Feeling like a throwback. I recently had a conversation with Professor Kush B regarding “authenticity” in hip hop and how some artists of today don’t have any knowledge of the emcees that preceded them, nor the struggle, contributions and sacrifices that many relatively unknown artist have made to BUILD this thing we call hip-hop/rap. When I say, “relatively unknown” I mean in the sense of asking the artists, “young” artists of today, about a particular rapper like say a Craig G, or a Masta Ace and I’m sure that they would have little to no information or idea about said artists. I have a loooooong list of my favorite notables of course, so aren’t as well known as others, but they impacted my taste of hip hop nonetheless. For example, I remember hearing this song WBNY back in the day, sitting in front of radio/tape deck and “tape recording” this song. Why? Because I simply thought is was dope and unique for the time. This dude preceded DMX and JaRule by the way. Not Grammy related, but Billy Drease related because I STILL love this song.

Most important quotable:
Came a long way from back in the day/ we did it for no pay, just rhyme and the hay and sleep/
Wake up, write another rhyme/ hit the park after dark, drop the beat one time/
That’s when Sh__ was real/ No phony, no bologna just a homie, mic and wheels of s


About by Edreys

Edreys Wajed is a catalyst of inspiration and a walking enterprise of all things creative. The Buffalo native boasts a toolbox chock-full with talents and experiences ranging from a visual artist, jewelry designer and musical entertainer, to an educator and entrepreneur with notable recognitions respectfully in each. His approach in each endeavor is soundly unique, high quality and signature in presentation, having found his course as a creator early in life. As early as 14 years of age, when his mother invested in a pair of hair clippers for him, seeing as she could no longer afford to pay for his haircuts, Edreys taught himself the trade of barbering and soon began making money for himself in the basement of his childhood home. With his artistic ability he also began growing a client base and reputation for customized hats and clothes as well as logo design by hand, long before learning graphics in college. His creativity, craftsmanship and passion to inspire people are what drives his spirit of entrepreneurship. From having run his own stationery boutique and art gallery shared with his wife; touring nationally and internationally as a hip hop artist, Edreys is exceptionally diverse with his avenues of expression, including the fine craft of jewelry making, passed down from his father and master craftsman. Edreys is most recently recognized locally for his contribution as an artist on the Freedom Wall which features 28 civil rights dignitaries, 7 of which he painted with his unique style and use of line. “Creativity is my neighbor, I live by it,” says Edreys. View all posts by by Edreys

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