Saturday June 30th 2012 one of the hottest heatwaves here in New York City, I arrive to the city quarter to 11am, still early the haze of the heat haven’t arrive to cloud my thoughts! I gradually start to set up my equipment and wait to interview up and coming rapper ReP (Representing Extraodinary Poetry). Once I finish setting up almost like clock work ReP arrived! His demenor was laid back and warm at the sametime I could tell that I was in the presence of a good spirit! We greeted eachother with a hug and basically got right down to business to find out who ReP is and how as an emerging artist he would make his name well known worldwide!
ReP had his start straight out of Highschool. Rep explained that his manager had a good relationship with people in the industry in turn he start meeting task makers in the game. These task makers start tuning his ear taking him from one level to the next. In regards to his career within the music industry he states “Trying to pursue the craft and path that I’m taking its not easy because you gotta be on top of things twenty-four seven..like I dont party…I dont really hang out as much as someone my age would really hang out. I have to give up the things that I want to do the things that I got to do!”
In regards to RePs personality, musical inspirations and how he would stand out this is how he explained it in his own words: “If you get to know me on a personal level I feel like I’m a lil bit older than my age
without getting in depth with conversation, I am an Aquarius I like to learn from others and I like to be taught and I like to teach! Being well rounded is my persona I love being creative and I love taking risks. As far as Outkast tribe called quest and De la Soul I relate because they’re creative at the utmost level of being creative because in their time they didn’t think other artist wasn’t doing it..that’s what I want to do be creative and try new things! I think the best way for me to stand out is by having personality and being an individual as oppose to just following trends..I don’t mind being werid i don’t mind being different..if your in a room full of everybody in white its hard to tell who is who if yur not looking by faces but if your just looking at the overall appearence and im the only one in black i would probably stand out. I don’t mind putting personal things out so listeners can understand who i am so they can somewhere grasp relate somehow ..in all reality we all relate at some point and at sometime. Im gonna be the individuality that I am..Im gonna be REP!
I asked if anyone has ever discouraged him from pursuing his dream he stated:
“Apart from haters, for the mot part people within my circle, my family, friends they support me pretty much! I haven’t heard much people say no you not gonna go far! People in the industry don’t say Hey Rep you ain’t gonna go far this isn’t going to happen. Rep pauses then continues everyting is all there you gotta keep on trying! Haters will try to bring my confidence down but it goes in one ear and out the other! I already made up my mind of what I want to do so I’m gonna Keep it moving all day!”
ReP currently has an album out called Rooftop Persona which an be found at: http://yeahimrep.bandcamp.com/
ReP is in the studio now producing the main stream album Dare to fly. The Brooklyn born MC is determined to make his mark in the Hip Hop industry! Without further or do I present to you the video interview of ReP!
Recogniton Magazine 2012