IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What city and state are you from?
TRE CITY: I am from Saginaw, Michigan, born and raised. I lived in Grand Rapids,Michigan for a year from 2009-10. I moved to Detroit, Michigan in 2010 to attend school at Marygrove College. I spent 11 months in Arlington, Texas in 2012-13 working for General Motors. Currently, I reside in Detroit,
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What is your music background?
TRE CITY: I have been writing since the age of 9, but it was not until the age of 16 when I started recording. Throughout grade school I have taken basic music classes learning how to read musical notes and to play the recorder. In college, I took the course Fundamentals of Music, where I learned musical notes more in depth and gained a minor knowledge of how to count beats and rhythms. Growing up, I listened to artist like Tupac, Bone Thugs N Harmony,Notorious B.I.G., Nas, Bob Marley, Mary J. Blige, Dru Hill, KRS One, The Fugees, Slick Rick, and the list goes on. Now I listen to little bit of everything, no matter the genre.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: Why do you want to record and release your own music?
TRE CITY: I live by the saying “if want something done right, you have to do it yourself.” Whether I succeed or fail, I have no one else to hold accountable for it, but myself. I am a very independent person, not only with my music, but with life period. This is why I record and release my
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What are your songs about?
TRE CITY: When it comes to the topic of my songs I try to talk about a variety of things. Most of my songs are about struggle. Whether it is the struggle of growing up in a rough city, handling death, dealing with a broken heart, had a bad break up, or having a crush on someone and not knowing how to tell them or being shot down. Sex is a big topic in my music and it is probably one of my favorite topics. Listeners will hear about many of my different encounters with women, not just sexually. I try to keep an open mind and make music about many different things.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: Who is your fan base directed towards?
TRE CITY: I would say my fan base is directed towards males and females around 17-30 years of age, but I could imagine those younger and older than that age range being able to relate to some of the things I talk about in my music. I don’t like to put limits on it though.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: Who are your musical influences?
TRE CITY: I have a variety of musical influences. Some of my favorite artist as of right now are J. Cole, Drake, Wale, Eminem, Childish Gambino, Chance the Rapper Vic Mensa, Kendrick Lamar, A$AP Rocky, Ab-Soul, B.o.B., Big Sean, Paramore, Frank Ocean, Jhene Aiko, Kings of Leon, Non Point, Macklemore,
Tech N9ne, Wiz Khalifa, Gym Class Heroes, and I could go on for days. Tupac will always be my favorite of all time because he was very well rounded. An artist, poet, actor, and could tell a story like no other. I am highly influenced by many artist and musician from the 90’s era. Too many to name.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: How would you describe your music to people?
TRE CITY: I would describe my music to people as smooth hip hop. Something that they can vibe and relate to. I have been told my voice and lyrics gives off a young Snoop Dogg meets Lupe Fiasco feel, with a little Wale. I try to produce music that everyone can relate to in some way.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What makes you stand out from other people?
TRE CITY: What makes my music stand out, especially coming from where I am from is that my music actually contains substance. The music that is being released now, especially here in Detroit, most of the rappers sound very similar. They are releasing club music, twerk songs, and lack metaphorical and lyrical content. Many songs on the radio we hear today lacks and they don’t tell stories like the hip hop we knew in the late 80’s and 90’s. I bring flow, rhymes, metaphors, and story telling unique to what we are hearing in mainstream media today.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What are some upcoming projects that you are currently working on?
TRE CITY: Currently, I am working on my third mixtape titled “Tre City Limit,” which will be released in October 2014. I will be shooting videos for some of the songs, and performing.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What are your career goals? Where do you see yourself in ten years?
TRE CITY: My career goals are to become known as one the greatest in hip hop. I plan on building my own label “Intrepid City Empire,” opening a couple music studios, and performing art centers around the U.S. In ten years, I plan to be established as an artist and working towards helping other artist under my label become established. By that time, I also want to have my own graphic design company started.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: How can fans access your music and contact you?
TRE CITY: My fans can access my music on Reverbnation.com/trecity, stream, download, message me, comment. They can also search “Tre City” on DatPiff.com and find me on Facebook.com/trecity
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