Dre Da Realist: Lyrics Before Beats

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Dre Da Realist is an up and coming rapper based in St. Petersburg, FL. Focusing on crafting meaningful lyrics, Dre is well on his way to reminding the masses that rappers are masterful wordsmiths. I got the chance to sit down with him and listen. Listen to how he mixes old and new, listen to his aspirations and listen to what impassions him.

 

How did you first get into music?

I first got into music when doing a project in 8th grade. My teacher encouraged my boy and I to rap. We were kinda playing around, but taking it seriously too. From there I really got into it around 2012, and started doing shows and interviews. Now I’m getting back into it, promoting and everything.

I bet your teacher would be glad to hear that. So, do you write outside of music?

I’ve always wrote well. Academically, scoring high and writing quickly. I’m also working on a book of poetry.

Now that’s interesting. Tell me about that.

It’s a collection of about 50-100 poems about real life, eye-opening situations. Dealing with people, motives, signs. We really have to analyze the way people have impacted our lives, good or bad. They’re in it for a reason, so we have to learn from those interactions.

I wrote a poem in high school to a female I was talking to and then put some others on Facebook. People reacted well and that’s how I knew I had a talent for writing, not just rapping. People really connect with me through my poetry because they get to see deeper into my mind.

That’s amazing. Rap is often likened to poetry. So, what finally drove you to pursue music?

When I saw the effect music had on people, with their emotions and everything. That’s not a gift everyone has and when I saw I had that gift, I knew I had to keep going. I’m expressing myself, listening back to my tracks as if I’m not the person who made it, so I can get that outside perspective.

What style of music do you prefer to listen to?

Hip hop and R&B. Any music really where people are talking about life, with a message. I don’t really like meaningless music that’s just made to sound good.

What style do you like to create?

Hip Hop, but more about feelings. I also do inspirational songs, giving positive outlooks on situations I’ve gotten through. Sometimes people don’t see different perspectives until they hear others speak on similar situations which they can apply to their own.

Yeah sometimes hearing it from someone else is what we need. What is your musical process in that goal?

It depends, sometimes I write a poem first, or sometimes I hear an instrumental and write to that. People ask how my raps go exactly with the beat, I wrote it that way. However, I’m really precise in my writing. Going back and sometimes just changing one word, just perfecting it.

Who are some of your musical influences?

My biggest musical influence is Tupac. He was outspoken, motivational but he never portrayed himself as one thing, people change. I’ve had the name Dre Da Realist a long time. People told me all the time I was the realist person they’ve met. It was a name everyone embraced. I tell the people how I feel because someone out there needs to hear it. Too many people sugarcoat and that’s not going to get anywhere.

How do you infuse your personal style with your influences?

It comes naturally, I’m compare to a lot of rappers I look up to or listen to (Tupac, Biggie Smalls, Big Sean, J. Cole). When I listen, my mind studies and I don’t forget. From my song Legends Will Survive “I was bumping Pac and Biggy absorbing all the talent.” It’s not about mimicking, it’s merging what speaks to me and creating my own style from there.

We’re used to hearing songs where they’re singing or rapping to the beat but artists like you and Big Sean have the track going on, but are doing something completely different with the lyrics. How do you know when the flow is right?

Some songs I flow where it goes to the beat and I want people to bop. But, when I want to get to where I want to just say everything I need to say, sometimes I speed it up or slow down, but still never lose the rhythm.

It’s so interesting to hear your remixes to 90s rap. The mix of classic tracks with modern flow is kind of shocking yet refreshing. Why do you choose that route instead of sticking to more modern instrumentals?

Every now and then I like to bring back the classics. I do new and old. People who remember the classics will remember those songs, hear my lyrics and know that meaningful lyrics are still being created. Lyrics like that really started rap and I can’t ever let that be forgotten. Tupac said there would be a day when people listened to a beat more than the importance of lyrics.

What projects are you working on now?

I’m working on an album. I have to record a track tonight actually. The album is featuring some serious artists who are putting their hearts into their music. I’ve got some shirts and CDs coming out and everything will be found on my social media. Next month I’ll drop the music video for my next single “Young Star.” I’m in the process of recording right now.

Of course, I’m following you everywhere. What gets you hype about performing? Seeing you in a conversational setting, you’re the chilliest person I’ve ever met. But when you’re performing and on video like with your ZEZE Challenge, it’s like a completely different person.

Once the song starts playing and people get into it and get out of their seats, I lock in. It doesn’t matter how old the song is, I feel just the way I felt when I wrote it. It’s going to be over soon so I go out there and I’m passionate. I say everything I need to say. But really, it’s the people that get me hype. I want the impact on them to be bigger and better every time.

Follow Dre Da Realist on his social media pages for all updates!

Facebook: dre mells

Insta/snap: dredarealist

Youtube: Dre Da Realist

Soundcloud: DreDaRealist

 

Guest Post: Melody Greene: Someday My Princes Will Come

Characters should win or lose by their own power!

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Welcome back to the final week of my guest post fantasy series! This has been SO MUCH FUN for me to get to dive into the minds of other fantasy writers, to read where they land on issues, and to see what they write about when given ultimate freedom. 

The final post here wraps up with a great reminder about contemporary fiction with female leads and I love this. It’s a GREAT reminder as a writer with female lead characters to remember what’s important and to AVOID certain common pitfalls in the writing. 

So buckle up and dive into Melody’s take on female leads and how to avoid barfing on your own keyboard. 


Oh heavens I’ve fallen into a magical lake and come through to a rosy world of elves and angels that will be destroyed if I don’t save the day. How can I accomplish this? I don’t know…

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A New Moon Rises by Melody Greene

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My debut novel is finally here! After editing, tears, rejection, editing, stress, love and more editing, Maritza’s journey is available for you to enjoy!

This middle grade novel set in the Andes mountains of Chile follows Maritza, a young, unsure girl as she takes on the task of saving her little sister from succumbing to a magical illness. Cheer Maritza on as she discovers herself and her father’s legends in this emotional, mystical tale!

Available Here!

Ignited by A. M. Deese

 

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I’ve recently had the pleasure to read Ignited by debut young adult author A. M. Deese. This fantasy world is full of intrigue, magic, corruption and of course dragons. This wonderful story is told in multiple points of view by a diverse cast of characters, and twists the conventional perceptions of the young adult genre.

The story has an unexpected opening. The main character, Jura, awkwardly stumbles into top ranks of her people’s governing power. I found this introduction quite charming as the author establishes the rules of the world but also shows us that the heroine has much room to grow. Trust me when I say, Jura will need to be a quick study.

The perception of “power” is multifaceted. There are those with actual magical powers, but they aren’t the people in charge. In fact they’re the complete opposite depending on where they live. So many cultural, political and religious factors contribute to the intricate world Deese has created. The theme of power and control is a deep seeded theme throughout the story.

The imagery is so beautiful. The vast desert, a glass palace and an arena for fighting dragons filled with spectators. Deese has a true talent for writing action scenes. The pacing is heart pounding and she intelligently slows down and speeds up the action at strategic moments. It was like watching a film.

Ignited is the first in a series of books. According to Deese, the next book Submerged is already in its first round of editing and I cannot wait! Buy your copy today!

Find out more about A. M. Dress at her website.