Young Dre The Truth
Why He Is ďThe TruthĒ: "Back in the day, the O.G.ís and the homies would tell me, 'Your name ainít Young Dre; you ĎThe Truthí because you speak the truth in your music.' I put them together and claimed the name later on in life, and I believe in that now cause Iím always gonna speak the truth. Every time I get on the mic, Iím going to speak the truth. I canít even do anything fake."
On The Struggles Mentioned On Madden Ď09 Single ďWorkiníĒ: "My biggest struggle was just making it out of poverty. I was born in the game and my family were somewhat nomadic. When you grow up with that hustler mentality, you grow up with that obstacle and have to make something of yourself. Everyone has tragedy in one form or another. What makes my story so great is that it became a triumph. As opposed to whining and boohooing about how bad everything was, I just say it was bad and it made me who I am today. I approach music that same way."
How Gang-banging Shaped Him: "Iím from the Eastside of South Central, the heart of where Cripping started. Itís a piece of who I am. The gang mentality has made me someone who can look back and say this what we need to do to be better now because I lived it. Itís like someone from the military trying to explain war to somebody who ainít never get their hands dirty. You can even look at politics. I supported Barack Obama because it seems like heís more for us, but I think John McCain as a P.O.W. got the right to speak about [war] because heís been in that. I can respect thatÖAs black men, I think we really have to step it up if we have lived this gang lifestyle and let the younger generation know whatís real."
The Transition From Young Poet To Young Dre The Truth: "I was once in a foster home because my parents were locked up. A teacher knew I was having a hard time, so she started assigning me these poetry assignments. It was around Halloween and I had this one poem like, 'Oh, here comes Dracula with his flashing lights/Oh, here comes Dracula, heís high as a kite.' There was a writerís convention and she entered my poems into a contest and I was chosen as one of the winners. That let me know that I could write. Hip Hop was always in my life, so it was natural for me to start writing my own raps to other peopleís songs. Once I knew I could write and I could record on a two-deck radio, it was a wrap. I was a rapper from that day on."
On Having His Music Played In Madden: "Iíve been into this since Tecmo Bowl, Ten Yard Hut, and playing Madden since Ď92. Madden is culture for us in the black community, or any community actually. Madden is about push-ups, money, respect, and everything. I remember playing this back in the in the day saying that I was going to put music in this, and I didnít even know they had that at the time. Itís one of my dreams that I set out to make and itís one dream that I made come true."
Working With A Non-Traditional Record Company: "Itís a monumental move. Being [at Artwerk], itís one of the greatest platforms ever. Iím in Madden, NBA Live, and all these other video games. Secondly, itís the way they think. Like theyíre saying, letís sell my music on Xbox 360 or the PS3 so people can download things directly through the game system, watch your show, buy someoneís song and put it in the video game. Itís just a good lookÖWeíre definitely working on more than just video games. What weíre doing right now is finding the right partner, whether it be a major label, a distributor, MySpace or whatever. Whoever we pick, itíll be partnership between myself, Artwerk, and the label. Iím about 90% done with my album."
How A Rapper From South Central Teamed Up With Two Pop Rockers: "Iím working with Dead Execs, which is Benji and Joel Madden of Good Charlotte and Jay E, who did like every Nelly hit you can name. I met them through mutual people and we just hung-out. I was really interested in working with Linkin Park and doing some genre-bending music, so somebody told me to check out Dead Execs. They invited me to the crib, put one in the air, and we started making monumental, historical music right there on the spotÖ I been rapping since I was in the third grade, so itís a natural evolution to want to do something thatís different and sounds good to the ears. At the end of the day, Iím working with good people who got good ears, make great tracks, and got soul in their heart. The Madden brothers Ė Good Charlotte Ė they got soul! I also got E-40 [click to read], Nate Dogg, Snoop Dogg, and Rider Clicc on my album. Iím in the lab with whoever got it. If itís off the hook and itís dope, thatís who Iím working with."
What Makes Him DXNext: "One thing that weíve lost in this music industry Ė not only in rap, but music in general Ė is uniqueness. Thatís whatís makes people be drawn to you, not that weíve got an artist who has [a certain style] and we go out to sign 10 artists who sound just like him. I donít sound like anybodyÖmy strategy is to let people get a taste of me. I got a crazy, real infectious, catch-on personality. Iím real influential to say the least. Iím not just putting on cause Iím doing an interview. Hang out with me for an hour and Iíll have you yelling 'Cheah Bah' and following my mannerisms like nothing. As west coast as I am, Iím worldwide and a leader. New York cats are doing what I do and I love that about myself. I donít have to sell myself out at all."