We were fortunate enough to talk ish with Rap Artist…Driicky Graham!!! Driicky Graham is well-known for his hit single, “Snapbacks and Tattoos” which had just about everybody ready to party and show off their snapbacks and tattoos. Driicky Graham has been performing all over the country, making new music which leads us to his single, “We Up” featuring Sebastian Mikael. Lets catch up with Driicky Graham…
3 Voices: You were in the Lords of the Underground video “Tic Toc” at just 3 years old. Do you remember that experience?
Driicky Graham: Yeah, I remember it super vividly, like it was yesterday. The Lords of the Underground were like my uncles. They kind of helped raise me and that was my upbringing in the culture of hip hop. Basically, I got picked up by my mother and she dropped me off because it was like being around family anyway. They put makeup on my face and I was such a boyish little boy I didn’t like makeup on my face. I tried to wipe the makeup off and they told me to stop. I remember I had to hold a stick and a stone and look in the camera and roar. After that I wanted my mother, I was like “Okay cool…this was cool, I’m gonna see y’all later, we can play video games or something”. I knew what was going on, but I really didn’t, but at the end of the day I got it done.
3 Voices: Was that the beginning of your love for hip hop?
Driicky Graham: I would definitely say so, besides just riding around the city and all my mother would use to play was Biggie, Pac, Method Man, Mary J, Nas, Jay…a lot of the greats around my era. I can’t forget about Method Man, I can’t forget Wu Tang Clan; it’s just a lot of people. I had no choice…and by a young age, before I was age 3, I always could rap other lyrics, so that was just kind of like my thing. I think that was a great influence on my life.
3 Voices: You have been rapping for a long time. You actually signed your first deal at just 17. What was it like starting out at such a young age?
Driicky Graham: To me, I started taking rap seriously around the age of 14. To me it was basically a hobby at first. It was in private, I only wanted people really close to me to know I rap, because I was really sensitive about the stuff I was putting out because it was real to me. It wasn’t fabricated lines about killing this or killing that, it was about what was going on in my real life with my family, my school, and everything like that. So I started really getting into it around the age of 14, working my way up, learning different stuff on my own and then we moved from down South, came back up to the Jersey/New York area and people heard me spitting and recommended me to somebody. I got signed to an independent label.
3 Voices: Snapbacks & Tattoos was your first big hit. What was it like when that song came out so major?
Driicky Graham: Snapbacks & Tattoos was just supposed to be like any other record. I was working on my mixtape at the time called “You Gotta Start Somewhere.” It was just like on datpiff and all of those hip hop sites and when I was sending out my mixtape I just wanted an anthem like that…that related to me. Unfortunately, my sister on my mother’s side passed away and that was the first tattoo I got in my life, on the back of my neck. With that the addition of snapbacks came along. I never planned it to be a hit, I always just considered myself working and working hard. I never try to fall in love with anything too hard because one record that you like the fans may not and vice versa. But I think that I knew that it would be something so we tried it and it’s gotten to the level that it is now. I want to thank all of the fans for supporting the record too.
3 Voices: Tell us about your single, “We Up” featuring Sebastian Mikael. How did that song come about?
Driicky Graham: We Up is signifying me growing as an artist and growing as a man, what I want to talk about and my perspective. Coming up from Snapbacks & Tattoos which was an anthem and a culture song, I was 19 at the time and me being 22 now I just want to talk about more things that people can relate to out here in our society. I think a lot of my generation they talk about turning up with thots and doing all this other stuff. I wanted to go against the grain a little bit and touch on the fact that it’s some ladies out here that can prove themselves to be loyal if you give them the chance. I’ve experienced thots, I’ve experienced turning up, but I don’t want to bring them home to mama. You save that for the clubs. You bring wifey home to mama. You bring the girl you want to be up with to mama.
Shout out to my boy Sebastian Mikael, he was a good look on that record. We were actually kicking it outside of some music stuff, and then we linked up in a studio in New York and made a hit.
3 Voices: When can we expect your next album and/or EP?
Driicky Graham: I’m dropping a mixtape this Fall. I’m going to be scheduling the album hopefully first quarter of next year. I want to get everybody in tune for all the music and the material so it can go crazy. Give them a sample of how versatile I’m coming, telling my life story and what I’ve been through and how I connect to the culture and the kids out here.
3 Voices: Will there be any features on the mixtape?
Driicky Graham: Yeah, I don’t want to leak any out right now, but definitely, I’m definitely putting in some work. I have some collabs coming from different people. To the Coke boys to my man Juicy J, but you’re going to see with the finished product how many collabs we actually going to have when it’s done.
3 Voices: We noticed that you’ve been performing a little bit of everywhere. Tell us about some of the places you’ve been.
Driicky Graham: I’m definitely out here performing. I’ve been some of everywhere pretty much. From Cali to New York and all over in-between the US. To Germany to Aruba, I’ve to some of everywhere it’s crazy.
3 Voices: What has been your most memorable experience so far?
Driicky Graham: Going to the island of Aruba was really memorable. Germany was really, really great. I never thought people in a different country, speaking a different language would be rapping my song, knowing my lyrics. Singing Snapbacks & Tattoos and even other records that may not have been the biggest like Snapback & Tattoos but they still knew it. But in Aruba I got to perform alongside Dimitri Vegas, who is a really, really dope DJ, world renown. We performed to 30,000 people. That was the craziest one so far.
3 Voices: What’s next for Driicky Graham? Are there any exclusives you can share?
Driicky Graham: Definitely after the mixtape there’s are going to be a couple more singles I want to be be working and pushing out to everybody and then we’re going to drop that album, Success by the Graham is the title, first quarter of next year. I’ve just been in the studio working really, really hard on the album and now the mixtape and I’m just excited for people to hear all this new material.
3 Voices: How can the people reach out to you on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, etc.?
Driicky Graham: You can tweet me @driickygraham. My Instagram is @instadriickygraham Facebook Driicky Graham. My website is http://www.iamdriickygraham.com/ where you can find anything. The merchandise is coming. The record is coming. I’m coming. Anything that you’re looking for…I’m coming for it!
And there you have it people! You heard it all from Driicky Graham himself! Be sure to check out his official website http://www.iamdriickygraham.com/ for Driicky Graham’s music, videos, shows, merchandise and etc. Much more success to you Driicky Graham and keep in touch!
Here’s Driicky Graham “We Up” featuring Sebastian Mikael: