Though Hip-Hop has its fair share of flaws, one thing you cannot discredit in it is the amount of soul that is often placed into the music. A culture that is primarily associated with Black individuals since its conception, a lot of the pain that we have gone through throughout time still lingers in the sounds being put out today. It isn’t always sad though when you consider the soul that influences the genre, often times it can actually be uplifting.
Indiana-born, Mississippi-based MC Dré Dys is fresh off of the release of his “The Bridge” EP which is a shining example of how soul and the past can influence great Hip-Hop in the current day. The project not only heavily samples music from prior era’s, but it also carries a certain aura that reminds you of the confidence black people had to exhibit to maintain throughout it all. It is truly an impressive compilation of music and we wanted to chat with Dré to get a better understanding of how it all came together.
What’s good? We see you’ve been making some moves to get your name out a lot as of late but for anyone still sleeping tell us more about yourself?
What’s going on, y’all? And yo I appreciate that! For those of you who don’t know, coming live from the 765, it’s Westside’s Son, The Livest One, Dré Dys. I’m an up and coming, multi-talented artist coming all the way from Anderson/Indianapolis, Indiana, but I currently reside in Jackson, MS.
You are notable for a very lyrical yet forward-sounding style. I’m interested to know who are some of your biggest influences?
My style really reflects the music I came up listening too. My pops listened to a lot of funk, soul, and like that player made rap, versus my mother who loved neo soul and gangsta rap. That, the type of music I fell in love with myself, and coming up in the church is why I sound like I do. Some of the artists I would highlight more specifically are: Biggie Smalls, André 3000, Michael Jackson, DMX, 50 Cent, LL Cool J, Snoop Dogg, Dr. Dre, Jay-Z, George Clinton, Ludacris, Anderson .Paak, Kanye West, Nate Dogg, and Lil Wayne. I know that’s a long list, but I feel like I took a little bit from all of them.
When was it that you made the decision to rap and why did you?
I’ve honestly been rapping since I can remember. I used to bite old Dr. Dre flows and make them into my own verses lol. It’s really just something I’ve always been able to do.
Did you always think you would garner the level of popularity you’re beginning to now? Or was there a moment that let you know you could seriously be a star someday?
I always knew I could do it, but I didn’t realize till recently how obtainable it all really is. My family always been real supportive of me in general. My grandmama always tells me how God has a special plan for me, and has been telling me that since I was a baby. With influences like that, its kinda hard not to have the want to make something shake.
So you are currently in Mississippi as a student but not originally from here. Can you tell us what some of the differences between home and here are and how they affect your music?
Well, I’m originally from the westside of Anderson, Indiana, 18 and Arrow Ave to be exact, which is the “Westside A.I.” I always refer to. I lived there with my mother and my older brother till I was about 12. Anderson is real small. Like reaaaaal small. Only thing we really had to do when we were coming up is hit the mall, which had like five stores in it, go to the Rollerena, go to the park, or do hood rat things with friends lol. When I moved to Indianapolis with my pops and step-mother, things sped up a lot. Nap was a lot bigger and faster, and had a lot more things to get into. The music scene there was a lot bigger than Anderson’s too, which is why I go so hard for where I’m from. It’s a lot of dope artists there that never made it out. I’m trying to be the first. Jackson is definitely a lot bigger than Anderson, but def smaller than Nap. The music scene is waaaay more inviting. Really y’all just got a lot of soul down here, and I love it.
You just recently released your last project “The Bridge” which I personally feel is some of your best work. Tell us about your thought process going into crafting everything?
I def agree that that’s by far my best work as of now. A lot of this y’all got my brother, HometeamTre, to thank for. I was working on a completely different project, that was almost finished, until I went to go link with him one day. He showed me beats that he found and thought would fit my sound, and the rest was history. We knocked out Vibin’ Coolin’ first and put that out as a single. Then, I got a 5 hour block at KMKG Studios, and knocked out the rest. For me this was all new. I hadn’t been doing much singing on songs before this, nor was I used to recording in a studio. I usually recorded in my room and had other artists sing my hooks for me, but Tre was big on me making this project with no features. He was telling me how he felt I should showcase how talented I truly was, and I feel like it played out well.
The tape carries a very laid back vibe, was this a goal when creating it or did it just seem to come out that way naturally?
Man, really naturally. Tre & I are real chill dudes, so I guess that’s kinda how it came about. A lot of the verses were already wrote before a beat was found. It just kinda worked out that way.
How has the response been to the tape thus far? Was it what you expected or a bit more than that?
It’s been so craaaazy lol. Like unexpected, but not surprised. I knew it was good, but like I didn’t know if people would take to it, because it was an experimental project for me. I showed a lot of flavors I ain’t think people knew I had, and for them to take to it, it was DOPE. It’s still up from here.
What is the biggest obstacle you feel you have had to overcome to get to where you are today?
Myself, honestly. As cliché as that sounds, I struggled with confidence, finding myself, and loving what I found. After I that was sorted, I blossomed as an individual and an artist.
Since coming into the game what do you think is the biggest lesson you have had to learn to date?
“Don’t compare you chapter 3 to my chapter 7”
Sometimes you’ll see dudes making moves and wonder why that isn’t you, but you can’t do that to yourself. You trynna get to the bag, or watch somebody else grab it? Play your part, run your race, and if you play your cards right, everything will fall into place.
Outside of the money it can bring, what do you think is your favorite part of being a musician?
The connections. I was never the most social dude ever, so to have this many people wanna hear what I have to say is wild to me. I’ve met some of my greatest friends on this journey.
Where do you see yourself in 5 years from now?
Still rockin’, hopefully living off my music, and on tour.
At what point do you feel you will think you’ve finally made it as a musician? Is there one particular goal you want to reach that will give you a sense of accomplishment?
When I can give my family more than they ever had, and leave something for my kids, I know I accomplished everything I set out to do. It’s all for them at the end of the day.
What’s next up for you that people need to keep a look out for?
Up first is the Pump Fake video, shot by my brother @B_Nodd. It’s honestly crazy. I’m working on a new project. Don’t know when I’ll put it out, but it’s coming. I’ll probably give y’all something to vibe to this summer too, so stay tuned for that.
Last but not least, if you had to give anyone 3 good reasons to listen to your music today what would they be?
1). My music SLAP lol.
2). I really put a lot of time and energy into what I create, and I feel that shows.
3). I really feel my music is timeless. Something y’all can rock with for a while. Some of it you can even play at the cookout. I just want y’all to enjoy.