IAA: What is your music background?
WREX WASHINGTON: My first introduction to music was in 5th grade. My mom bought me a trumpet, even though I wanted a saxophone and still want one to this day, lol. I was living in Houston and true to the state in the sense that all we did as kids was freestyle with our “coming down” Texas flow, ha-ha. I was there when the Screwed Up Click and Swishahouse came up. I grew up being addicted to scripting and reading poetry.
IAA: Why do you want to record and release your own music?
WREX WASHINGTON: I record music because of how I grew up. I grew up hard and alone. I remember having dark feelings and remember how listening to music helped me get through my dark days. Music inspired me to want to help the next generation on their journey. I would read books from all religions for answers and that made me want to redistribute those ideas. We are all going through something in some form or another. Writing poetry, my voice, and my intelligence are my God-given gifts that I am now putting to use. If it becomes something that pays well, so be it. I do this for people to feel it, and so far people have responded very well.
IAA: What are your songs about?
WREX WASHINGTON: My songs range from speaking on the struggle to breaking the way the human mind has been conditioned. I speak about turning up at the party to current events to even true spirituality. I speak on religion, crime, self-hate, government “conspiracies” and of course love and joy. I could sum it up by saying I speak on the human experience.
IAA: Who is your fan base directed towards?
WREX WASHINGTON: As an age demographic I have fans from 14-42. I know that’s a wide range, but my music is for people going through something real and working on a way to overcome. My music is for the awakened thinkers and the ones who chase their dreams.
IAA: Who are your musical influences?
WREX WASHINGTON: I use to listen to Sade, Sting, Michael Jackson, Prince, and Lauryn Hill growing up. I was six-years-old when Tupac died and I cried. I saw him as the African-American king, and worshiped all of his records, lol. The first rap album I bought was an old Swishahouse mixtape with Chamillionaire, Paul Wall, Slim Thug. I’m really into meaningful hip-hop when I relax. I like listening to Outkast, The Roots, Common, Lupe, Kanye’s College Dropout. I will still turn up to ignorant stuff in the club!
IAA: How would you describe your music to people?
WREX WASHINGTON: I wish to challenge the human mind and soul so if you’re listening then you probably don’t mind thinking a little bit. My flow is everywhere. I’m very skilled in that department. I like slow loud banging slow beats. My music is rooted in the southern sound with a California charisma and New York attitude and intelligence. I’ve been called an activist, so it’s always something I’m passionate about in records.
IAA: What makes you stand out from other artists?
WREX WASHINGTON: Honestly most “artists” want worldly material accolades. While there is nothing wrong with receiving rewards, the only thing in life that I’m seeking is enlightenment and being the best human possible. My music steers my actions and behavior. I want you to feel good about yourself. I want you to sense your God essence during a very uncertain time on earth.
IAA: What are some upcoming projects you are currently working on?
WREX WASHINGTON: I just dropped “The Wrex Files” in March to amazing local reviews, so I’m pushing that while working on my new project “Black Mamba”. This new body of work is symbolic of my life situation, turning 24 (Kobe year), and I was born in the year of the snake on the Chinese zodiac. This (2013) is also the year of the snake, so it’s destiny bringing all these elements together.
IAA: What are your career goals? Where do you see yourself in ten years?
WREX WASHINGTON: I want to build a larger audience that can feel my rhymes because they help people get through. I still have a best rapper alive complex from Lil Wayne, so at the end of my musical career I wish to be in the discussion. I want to capture the world with one number one album if only once lol. In ten years I plan to be retired on a beach meditating all day, assuming the world doesn’t end. I want to be wealthy, if not from rap money then from one of my numerous hustles.
IAA: How can your fans access your music and contact you?
WREX WASHINGTON: My official web page is WrexDub.com I’m on FB, twitter, bandcamp, reverbnation, take your pick. Googling my name is an easy way to find me. Join that reverbnation mailing list! Thanks for reading @wrexwashington.