Speak to us Dre Biggity!

Posted by Andy IMKING in im king, interviews | 3 Comments

23

Oct

2009

You have definitely heard about Dre Biggity on IMKING.COM. We got this interview in quick, so that we would be able to give you an insight on Dre Biggity before his mixtape “The Diaper Dandy” releases on Monday. Oh and it’s also presented by IM KING.  He’s got a great sound and is already pounding out new music for 2010. If you like what you hear on “The Diaper Dandy”, you’ll love the tracks he’s cookin’ up.

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Beef Stew:How did you get your start in music, what reassured you this was your destiny?


Dre Biggity: I started making music back in high-school. It was just for
peers to ride in their whips to because at the time I was taking basketball
very serious. I presented a mixtape full of local artists and I was on a
couple songs myself and it really caught on within the surrounding cities
and people would just ask what was next and what I was doing with music. I
just continued to make songs nonchalantly and got my craft up while being
under the radar. I always questioned myself and if this was the right thing
for me, I think that's what reenergizes the grind, when you're not so sure
about things you just give your all. Recently I got that self assuring
moment after one of my shows. Someone that knows me and is also a fan of my
music came to me with a kind gesture that I couldn't quite accept yet. It
was just shocking more than anything like wow what did I do to deserve that
but it showed me that I must be on the right path; I can't really go into
details of what went down.

Beef Stew:As I've noticed you got a slight NY flow where you born and raised in CA,
what was your upbringing like?

Dre Biggity:  I was actually born in Kingston, Jamaica. I came over to the
states when I was young. We stayed in NY actually before my dad enlisted in
the Army and got shipped off to Southern Cali. My parents being Jamaican
really influences my sound because my ear for music is different. Having
melodies and heavy instruments and soulful heartfelt lyrics in almost
everything I listened to has really been embedded into the way I crafted my
sound. Gotta love Reggae music.

My upbringing was solid, I wouldn't trade my childhood for
anything. The city I grew up in (Moreno Valley aka Murda Val) had a little
bit of everything. It was just developing when we moved so we got a taste of
the good and a taste of the bad all in one neighborhood. I grew up in the
church, my mom is real religious so I think I had some prayers on my side
along the way growing up that kept me out of some really bad situations I
put myself in as a youngster.

Beef Stew:Where did you get that name Dre Biggity from as it's very catchy?

Dre Biggity:Lol, that's a story I love telling. One of my best friends
has the name Andre also so my name by default was Dre B you know, just to
differentiate the two of us because we were always together. When Cassidy
dropped an album back in like 04 or 05 he had like a weird slang he used
with some of the words, it was kind of like Piglatin or something. So
instead of being Dre B I was Dre B-I-D-I-D-Y, so the I-D-I-D-Y was added to
a lot of the words and that caught on when my boy Brandon started calling me
Biggity. I was telling this chick one day like yea your miss biggity and she
told me "yea right haven't you seen Dave Chappelle, Biggit means racist I'm
not a racist so I cant be your misses". Of course she was playing lol but
seriously now I just say I'm racist to all haters so my name is Dre Biggity
(the hater racist) because the OG story is just so long. Look out for them
Dre Biggity HaterBlocker shades coming soon. The haters shine too bright in
09 lol, toss those on and you'll be good to go throughout your day hater
free.

dre3

Beef Stew:You were once a McDonald's High School All American Nominee let us in on
that?

Dre Biggity: I remember being in class one day in highschool and my coach
handed me a folder with like a certificate stating I had reached a certain
level of the selection process for being a McDonald's All American. I
thought it was dope, idk where it is today I think my pops has it somewhere
but yea, I got nominated that's pretty solid right. A lot of my boys that I
grew up playing with and against on the AAU circuit are in the NBA now it's
pretty surreal I'm like damn we used to be youngins back in the day in Vegas
for the big tournaments running around on the strip lying to cops about our
age now they're making millions. Motivation comes from all over the place.

Beef Stew:How did you come across IMKING and what drew you in to us?

Dre Biggity: I've been watching IMKING since about 07 when they added me
on myspace. I used to go on hypebeast and read their forum back when they
had the upcoming and emerging brands and I'd just look out for the new stuff
they were dropping. I remember copping a KING ME Flannel online and rapping
about it on my song "Streetwear Connoisseur" which is actually on the Diaper
Dandy Mixtape. I recorded that a while back.

At the Agenda tradeshow I chopped it up with them and next thing you know I
was at the warehouse passing out my 7 track sampler of the Diaper Dandy
mixtape to everyone working in there and getting some good feedback. I just
love the grind they have, you could tell they loved what they did and put a
lot into it. They have a vision and are doing what it takes to make sure
that comes full surface and I feel the same way about my music. It felt like
a perfect fit to work with them on the Diaper Dandy.

Beef Stew:For those who don't know you've got a project dropping Oct 26th presented by
IMKING called The Diaper Dandy what can everyone expect?

Dre Biggity:People can expect something "new". I know it's been said
over and over again but I really feel the music I'm putting out is something
of its own. I ask people, people that really know music like what category
do you put my sound in, where does it fit in within music as a whole and
faces are always left puzzled before an answer. I've heard "Big", and
"Stadium Hip Hop" when conjuring up a description of the sound so I guess
people will just have to make their own opinions on it after they give it a
listen. It's forsure something unique and I think the CD as a whole is very
relatable. I don't focus on the bragging, swagged out, cliche song lyrics
but I try and make every song a record. Opposed to just rapping I'm trying
to make each song a hit and potentially touch the soul of an individual
after listening to it like yea I really felt that in my gut, from the dope
beat to the hook to the realness in the lyrics.

dre2

Beef Stew:Take us through two of your favorite tracks on the upcoming project and why
you favor them?

Dre Biggity:  "Hello Tokyo" is probably going to be my favorite song I
record over the next couple years. Everywhere I perform it people that never
heard it before end up giving tons of love and the people who do know it say
it's their favorite song and sing along. I don't think as a person I could
get complements and favor in people's eyes they way Hello Tokyo does. The
song is just something else, I cant really explain it. It's a dream I had, I
saw flashing lights everywhere and I just felt so upset when I woke up like
man did all my dreams come true or something. I was watching Kanye's
Stronger video the following morning and I'm not sure if he was in Tokyo but
I felt like that's where I was in my dream so I wrote the record about the
place I went when all my dreams came true. I love listening to Lupe also and
that same week I got the beat to the record I was listening to "Paris,
Tokyo" on repeat and the whole idea for the song just came together. It'll
really make you want to get your passport out and frequent flyer miles up
lol.

 "Behind Me" is toward the end of the CD but it's one of my
favorites also. It's just about what I was going through at the time while I
was making the Diaper  Dandy and just the backlash I would get from
people/haters with their opinions about what I was doing and having to put
that all behind me to do my thing. The song is deep and informative. I think
you get to know a lot about me as a person without actually having to have a
conversation. The feel is different also, it's more mellow and I harmonize
on the verse as well as rap on it. I think it just shows the range of music
I am capable of creating. The rest of the CD is pretty uptempo and "Big"
like Hello Tokyo so "Behind Me" really sticks out if you listen to the CD
all the way through.

Beef Stew:Explain your outlook on fashion and what draws you in to it?

Dre Biggity: Ahh fashion, I have a love- hate relationship with fashion.
I love being comfortable first off. Grey crewnecks are my favorite pieces of
all time. A dope grey crewneck or hoody with some comfortable jeans and some
dope kicks is my ideal outfit. I'm really into fashion, it might be
unexpected but I really pay attention to fashion as a whole. I read a lot of
magazines and just watch the trends before they hit "mainstream". It might
be random to most people but my magazine collection ranges from XXL, to ESPN
to Nylon and everything in between. I think Tokyo is the mecca and
everything follows suit from there and catches on. The hate relationship I
have with fashion is that I think fashion gives people a false impression of
who they are and also who someone else is. The more money something costs
doesn't make it better it just makes it more expensive. I'm drawn into
detail when it comes to fashion. Authentic original ideas make a piece worth
more to me than what popular person is wearing it. I love cut n sew pieces!

Beef Stew:What's your favorite piece from the IMKING collection and why?

Dre Biggity: I think it's their holiday drop for this year, I could be
wrong but I know it's not out just yet. It's their cardigan. I got to shoot
in it and while we were taking breaks from shooting I was just looking at
the detail and how comfortable it felt, I love that piece. They also have
this Thriller jacket coming out idk if I'm telling too much info lol but the
thriller joint in black or brown is killing the game. I'm going to need a
couple of those, imma keep one on ice for like a really big show or
something.

dre4

Beef Stew:What can the people expect from Dre Biggity for the remainder of 2009 and
2010?

Dre Biggity: They can expect originality and more "records". I just left
the studio about 30minutes ago working on the 2010 mixtape. Hopefully the
Diaper Dandy does well enough to where people will be anticipating the next
joint but just know I'm riding this burst of creativity I have right now and
pumping out songs as much as possible. I'm going to drop some videos off a
couple songs from the Diaper Dandy also and I have a real special song for
Valentines Day. I'm going to do a whole campaign for it like a video,
artwork, promo videos and the whole 9. Some girl really did herself an
injustice last year and she got a solid song out of it lol. People can just
expect good quality music and also a good live show.

Beef Stew: What does music mean to Dre Biggity?

Dre Biggity: Music means the vehicle, the vehicle that will drive all my
dreams. Music is self expressive, it's very emotional and it can bring
emotions out of the artist and the listener and make a very strong
connection. Music to me is an unspoken understanding. Life couldn't exist
without it. The amount of opportunities it comes with is amazing when
someone does music for the right reason. I love it, I think music is a
talent show more than a competition and those who believe in their talents
more than others will be the ones to have longevity and success. Music makes
the world go round, and cops ruin everything around me!

Beef Stew: Lastly who would you like to thanks or give a shoutout to?

Dre Biggity: I'd definitely like to shoutout everyone who takes time out
to download and listen to the Diaper Dandy. People will never know how much
that truly means to me so shout out every mouse click and pair of ears that
rock with the Diaper Dandy. IMKING of course for rocking with me, that
really took a lot of stress out of the equation and allowed me to finish up
the CD focusing solely on the music and not how I was going to get heard. I
definitely have to shout out my circle of close constituents that I go to
whenever I feel unsure about whatever I'm doing. I over think everything
which leads to a lot of questions and I really have to shout out all the
people I annoy lol. They're probably going to read the interview like damn
right. 

Download Link: Dre Biggity Ft. Fashawn & Diz Gibran - C.R.E.A.M.

What is Shabu Shabu?

Posted by Andy IMKING in food, im king | 22 Comments

22

Oct

2009

Shabu Shabu means swish swish. Shabu is a hot pot where you basically prepare and cook the food yourself. The pot is brought out boiling with water. They bring you over uncooked meat , veggies , noodles , rice , and sauces. You pretty much prepare the sauce to your taste. It’s a good experience and may take a few times of going there to perfect the taste for yourself.  Come out feeling not overly bloated and learning to cook for yourself.

California Shabu Shabu

Always excited to enter through these doors.

Always excited to enter through these doors.

You will see Kimo's mural he painted as you enter.

You will see Kimo's mural he painted as you enter.

Even his artwork is hungry for shabu!

Even his artwork is hungry for shabu!

It contains a huge dining area and this place is always packed.

It contains a huge dining area and this place is always packed.

You are served to cook it all yourself.

You are served to cook it all yourself.

Kimo makes sure his pot is mixed to perfection.

Kimo makes sure his pot is mixed to perfection.

The quality meat is awesome. I need to try the Kobe Beef here.

The quality meat is awesome. I need to try the Kobe Beef here.

I'll be back...

I'll be back...

801 Baker St
Costa Mesa, CA 92626-4347
(714) 540-1888

3 Six Mafia at Sutra this Saturday

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21

Oct

2009

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