Edreys: An Up-And-Coming WNY Rapper
Local hip hop artist Edreys Wajed has been working hard at making a name for himself, and that work is starting to pay off. Edreys was featured in the “Now Hear This” section of Billboard Magazine's March 22 issue and the video for his song “I Like It” is being featured by BET.
Edreys said he was very excited about being featured in the magazine. “I ran right out to Barnes and Noble and they didn't have it yet. So I went over to Borders and they only had three copies, so I bought all three copies. You know, one for my mom, my dad.”
While his music is the product, Edreys acknowledges his agent Andre Howard for exposing him to the right people. Howard, who works with Media Music in New York City helped get the piece in Billboard. He also got everything set for the video for “I Like It.”
Edreys didn't expect “I Like It” to be a single, but is excited about the hype it's gathering. “That's phenomenal. It's actually pretty magical, man. When we recorded we didn't have any intention of releasing 'I Like It.' Our agent was traveling with a guy who was documenting Pharoahe Monch's tour. He was like, "I really like this 'I Like It' song lemme give it a treatment," and we were like, "Whatever man, go ahead." A couple of weeks later we went down to New York and shot it.” While they didn't initially know what to do with it, they were able to generate buzz through YouTube, and now it's being featured on BET's Ya Heard? -- a site for videos by independent artists.
Warped Tour, an annual concert festival that tours the country each year, has been expanding its usual punk and hardcore offerings to include more hip hop. Edreys will be on this years tour for several dates including the Buffalo show on July 24, and hopes to expand his fan base. “I think it's a good thing for all independent artists. The Warped crowd is usually the skateboarders and hipsters, and my music is pretty broad demographically.”
You can support Edreys by buying a t-shirt of his or a limited edition 7" vinyl. As an established graphic artist and painter, Edreys is a very prolific artist. More information can be found at Edreys blog, also at http://www.edreysmusic.com/ and http://www.myspace.com/edreysmusic