DDm is a rapper from Baltimore whose name is as much a product of his career’s unusual trajectory as his music is. When I first met him about five years ago, he was rapping under the name Midas and tearing opponents apart at local MC battles like Style Warz and making fairly traditional solo mixtapes. A couple years later, he linked up with the label Mania Music Group, becoming part of a wrecking crew of creative, offbeat rappers and producers, and began forging a more unique sound and identity under the name Dappa!!! Dan Midas. And in the last year or two, he’s shortened his handle to DDm and has undergone more changes in both his musical aesthetic and his public persona. Namely, he’s begun to incorporate diverse dance and Baltimore club music influences in his music, and he’s come out of the closet as a gay man, still a rarity in the world of underground hip-hop.