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By day, rap artist Derek Meitzer, aka D'Meitz, is Lance Cpl. Meitzer, currently stationed at Marine Corps Base Quantico in Virginia. (Pratik Shah/The Washington Times)

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By day, Derek Meitzer, aka D’Meitz, is Lance Cpl. Meitzer, currently stationed at Marine Corps Base Quantico in Virginia. But when the uniform comes off, he spends his time on stage or in a recording studio in Herndon. "I really just want to do music," he says. "Create continuously." (Pratik Shah/The Washington Times)

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Derek Meitzer, aka D’Meitz (left), freestyles with friends before a rap battle competition at Studio Braat in D.C. By day, the rap artist is Lance Cpl. Meitzer, currently stationed at Marine Corps Base Quantico in Virginia. (Pratik Shah/The Washington Times)