30-year-old Relentlezz Dre doesn’t know the meaning of the word “rejection.” Sure, he’s faced it; with a sound that crosses genres and breaks the typical radio-friendly mold, many record labels had no clue what to do with him as an artist even if they recognized how enormously talented he was.
Persistence became this hip hop artist’s weapon of choice. He hustled his way through the streets of the DMV as a songwriter, performer and lyricist, while not-so-quietly taking the DMV underground by storm. With his mixtape series “Yea I’m Relentlezz Volumes 1, 2 and 3,” it glorifies the lyrical talent of Relentlezz Dre’s contribution not only to the DMV scene but also to hip-hop and rap.
Unsigned by choice, Relentlezz Dre is ready to unleash his debut album, tentatively titled Tyranny, to be released soon.
Dubb Spot Records jumped at the chance to chat with Relentlezz Dre for our Featured Artist Of The Week. We got down to business chatting about everything from his earliest musical memory, the state of the hip hop scene as we know it today and his current discography and future albums to be released.
Dubb Spot Records: How old were you when you developed an interest in music?
Relentlezz Dre: I was about 14 or 15.
DSR: What was your earliest musical memory? What formed your love of music in your head?
RD: My 1st tape was Outkast and I like the way the album was put together and since then I always had it in my mind that’s what I want to do!
DSR: Let’s get to know a little more about you and how you grew up. What was it like in your hometown? What kind of kid were you?
RD: I’m a real country boy. I grew up in a small town in the woods. Where everybody knew everybody. The type of kid I was? I always took things apart and put them back together. I was quiet.
DSR: So let’s talk about your music. How would you describe your sound to someone who has never heard it before?
RD: I can’t really explain. All I can tell the people is if you like talent and thought behind the lyrics then my music is what you need. People tell me my sound is different but they can’t explain who or where it sounds like I’m from.
DSR: What is the significance of your name?
RD: Because of where I’m from it wasn’t going to stop me from getting my name and my music out there.
DSR: There’s a part of the industry that irks me the most, where great music gets overlooked because it doesn’t fit a mold. How frustrating is that for you, if people seem to think that you don’t have that sound for radio?
RD: It kills me cause I know I have as much talent or more talent that’s on the radio. And I wouldn’t say my sound isn’t for radio but the majority of the listeners want watered down music so they get what they request.
DSR: What do you think needs to be brought to music in this decade and how do you plan to add to that?
RD: Realness!!! Not everybody has millions of dollars or fancy cars. I write about what average people, well that’s not a right way to put it but, what the majority of the people go through on a daily bases.
DSR: What do you think of the music that came out in the last decade?
RD: Most of it sounds like a bunch of people just got high and drunk and went into the studio.
DSR: How would you rate the music that your music competes against in your local area, the DMV?
RD: It’s hard to say. It’s alot of talent out here and I can’t really say.
DSR: Have you learned any lessons so far and if so, what are they?
RD: I learned you can’t do everything on your own. You definitely need a team. Definitely surround yourself with people you can trust and have as much faith in you as you do yourself.
DSR: Do you write all of your own material? And if so, are you working on any new projects or have any projects that you are promoting right now?
RD: Yes I write 100% of my music. Right now I’m working on my album called “Tyranny” and right now I’m promoting my “Yeah I’m Relentlezz” mixtape series.
DSR: Where can the people of the DMV find you performing or attend the events you are involved in?
RD: When it comes to shows, I can pop up anywhere. You never know when you might have a Relentlezz sighting lol.
DSR: Where can we find your music online and offline?
RD: Online my music can be found at http://www.relentlezz.com thats my official site.
DSR: We ask all Artists that we interview, what’s the best piece of advice that someone has ever given to you?
RD: Never give up cause of what other people think or say. You wouldn’t believe how people just knew I wouldn’t make it this far.
DSR: Is there anything else that you would like to include in closing of this interview?
RD: I would like to thank my family and fans that support me cause I’m being me. They let me keep my music honest and I love them for that.
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