“My main goal is to get my family out the hood and introduce them to the good life and I know rap is the way to do it.”

Check out the interview with Lil Dre exclusively on Skilly Magazine Online.

Skilly: Where did this all start? Tell us about your journey in the entertainment business.
Lil Dre:
My whole life I loved rap music. In Gulfport, MS is when I discovered my rap skills by freestyling in the hood. I started taking rap serious and recording tracks when I was 15. My main goal is to get my family out the hood and introduce them to the good life and I know rap is the way to do it. I’ve preformed a few times and the crowd loved me every time. I spit real life bars. Things that anybody who wasn’t born with a silver spoon can relate to.

What would be your biggest piece of advice for the young kids out there trying to do what you do?
I would give young kids trying to rap a few pieces of knowledge. First thing is to stay true to themselves and don’t try to be something you’re not. Remember what you’re doing it for and don’t get caught up in the fame. Most importantly, always keep it real because at the end of the day you have to live with every decision you make.

What are some of the hardest challenges and tasks in your position?
My hardest challenge so far has been trying to get my music heard by important people. I know once my music gets out there, my talent will be undeniable.

We all know the entertainment business is very tough, but what do you find is the best way to promote and advertise your music?
So far all I’ve used is Facebook, Soundcloud, Skilly, and YouTube.

Tell us about your city. How are the artists and the fans?
I represent for my whole state of Mississippi. There are many different types of artists. Some talented, some are good hook makers, some have more bars than a prison, some can sing better than Michael Jackson. Then you have trash rappers and people who just follow the new trend to fit in.

Where do you see yourself a year from today?
I see myself sitting on a few million, preparing to drop my second album to follow up my 10x platinum debut album with the support of the whole world behind me.

Who and what were your biggest inspirations? Who do you look up to in today’s world?
My mother is my biggest inspiration. In my opinion the rapper with the hardest bars today is Starlito. If you don’t know him look him up. He’s an independent rapper that was once with Cash Money. I admire his consistency and in 10+ years he hasn’t missed a beat. I also look up to Boosie Bad Azz.

How do you feel about the music coming out today? Do you like it?
I really don’t indulge in any new rappers except for Kodak Black, he’s real. To answer your question though, no I don’t like the new music. The only new music I listen to is when an old school artist drops something new. It seems like everybody was a kingpin before they started rapping and make the kids think that’s how they got on when it’s not.

Where can we contact you and find you online?
Facebook: Andre DE Realest