People You Should Know: Pyrex Drex
Posted by Sharde Marie
2014 has been a helluva year for me. I launched my blog less than two months ago and I’m pretty satisfied with the success it’s had so far. I appreciate those of you who have visited the site, liked, commented and shared. It means a lot. That said I may not be posting as much as I want to in the near future. I’m already working a full-time job and starting at the end of September I will be going to school full-time as well. Not to mention being a full-time parent and all that jazz. *sigh* I got winded just thinking about it.
Since I may not be posting as much as I want, I thought I’d take the time to introduce you all to a few people. Having worked in the blogosphere for a couple of years now, I’ve been fortunate enough to rub elbows with some of the hardest working and most talented folks around. There are a few I have a lot of respect and admiration for and I want you all to like them as much as I do. Over the next few weeks I will be highlighting artists, bloggers, producers and the like that I think are pretty dope. Kinda give you the “who, what, when, where, and why” of each person.
Today, I’ll start with Pyrex Drex. I started following his music several months before launching my blog and am pleased with the work he’s put out. I don’t post a lot of music on here, but I make sure to share his with all of you. His charismatic energy drew me in and I have definitely become a fan. I’m sure after reading up on him, you will understand why. Check him out.
Who are you?
Who aren’t I? Does that sound cocky or nah? [Writer’s note: yes.] Well, for starters, I am Pyrex Drex; resident good guy, teller of truth, endorser of all that is reckless, pusher of substance and a great father. (Make sure you highlight that. My daddy game is hella strong!)
What do you do?
One could say I dabble in audio art. Others may say a peddler of “Metaphoric Dope.” To those that have no idea who I am, I am an artist in all aspects of the word. I just have a strong passion to create and generally that is expressed sonically.
Ok, ok. I’m a rapper!
When did you start?
I have been rapping my whole life. NaTalmbout!? All jokes aside, I have always been involved in music since sticking wads of paper in cassettes to dub over them. I started off back in the mid-2000’s with production. I wanted to be Timbaland so bad. As I would make beats, I would give people the concepts and how the flow should go when I would play tracks. Everyone said I should just be the rapper.
Fast forward through the battle rap days when I was going under the moniker “Forsaken” then on to the “I can use the same punchline driven rap style on beats” days under the moniker “Pressha.” I finally decided to take it serious around 2010 with another name change to “Ryde Drexla.” I use to be in a group with my cousin (Rain City Senate) and we dropped a pretty dope tape on Black Friday of 2010. For as dope as it was, it did double nothing for lack of push, visuals and use of social tools. If only I knew then what I know now!
Today I’m at a point where I feel like I am doing it all over again for the 1st time with my new brand, Metaphoric Dope, which I just started at the top of this year once I realized my Senate days had expired. It feels great to see the response to the product, especially with everything I have learned over the years.
Where can we find your work?
You can check anything I have going on by visiting my personal site www.metaphoricdope.com. You’ll be able to find inks to all material, social sites, as well as what I’ve got in the works by checking the On Deck section. (Or go straight to Facebook, Twitter, and Soundcloud)
Why should we like you?
All in all I don’t think I’m doing anything vastly different from any artist that is genuinely creating because they have a passion to do so. Its cliché to say, “I’m in a whole different lane” or “It’s a movement” or (Insert any other rapper cliché here). I think people should like it because it’s honest, genuine, relatable, and real. Plus I heard I have a good voice. HEY LADIESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS!!!!!!
[Writer’s note: Hey Drex!]
I would like to personally thank Pyrex Drex for sharing with me so that I can share with you. Also appreciate the support he’s shown the blog from day one. He really is as cool as he makes himself sound. Make sure you look out for a couple of his #DopeDrops in the next few weeks and also an EP he’ll be dropping late next month called INVS CRWN.
Come back next Friday to see who’s next. Thanks for reading folks!
Posted on August 8, 2014, in Chat It Up, Interviews, Music, People You Should Know and tagged Metaphoric Dope, Portland artists, Portland hip-hop, Portland music, Pyrex Drex. Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.