Texas has its own unique identity and DRO FĒ is a rapper who’s sharing his experiences about coming up in the Lone Star State. We caught up with the emcee in NYC at Franks Chop Shop where he gave us the scoop on his roots, inspiration, and plans for the future. Check out what he had to say.
What’s your name and where are you from?
My name is DRO FĒ, and I reside in the Rio Grande Valley on the border of Texas and Mexico. I'm originally from a small town called Kingsville in Texas. I’ve moved all around Texas and have been on the Rio Grande Valley for about 15 years now.
What got you started making music and what’s your music about?
I've been making music for a long time. I used to be in a group and we made music for years, but I've evolved into Jojo. I rap about stories from my life; things I’ve been through or witnessed. It’s my own perception and it’s real. It’s different here in the South. It’s ours, but that’s something that needs to be told.
What inspired you to start rapping? Who are your music musical influences?
I grew up listening to rap in the ’90s and late ’80s, so the people that inspired me are all the greats like Snoop Dre, 2Pac, Wu-Tang and DJ Screw. I probably wouldn’t be rapping if it wasn’t for the golden era of hip-hop. When I was young, everyone was just all about freestyle. Once we saw Screw make it, it made us feel like we could do it, too, since he’s from where we’re from.
Do any other types of music inspire you?
Yeah, I listen to a lot of Spanish music, old-school stuff like Selena and Luis Miguel. Real romantic music is the kind of stuff I listen to when I’m writing. When I’m writing, I try not to listen to hip-hop, beside 2Pac, who I listen to everyday.
What projects do you have going on for 2014?
Last American Migos just dropped three weeks ago and it’s out right now. It's a concept album about a person from my area really making it, and what it would look like and sound like if they had a commercial level. It’s still rugged, just presented in another way.
I see you also have a clothing line called Symbol. Tell us a little bit about it.
My brand Symbol is about the revolution. It’s a vision of something that means a lot and it’s its own thing. Nowadays you have so many brands making clothing and pushing symbols and people wearing symbols, and most people don’t even really know what they are. That’s why we took the name — you feel me? Once we took over the name, we knew we could do something right with it.