Today on our Hot Seat we have a multi-talented artist Real D with us. He is successfully and masterfully performing his roles as music producer, rap artist, sound engineer, video editor and Actor. Let’s have a chat with him.
Twist Online : First of all tell us about the start of your music career.
Real D : It all started back when I was at Dawson College down in Montreal which is my local city. Rap music is my passion and always loved expressing myself through music. I can do this for a life time.
I am in a solid zone now and ready to network with the major players in the rap industry. Lots of artists and clients see serious potential in me and they see me go really far. Without my supporters in the social media, it would have been difficult to accomplish my mission and most importantly, my dream. I have a lot to offer on the table, from electrifying beats to serious lyrical content.
Twist Online : Who or what inspired you to get into music industry?
Real D : It was honestly the rap game. When I was 12 years old, my brother and I were fascinated by the New York and Los Angeles veteran rappers: From Wu-Tang Clan to KRS-One to 2 Pac to Snoop Dogg. It’s not only their music but it’s their messages that intrigued us.
The beat production and the lyrics blended well. I said to myself: one day, I want to be one of them. I always had the habit of imagining of becoming an influential rapper and now I am actually doing it. My older brother Street Connect who is also a gifted producer believed in me since the early days and he did not doubt my ability to rhyme and produce. My mother is also one of my top inspirations because she witnessed my influence.
Twist Online : Tell us about your recently released Album “True Identity” ?
Real D : True Identity is my heart, soul and body. The cover speaks for itself. Some individuals don’t really know who they are and they decide to drift towards a useless direction because they were not brave enough to go after their purpose. Once you know who you are, you will reach to your final destination. My project is for the new and old generation. Very motivational and it’s a reminder that not to lose hope despite of rejections and keep pushing till you know where you want to go.
It is a product that can make you feel good and it will activate some of your hidden potentials.
Twist Online : You also released a single against the Pandemic COVID-19 titled “No Fear”. what was inspiration behind that?
Real D : Good question. When I saw people including children wearing masks walking down the streets with fear in their eyes, I simply couldn’t take it.
I sincerely felt their depression. Just like any marvel heroes you can think of: I had to take action without thinking: I produced the instrumental in the lab, wrote my lyrics while being angry, and I delivered my lyrical rhymes as if my depended on it. The song transformed into a healing weapon. The more you repeat my single on a daily basis, the more you will be fearless because it will hit your subconscious mind. Instead of feeding the mind fear, it will feed you courage which can be a good habit for the population.
Twist Online : What kind of response you have received from the release?
Real D : The mass loved it. Some major executives in the industry were impressed. I have over 100 comments on Soundcloud and they enjoyed it. On Instagram, they felt in love with it as well.
Twist Online : What attracts you more, Working in studios or performing on stage?
Real D : Both. I really like doing videos too because we are in a visual world. I discovered the major artists through videos believe it or not. Then I went to their shows and it was a great experience. I like being in the studio because it is therapy. Whatever my emotion is, I express it in the booth and also through my music composition and samples.
Twist Online : What’s the best part of being a music producer?
Real D : Being creative and using my imagination. After all, I got influenced by major rap producers: For example: Rza and Just Blaze to name a few. When you are a music producer, you can express your pain, joy or even happiness through musical chords. It can even give you tears depends on the melody you composed. It is the best medicine for me and it saved my life on several occasions.
Twist Online : Are you working on any new project?
Real D : Yes, I am working on my future project Promise Land for 2021-2022 with a variety of producers and collaborators.