Born in Trenton, NJ and raised only by his mother, D.R.E was brought up to be humble and independent. He first started rapping at the age of 16 with a high school friend, Carlous, in a rap duo called N.F.L (Niggaz for Life). Uninspired at first, he went on hiatus until 20 when he acquired his first studio network. With experience from being an executive assistant during an internship with “Off Da Hook Entertainment” and enthusiasm from recording in an actual studio, he decided to start his own label and sign himself and two other artists to form the ultimate team.
With his conscious and genuine lyrics, plus his devotion to keeping it real, he has gained a true hip-hop fan base. Certain fans consider him to be one of the realest emcees they have heard in a long time, hence the name, “Da Realest Emcee.” Since starting his label, he has performed at several venues, including “The Freedom Theater” on Temple University’s Campus, “Unity Day” in Philadelphia, Del State’s Campus and “The Wachovia Center” for the opening of the 2005 and 2006 “And 1 Mix Tape Tour.”
In addition, he has performed in showcases hosted by DJ Kay Slay and opened up for recognized artists, such as Papoose and Styles P. Along with his label mate, “Ocean,” he was awarded best hip-hop song for “Stand UP” at the 2005 Willingboro Idol Showcase. Since then, his interest in writing has increased and progressed. D.R.E has featured on several tracks with his label mates, along with other local upcoming artists, such as “The Authentic,” “Fortae the Beast,” and “Nino Breeze.” He has recently released his second solo album entitled “Hip-Hopcrisy,” which is a follow up to his debut album “My Hip-Hop Composition.” He has had air play on several radio stations, such as 100.3 The Beat, 103.3 WPRB, Kiss 101.7, voltaradio.com, and hiphopfundamentalz.com.
He is currently performing throughout the East Coast in hopes of obtaining a marketing and distribution deal. As well, to expand his experience and have another lane to drive on towards the road of success, he has recently started DJing. After taking lessons from several seasoned DJs in his tri-state area, he is spinning at small house parties and working on several mixtape projects for independent artists across the world.