Artist: Drésia Dee
Artistry: Recording Artist/Lyricist/Song Writer/
Full Name: D’Andre Smith-Rankins
Date of Birth: July 1, 1990
Current City: Atlanta, GA
Hometown: Elgin, IL
Drésia Dee (/dray-Sha-dêe) is a multi-talented entertainer born and raised in Elgin & Rockford, IL. In 2006, he co-founded the internationally known dance team “Fatally Unique” from Rockford, IL. Drésia served as co-choreographer and dancer. Leading, traveling, and performing with some of Rockford’s most talented individuals, he graced stages on platforms such as BET’s 106 & Park, NBC’s America's Got Talent, and more.
America's Got Talent opened many doors for Drésia to work as a choreographer, creative director, and principle dancer for recording artists. In summer 2013, he was booked to choreograph/creative direct for his very first international tour. Drésia's talent stood out so much that international agents and artists were beginning to contact him for more international work. After being booked for a 2nd international tour by 2014, Drésia spent 8 months touring all of Asia.
In 2014, he began to embark on a new journey by lyrically changing the game. He began to write songs for other local artists, participate in rap cyphers, and feature on several of those artist projects as a rap recording artist. Since then, Drésia Dee has published several freestyles and LIVE performances, and has released his first single and music visual titled “Workin”. Dré is also currently working on his very anticipated debut album “Life Like a Movie”.
ONE on ONE with Drésia Dee
Interview Date: September 10, 2021
01. How would you describe the music that you typically create?
Primarily, I’m a rap recording artist. But I do enjoy creating R&B vibes, pop music and spoken word poetry. It’s really the art form of lyricism that speaks to me.
02. What inspires you to make music?
ANYTHING!! No, but seriously I find inspiration in the craziest things, like car horns outside or elevator music. Most times when the inspiration strikes, I’m not even thinking about writing or creating. It just comes to me. But knowing this about myself, I put my notepad and recorder on my phone in quick select so it’s always handy.
03. What first got you into music?
04. Which famous musicians do you admire?
Honestly, a lot! And for many different reasons. But to name a few, Biggie, T-Pain, 2Pac, Meek Mill, Drake, Lil' Kim, Nicki Minaj, Beyoncé, Kanye West, PINK, and so many others. Not only do I love their music but it’s the way they live their lives and the way they are as people.
05. Which famous musicians do you admire?
I sing EVERYWHERE but I leave the hard songs and ballads for the shower! All the Whitney Houston, Toni Braxton, Fantasia, and Brandy songs get sung in there. I’m talking “Almost Doesn’t Count”, “Free Yourself”, and so many others.
06. What are your hobbies or interests outside of music?
I love, love, LOVE to dance! Obvious, I know, but another huge hobby or interest is photography! I love taking pictures and getting the perfect outcome. The lighting, background, directing the poses and mood. It’s a really fun process.
07. What is your favorite song to perform?
08. If you could go open a show for any artist who would it be?
I’m torn between Lil Nas X, Doja Cat, and Normani. I feel like I bring a dope show that could easily compliment the concert and keep the fans hype!
09. Who would you most like to collaborate with?
Doja Cat!! She’s a BEAST! I feel like lyrically, visually, and artistically we’d compliment each other well.
10. Describe your favorite and least favorite part about being a musician.
My favorite part about being a musician is having my own voice and sound. Again for so much of my life I didn’t feel like I was valued even as a person. So once I started to step into my career as a musician, I found value in my own artistry. My least favorite part I would have to say is social media. As much positivity it can bring into a musicians life, it can be just as negative if not careful.
11. What is the best advice you’ve been given?
“Stay the course” and “watch those that came before you”. I literally think of these quotes DAILY!
12. What is your greatest accomplishment in your career?
My greatest accomplishment in my entertainment career this far would have to be my 2 tours in Asia. Although I was a principal dancer on those tours and creative director and choreographer on the other, it prepared me for the musician I am today and am so excited to use those skills for myself.
13. What is one message you would give to your fans?
“Push yourself as far as you CANT go!” - Alonzo Russell
It’s a quote my best friend said to me years ago and the day he said it it never left my mind. It’s derived from the original “push as far as you can go” but with that type of mindset and thinking you already know how far you can go… let’s push past that. That’s the only way your TRULY know your limit.
Check out Drésia Dee's new single Workin' on all music platforms!