Monthly Boss Q&A ft. Dre R
Updated: Aug 16, 2020
When a hip hop artist starts dominating IG stories & all of the top stages in Las Vegas... you can't help but want to know more.
It's no secret that Dre Riddick knows how to drop a hit, but we're talking about more than just talent here. This guy knows how to work. Is it his Buffalo, NY roots that helped form his "hustler" mentality? Or was it his dedication on the football field that lead him to play for The Ohio State University? (O-H!) I'd even say his ability to survive in the competitive Las Vegas nightlife industry might have influenced it. Either way, I want to know more! I
Dre started rapping when he was only 12 years old, and began football at 10 years old. Working hard at his dream is nothing new to him. We've seen him perform at 1OakLV, Drai's Nightclub, On The Record, Cake SD and The Act in Dubai. I got to dig a little deeper with him in a recent Q&A... check it out below.
s: As an artist, would you say that you're in the business of "you"?
s: What was the trigger point that made you decide to get into music?
d: When I was 12yrs old, one of my favorite NFL players at the time released a song... and I just felt like "if he can do it, why can't I?"
s: Do you think it's important to educate yourself on the business side of things in this industry? Or solely focus on the craft itself?
d: Absolutely!!! The artistic side is my passion, but the business is extremely important.
s: I always come across these articles like "Wild Tour Stories" and "Untold Stories of Hip Hop". What's the craziest thing you've ever witnessed? d: Craziest story so far: one of my boys hit me up looking for a studio for some of his clients to record at. It ended up being Kevin Durant, Rudy Gay and DeMar DeRozan who were in town for Team USA practices. So now, after hours of clownin in the studio, there’s an unreleased remix of Future’s “March Madness”, featuring myself, Rudy & KD.
s: Your music has a distinctive sound, and a good one at that. Do you have any hip hop idols that have been an influence to your music?
d: Fabolous, Jay-Z, Drake, Wale, J. Cole are probably my personal favorites. There’s so much lyrical content and storytelling. You can really engage in their music and connect to the artist along their journey. You develop that closeness, similar to the feeling you get following an entire TV series.
Sometimes I need to just take a break and come back to it later.
s: I know in many industries, especially music, nothing is more annoying than experiencing a creative block. How do you get through that?
d: Creative blocks are super annoying. Sometimes I have to look to other music/movies/etc. for inspiration. Sometimes I need to just take a break and come back to it later.
s: Any suggestions for the newbies?
d: Best advice I can give for music or anything else is to always stay true to yourself!
s: Lastly, what can we look forward to from Dre R?
d: QuarantineSZN is streaming now on all platforms. More new music on the way next month, as well as live performances once nightclubs reopen!
In that case, I can't wait for these re-openings... and if it's not the stage where we'll see him, we can find Dre hosting top VIPs at Drai's Nightclub or directly on your next iTunes & Spotify playlists. Quarantine SZN Streaming Now! Follow @dre_r for updates on his next drop.