Our subject is Dwele from the “D.” I remember the first time I heard of this cat, I was really late, but it was still before “Tainted” came out with Slum Village. It was before his album had even dropped, “Subject,” but he had already splashed some waves on the scene before really emerging. Dwele, you may recognize as of late as the smooth piano playing guy on the McDonalds commercials with the mocha coffee drink. He is a multi-talented musician playing everything from the piano, to trumpet, to bass, to guitar. His journey began at the age of 6 and earlier, when he first began honing his craft and love of music, but from the outside it appears that his success was overnight, knowing that it’s quite the opposite.

To get to the point, the Grammy Chase, Dwele released some SERIOUS music on his albums, which he surely should have been recognized for at the highest level, but it wasn’t until collaborations such as Kanye West’s “Flashing Lights” and Common’s Grammy-nominated single “The People” that Dwele started to be mention in the same sentence as Grammy. Lo and behond, when he put his own spin on Earth, Wind and Fire’s classic hit “That’s the Way of the World,” from Interpretations: Celebrating the Music of Earth, Wind & Fire,” released on Stax, Dwele found himself as a nominee for Best R&B Alterative/Urban Performance in 2008.

His version is here.

If you need to hear the original, here.

Some of his more recent work:


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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