#38: Dre Murray - The Dre Murray Writing Process
Posted: Sep 05 2016
Christian rapper Dre Murray was born and raised in the South Park development within Houston, Texas, but he moved to Oklahoma City, Oklahoma in 2000 for school. Murray's adopted home had a healthy Christian hip-hop scene that fostered his artistic growth. He released his first two albums, Project Ghetto and Manumit, in 2003 and 2008, respectively. Across 2010 and 2011, he and Wit issued the Hell's Paradise series. Along with Christon Gray, Alex Faith, and Swoope, Murray then formed W.L.A.K. (We Live as Kings). The group released a self-titled album in March 2013, and it was a crossover success, peaking at number one on Billboard's Top Gospel Albums chart while hitting number seven on Top Rap Albums and number 81 on the all-genre Billboard 200 chart. Four months later, Murray released Gold Rush: Maybe One Day for the Collision label. It peaked at number six on the Billboard Gospel chart. ~ Andy Kellma (via iTunes)
THE DRE MURRAY WRITING PROCESS
- Capture the moment of inspiration by recording it (via rapping over the answering machine / iPhone recorder / notes).
- Ideas usually come midday or morning / or via television.
- The key is to capture the moment when the idea happens.
- The music or the beat is usually the next step.
- Capitalize on those moments of inspiration.
- Sometimes it seems like your small movements of inspiration won’t turn into anything, but nine times out of ten they do.
- Those one or two lines (the spark of an idea) can be something amazing. It's the grind and the work that gets it there.
- Being somebody that is always ready to rap helped him gain the following he has today.
- Always have something on deck.
- Walking outside, conversations with people, podcasts, interviews.
- Maybe 0-1% of inspiration comes form other music.
- Inspiration is everywhere. Look in a different place. Go find it.
- Inspiration comes from communication and not just verbal communication.
- Go outside of where you are at and do something else.
- Get out of your comfort zone.
- Approach it like a movie.
- The Visionary (the client) is like the director.
- Set your personal ideas aside.
- Go hard for what the cause is and the vision is.
- Speak your truth.
- We all have a journey.
- The only way to cut through is to speak from your journey and your experience.
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org