Whether as an MC, vocalist, songwriter, producer, director, arranger, educator, or activist, Danielle “Queen D.” Scott is sure to come correct. At a young age, Scott discovered her true creative identity in the expression of hip-hop. Between classical piano lessons and dreams of being an author of fiction, hip-hop became the perfect genre to blend her passion for music and storytelling. Although the music of Queen Latifah and Notorious B.I.G. were her initial teachers, Scott took her first formal hip-hop class at Berklee College of Music as part of its pioneer Hip-Hop Jazz Ensemble, making her the campus’ first female MC. She went on to teach that class, along with Hip-Hop Writing and Production.
Although Scott always recognized the power of words and music, it was through her students that she saw their true impact. This inspired her to use hip-hop as social commentary, volunteer, teach media literacy workshops, and seek performance opportunities with various nonprofits. In addition to teaching, she is in the studio working on a new project as she continues her mission to change the world through hip-hop.
- Career Highlights
- AIDS Walk New York performer (2013–2017); volunteer (2009–2012)
- Assistant music director, Music Beyond Measure (2015)
- Featured performance with Curtis Lundy (Betty Carter) for the All-Star Tribute to Phoebe Snow (including performances by members of the Billy Joel Band, the Billy Squier Band, the Conan O’Brien Band, and the World’s Most Dangerous Band)
- Musical director for Grammy-nominated artist Raheem DeVaughn (Jive) for the Boston stop of the SoulHop Tour
- Recordings include Martin Luther Queen (2014), Queen (2012), and The Price of Repression (2006)
- B.M., Berklee College of Music
In Their Own Words
“Music is equal parts magic and practice. The real practice, however, is not the notes or songs, but connection. First, connect to self so that you may connect to those around you. This is true for any facet of the music industry.”