a solid foundation on which he plans to build an empire. His first single, Lamborghini Dreamin’, was released in 2011, followed by his first live performance at Nashville’s acclaimed BB King’s. Never one to rest long enough to get comfortable in a particular sound, he is always on a mission to find other talents he can learn from and work with to grow his art into a boundless musical journey. “He’s been blessed with a voice that carries a lot of energy and passion, and it melds seamlessly with any style of backing tracks,” raved a reviewer from Hip Rock Magazine.
Inspired by and often compared to Lupe Fiasco, Ludacris, Travis McCoy, and B.O.B., 2Four is motivated by exploration, enrichment, and creativity. Much like the aforementioned artists who have come before him, his sights are set on something bigger than an LP or a tour. To 2Four, those achievements are just smaller steps in his “1000 step journey” towards what he plans to build — a brand and a portfolio of work that spans across genres and regions.
In 2012 he released Long Hair Don't Care -- The EP, an appetizer of his lyrical skill. Reviewers at Boropulse crowned him, “Nashville’s brand of hip-hop.” After performing at Nashville’s Hard Rock Cafe in the summer of 2013, he followed up Don’t Care with Fast Lane this past October, a mixtape compilation showcasing the evolution of his work over the past year.
2Four is aware that the road to success is not flat; it can be cut short if one is not open to change and growth. Fans and music critics alike have recognized and echoed the same beliefs he has had in his own talents and have continued to support his efforts over the years. SoundCloud summarizes it best in its review of his most recent release, Live It Up: “So what can you expect from a musician so against the grain [of] his music city’s fame? Simple answer: You can expect something against the grain… Stay creative, stay curious, and keep us posted.”