SRE is the young-budding Hip-hop craftsman with an unparalleled aspiration to transform into something more consequential than artists on the current charts. He began making music faithfully one year ago and, to this day, maintains as The Candian Metropolis's most anticipated drip-drenched and smooth versifying new-comers, so naturally, that ambition should come as exciting for his fans.
Embodying his urban-roots, SRE's enthusiasm for music keeps with it's notoriously diligent and spurred velocity in his flow with the leading single, "DVP," off his EP 'Honda Vibez,' which, so far, stands as the next stanchion to dock under his extraordinary Hip-hop-inspired technique and aesthetic.
Here, over the light allegorical wit revolved around the core of all traffic going into the world's fourth-biggest City-Center—The Don Valley Parkway," Sre turns left and right between escorting Top-lines and into scoring Urban-cemented refrains. His tempered Rapping patterns embellish a kaleidoscopic landscape that uses the crisp metallic cadences of shining 32nd note hi-hats, a punch-inciting low-end, and the perplexing automatons of surrounding synth pads to diffuse intoxicating vibe from out of thin air.
When listening, it's easy to lose sight of the adhesive beat garnishing this urban-swaggering single—tambourines percussion and coruscating samples and snares flashing over every transition—because of the magnetic nature behind his Azizi Gibson-reminiscent steadfast cadency and witt. His sonic niche on this track is bonded in a foundation that bounces off his clever wordplay. This is anchored by the anecdote of driving down life's Don Valley Parkway-reminiscent zig-zags: "the DVP is meant for metaphors and all-night journey drives," as he says over the hook.
Even after the brief timeframe, SRE has spent jaunting across and dodging the temptation to join the clogged mélange of Trap-house-soaked sonics departing from most Toronto-based rapper's catalogs these days, and the Scarborough house-hold name distinguishes himself nonetheless; glistening with Hip-hop exceptionalism and innovate wordplay over "DVP."
What was the metaphor and anecdote behind "DVP," and what influenced your use of the Canadian highway as the main focal point?
The metaphor behind DVP was to keep moving even if it feels like you’re not going anywhere. When people with a dream have a deep passion for something and we’re just starting or have been doing it for years, it feels as if everything is like an elliptical- you know you’re making moves, but you’re still in the same place, and that can be very irritating. I used DVP, Don Valley Parkway, as the main focal point because it is the highway of the unexpected in Toronto. For example, there would be moments where I feel like I’m cruising and I’m seeing results while other moments feel like I’m stuck dead-center in traffic and my whole life is on pause. I compare traffic or being stopped by cops to delays throughout someone’s journey as well as accidents are distractions to make your eyes wander when it’s not your business because that can also make you get into a collision when you’re not focused in your lane. The anecdote was to just express how anything can be an obstacle when you’re moving forward, especially when you’re trying to move on your time and not God’s.
Can you tell us about some of the emotions and inspirations you needed to hone in on to get the performance you've capture on this track?
I had to enter into a mind of lonesome enjoyment. Have you ever been alone to a point you enjoyed it? Like your vibe is just top-notch by yourself? Sounds depressing, but it’s not, I promise you, it’s just another level of protecting your energy and environment while loving yourself at the same time. Sometimes too much company can clutter my mind, but I’m always down for a good time. My mom is a strong inspiration as well. I’ve seen her go through so many things as a single mother that it seems as if whatever obstacle is thrown at her, this woman will not fall nor crumble, yet her energy is always high, no matter who is around. She always encourages me to smile, relax, and enjoy life for tomorrow is never promised. So, I took that same enjoyment and relaxation energy to implement it into this track.
What sorts of sentiments and physical sensations were you trying to recreate for your listeners throughout this track's playback?
I was trying to recreate a melodic, late-night drive with good company while making ways to your favorite spot. For me, there’s something about downtown Toronto, Yonge-Dundas street, that I can’t get enough of. Between the bright lights, electronic billboards, street performers, and that open space that makes your head spin when you turn, just create an exciting northern light, Broadway experience for me.
How does "DVP" fit into the Narrative you've rendered up behind 'Honda Vibez'?
DVP fits perfectly into the narrative behind “Honda Vibez” because of the feeling it produces. Throughout the track-list, it takes you on an adventure of what a typical night looks and feels like for me when I’m driving to get away and clear my mind. Every song has its own story, but every track leads into the next that focuses on different situations that mainly happens on a ride, allowing the listener to enter into my world piece by piece.
What's next for you?
As of right now, I’m continuing to improve myself as an artist, market my brand more, and build new connections with other people.