#TentTV Exclusive Interview: Atlanta Georgia’s Dreak B on the State of Hip Hop, His Mission to Save a Generation, Sacrifices for Music and His Latest Single, “Overdue.”

Dreak B is born and raised on the south side of Atlanta, GA in the Zone 3 Summer Hill area. He is a full-time recording artist. He has relationships with artist like YFN Lucci and Dae Dae that have motivated him to master the street melodic sound he has today. His collaboration with teenage artist Vez was a connection through his relative and manager, music executive Jonathan “Beauty Salon” Hamm. Vez is a buzzing teenage artist from the South West Albuquerque, NM who has been seen on The Source, Baller Alert, ThisIs50, AllHipHop and World Star Hip Hop.
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Tent TV got some time to chop it up with Dreak B. Check out the full Dreak B interview below.
What’s your earliest memory of hip-hop, the culture? (rap, graffiti, b-boying, DJ’ing, etc.)

2 Pac is the 1st Hip Hop experience of Hip Hop I enjoyed.

Where are you from and what’s the story behind your rap name?

I’m from Atlanta Georgia Zone 3. I kept the original name I grew up with.

Growing up, what kind of music was played in your household and how has it influenced the music you create?

Honestly, the only music that was played in my household was only RandB music. I feel like it gave me my soul.

Tell us about your neighborhood growing up and how it influence you?

I grew up in Summerhill Atlanta but I have stayed all over Atlanta Georgia. The neighborhood had a lot going on, fun times, violence drugs and money, nothing really different than any other hood.

Name the hip-hop artists that have influenced your flow and what, if anything did you borrow from them? (delivery, punchlines, storytelling, substance)

I really don’t have an influential rapper, but I did enjoy Gucci, Jeezy and Tip’s music. They were the only rappers I really listened to.

What are your thoughts on your city’s hip-hop seen currently? 

I feel like my city is very talented and looked forward to working with anyone trying to feed their families the best way possible, beef free

What sacrifices have you made or things that you had to go without because you’ve invested in your artistry?

I stopped putting my life on the line with selling drugs. I took a pay cut but however, I know God can’t fail.

As a hip-hop artist, what do you feel your responsibility is to the hip-hop culture?

My responsibility to the hip-hop culture is to show that violence and drugs lead in one direction.

Hip-hop has grown in popularity over the years. What are your thoughts on hip-hop becoming the most popular music genre?

I feel as if since Hip Hop is so popular so let’s live the right way for the children, let’s save a generation and make music fa the ladies but still show its ok to be street. Hip Hop becoming the most popular genre shows me that our people and others can change a wave with what comes out of our mouths.

Your latest single is, “Overdue” produced by Chinaman Hustle and Jonathan “Beauty Salon” Hamm, what’s the motivation behind the record? 

I was thinking of things I know most of us go through, and I felt as if we should take it there, that’s all.

What made you choose “NAME OF SINGLE HERE” as a single?

I chose it as a single because I felt as if most of the world could relate in some shape form or fashion.

What’s your reaction to the response to the record?

A lot of people are telling me that they love it, they feel glad I touched base on a sensitive subject.

What does hip-hop mean to you?

Hip Hop means a lot to me. It means don’t be afraid to take it there however you’re taking it.

In your opinion, what’s the current state of hip-hop? 

In my opinion, the current state of hip-hop is coming to an end, if there’s anyone to save the youth its a rap.

Do you feel mainstream hip-hop artists are doing justice with rap?

I honestly don’t feel like mainstream artist are doing well with rap. They’re not uplifting the generation ahead.

Tell us about other ventures you’re currently working on. (web series, clothing brands, etc)  

At this moment I’m currently working on how to build a better future, not only for my children but the children of the future. 

What producers and artist did you work with on this project? 

I worked with ChinamanHustle and executive producer Jonathan “Beauty Salon” Hamm.

What do you want listeners to get from the project?

From my project I want the listeners to know that I care about our future and would love to actually help my people, nothing more nothing less. I want listeners to get an old school flow with a new school feel.

What’s your favorite track off the project and why?

My favorite track is “OVERDUE.” There’s a lot of truth in my music.

How do you feel you’ve grown as an artist since your last project? 

Honestly, this is one of my 1st projects and I can’t wait to show my supporters how excited I am to work for them.

Where can the readers support you and your music online and social media? (Snapchat, Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, etc)

I’m on Instagram as Dreak_B and you can also see me on YouTube Dreak B.

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