Whatchu Think? - Now For A Limited Time Darius' hit single, 'Whatchu Think?' is in it's last round of printing, which means the single will soon be unavailable. Although it will still be available to purchase through iTunes, the actual compact disc will be discontinued. So Get Your Copy Now! Darius was born into a hardworking, middle class Afro-American family. As a young boy he and his younger sister attended a private Christian school. There he got very involved in music class and developed a passion for music. At an early age, Darius showed interest in, and was inspired by, other artists such as Prince, Michael Jackson, Jimmy Jam, and Terry Lewis. As he went into middle school, Darius had already developed a flare for songwriting. For his birthday, his parents bought him a keyboard when he was in the seventh grade and from there he spent endless hours producing beats and sounds to go with the several songs he had written. Palmer attended Eastlake High School, where he was an honor student and ran track. He stayed out of trouble and focused most of his free-time towards music and writing. In his last year of high school, Darius showcased a five-track demo for a class assignment, in which he titled Darius Palmer: On The Rise. The demo, which included songs titled Mr. LaMar, On The Radio, and Everything, had all been recorded in his bathroom. Impressed with his raw talent, Darius' music teacher urged him to pursue a career in music. After graduating high school in 2003, Palmer enrolled in music courses at a San Diego community college. There he shaped his ideas for the future and began to take his music more serious. In December 2003, Palmer sought the advice of an entertainment attorney, who recommended he record another demo, one of which would prove his determination and maturity. He also signed on to Ecklace Management, a new management team established in San Diego. In January 2004, Darius began work on Snakes Below, a compilation of songs recorded in a basement studio. Songs included, Want Me Now, Talker, and My Only Love. The album took three months to produce and managed to develop a small fan base for Palmer. Several weeks after it's release, Darius managed to book meetings with A&R execs at Interscope, Jive, and Geffen, but because of poor scheduling and lack of interest from his attorney, the album went no where and the meetings never took place. After gaining popularity amongst the locals, Darius decided to keep pushing and work on new material. He did a cover to the song, Half Crazy by Musiq, which was featured on his website. Alongside, How I Feel, a hip hop dance track, Can't Restrain, an R&B uptempo track, and Sick and Tired. Palmer is now working on a full length album, scheduled for a late summer 2006 release. The album is said to reference Prince's sound of Funk and R&B with a touch of Pop. In a statement released on his official Myspace page, Darius wrote: 'Everything is finally coming together. At first, I hadn't planned on recording an album, I was sort of messing around with tracks and just writing. Usually, when I sit down to write, it isn't as if I have a specific direction in mind for any one song. By the time I get to a certain place in the music, it begins to mold itself an identity and I'd say to myself, 'I think I have something here.' A couple days after Thanksgiving, I began to work on demos in my bedroom. It's cool working at home. It's convenient, cozy and there's no studio time ticking by. Plus, if you wake up in the middle of the night and have an idea, you just turn on the equipment, and go. My schedule was kind of sporadic in the beginning. I'd work on some tracks for a week, then let it sit for two weeks. Occasionally, I'd work 13, 14 hours on music straight. I wanted this album to have a gritty raw edge to it, as if it were recorded in an alley at 123rd street in Harlem. I didn't want some light glossy production to permeate my sound. I got back into my usual style of mixing, which is pretty bass oriented, analog, hit-you-over-the head kind of stuff. When I record a song, the attitude is: Either make a song work, or it's not going to be on the album. That's that.' Palmer promises to deliver the goods on his upcoming album releasing October 24, 2006.