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Devynity

While pregnant Devynity’s mom would place headphones on her stomach and play Quincy Jones, Basia, and a plethora of genre bending music, even create whole mixtapes hoping that Devynity; who was still in her womb, would share her love for music. Devynity remembers the music she heard as a child, “my mom's vinyl collection is a DJ's dream. She listens to a variety of artists. I was never pigeon-holed into liking one type of music. My mom is hands down my greatest musical influence.”

Our story starts in Southside, Jamaica Queens where Devynity was raised by her mom and grandmother. As an only child Devynity had to be very creative to keep herself entertained. "I was always reading something, words have been my oasis." This increased her love for the English language and consequently led to her battling kids at, of all places, school spelling bees and oratorical contests. Her interest in wordplay flourished and transformed into spoken-word, then her destiny was fulfilled. Devynity was introduced to a woman at church named Barbara Bethea who she credits with bringing her into the performance world. "She’s a spoken word artist, who at that time, took me under her wing and introduced me to that world officially." Building her buzz on the underground circuit, Devynity performed at The Vault, opened for N'dea Davenport, performed with Malik Yoba, the 2007 Essence Music Festival in New Orleans, the Pyramid End of the Weak showcase, MTV's first MC Battle, the National Black Theater in Harlem, and the Nuyorican Poets Café. The Nuyorican Poet’s Café became a second home to her and she started slamming on a regular basis. It was in 2002 that Devynity made a name for herself as a slam poet, moving up the ranks winning slam after slam until she landed a spot at the Grand Slam finals. That season she made the Nuyorican Poet’s Slam team which went on to win 3rd at the National Poetry Slam among 53 other teams.

Her transition from competing at slams and writing poetry to spitting verses was seamless. "Spoken-word allowed me to express myself in such a fluid way, and on stage at spoken-word shows, I would just start rapping."

Devynity auditioned to attend F.H. LaGuardia High School of Music, Arts and the Performing Arts, most commonly known as the “Fame” School. After Devynity was accepted she was soon surrounded by like-minded individuals. "Going to LAG really helped develop my imagination. There would be days when full concerts would go down in the cafeteria." While there she worked with a group called Common Thred, a neo-soul collaborative. Devynity recorded and co-produced her 1st spoken-word album later that year. “I’m repping for the ladies in a different way than what we’ve seen more recently. I also love Hip-Hop and study MCs so I try to write at a level that’s comparable in terms of substance.” Currently Devynity is working with on her official debut Cooked Doos with music producers/engineers, Snake Eyes, D Real, Ryan Perfect and his company Audio Pictures; a dynamic collective of MCs, producers, graphic artist, and writers.

Education is something that has always been important to the young MC. “I’ve always been a very diligent student. I truly do believe that knowledge is power, as contrived as that may sound. My art thrives on the fact that I know what’s going on. Coming from a family where no one went to college, graduating was something I absolutely had to do.”