Collective, D.R.G. made up of C Dell and Lock, are the next big thing coming out of Detroit. With two mixtapes on the way, The Boot Leg and All Things Regular and a performance at Rock The Bells, D.R.G. is definitely a group you should stay tuned into. Their lyrics are backed by excellent production by artists such as Big K.R.I.T. and their music is personable, real and Rego. If you don’t know what the Rego movement is, it’s about time you educate yourself and catch on…
•Can you define what the ‘Rego’ movement is all about?
C Dell: That’s simple …it’s about being yourself. We feel like not just in music but in life people try to be something their not. They want to put on this “image” that is thought to be “cool”. The whole mission of our movement is to let people know it’s cool to be yourself. In most situations, 9 times out of 10 people will like you more for that reason.
•D.R.G. recently opened up for Raekwon, Ghostface Killah and Mobb Deep as part of Rock The Bells. How was that experience?
Lock: It was honor to share the stage with those legendary artists. Especially with Mobb Deep, them being of the many duos that we study and look up too. That show gave us an opportunity to perform in front of a lot of people who had no idea who we were and we walked away with some new fans.
•Where can listeners expect to see you performing in the future?
Lock: We’ll be doing some select dates on the Smoker’s Club Tour with Method Man, Curren$y, and Big K.R.I.T. You can follow us on twitter (@RegoDRG) and/or check our website (www.RegoDRG.com)for details in the next week or 2.
•Who are your musical influences?
C Dell: My personally influences are 50 Cent, Pac, Cam’ron, and Jadakiss.
Lock: I’ll have to say Jay-Z, Biggie, and Eminem are my biggest influences. Outkast is a heavy influencetoo; ATLiens is one of my all time favorite albums.
•What can we anticipate from your upcoming project, The Bootleg dropping this month, followed by All Things Regular dropping in October?
Lock: The Bootleg is raw as hell. For the most part, it’s straight spittin on there, and that’s what fan will be take away from that mixtape. There were some things we just had to get off our chest.
C Dell: On “All Things Regular” we focused more on making dope records with substance and you get a more in-depth look into our personal life. We have songs that address adversity, depression, relationship issues, family, and enjoying life as well. Our production team De Notes (Obie Trice “Cry Now”, D12 “How Come”, Big Sean “Not Good Enough”) produced the bulk of the project. We have a crazy chemistry with each other. Hopefully people will enjoy listening to the project as much as we enjoyed the process creating it. It’s dropping via DJBooth.net and YouHeardThatNew.com.
•Big K.R.I.T. played a role in production for some of your music, such as the dope jam, Claim 2 Fame, what brought you to link up with him?
C Dell: Our manager Ced Louie is good friends with Jonny Shipes, who is K.R.I.T.’s manager. We all stayed in the same hotel during SXSW this year and had an opportunity to meet K.R.I.T. down there. Shipes called us down to his hotel room one day and we sat down listened to a bunch of K.R.I.T.’s beats and picked out like 5 or 6 to work on. Claim 2 Fame was one of those beats. We’ve also had the opportunity to open up for him in Ann Arbor, MI during his Return of 4 Eva Tour. He is someone we’ll definitely be working with in the future on more records. People need to really recognize how dope he is as a producer.
•What do each of your personalities bring to the group?
C Dell: I bring the more gritty side of D.R.G. At times I can be more of the “hot head” in certain situations and I wear my emotions on my sleeve.
Lock: I’m more laid back but a risk taker at the same time. I’m spontaneous and the jokester of one of the group too.
•As Detroit natives, what is one thing your city taught you?
C Dell: If you can come up with a plan to make out of Detroit, you can make it anywhere in the world.
Lock: Any means necessary! Detroit teaches you how to hustle to survive.
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