“You Can Be Different.” Teen With Down Syndrome Takes The Rap World By Storm.

19 year old rapper arik ancelin and dj nitti standing together as they perform at an orlando nightclub

At just 19 years old, Arik Ancelin is making a name for himself in the rapping world, something he hopes will pave the way for fellow artists with Down syndrome like himself.

He has already seen plenty of success with his first three albums as well as his TikTok, where he’s managed to garner 1.5 million fans. But Arik’s latest victory may be the biggest one yet: a collaboration with producer and vocalist DJ Nitti Gritti.

The song they created together is called “True Colors.” This true labor of love focuses on the beauty of being different and encourages listeners to follow their dreams no matter what.

“Makes me feel happy because I do want a lot of people to hear that message,” Arik said. “I just want them to take away this. You can be different. I want you to be feeling good today. I just want you to be chasing your dreams, and I want them to be happy about themselves.”

To celebrate the recent release of their song, Arik and DJ Nitti had the amazing opportunity to perform it together at an Orlando nightclub, something that was an absolute dream for the up-and-coming rapper.

“Best night of my life you guys!! Thank you so much for all of the suport that helped me get to make a song with DJ Nitti,” Arik wrote on Instagram. “I love you bro.”

In addition to being a huge fan of Arik’s, DJ Nitti also wanted to collaborate with him because of his love for his own cousin, who has autism.

“It’s actually very close to my heart to be able to work on music, especially with someone with a disability. And, to treat everyone equally,” DJ Nitti said. “It’s a message that is right up my alley, and it means a lot to him to sing about it. So, I wanted to help him get his message out.”

In just a short period of time, DJ Nitti has been able to do just that, helping Arik get one step closer to his dreams.

“I want to be one of the biggest disability rappers,” Arik said, “and I want to be an inspiration to all types of people.”

We can’t wait to cheer him on as he does just that! Listen to part of their song in the video below, and don’t forget to share this story with a friend to lift their spirits today.

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