Adam Reverie | Rapper | Hip-Hop Student
Growing up in Detroit during the late 1990s, early 2000s, when were you first introduced to Hip-Hop?
My uncle was a rapper during the 1980's, and 1990's. I used to see him walking around the Linwood area in Detroit, MI with the boombox, so I've always had it around me. I didn't start rapping officially until 2009. So, from 2009 to 2011, I was busy perfecting my craft. I took some stabs at it when I was younger, which I think every does at a certain point, but I began to really take it seriously around that time. My first project came out in 2011 and I've been at it ever since.
Being that you were from Linwood, and also hearing guys such as Street Lord Juan and Blade Icewood, did you listen to any of these cats growing up?
I did. Being from Linwood, I also grew up with Rock Bottom. Big Herk used to stay up the street from me across Davidson, on Woodrow Wilson. With me going to Hazel Park Schools, my parents did a good job of keeping me out of the nonsense. This is probably why my viewpoints are a little different than other people. I got the opportunity to see the good and bad side of things while I was younger. Living in an inner-city, but being educated on the other side of the poverty-line opened my eyes to a lot of things. The grass isn't always greener on the other side. Also, this experience taught me how to look at the heart of a person. and not their skin tone.
What did you take from the experience with you freestyling on "Sway In The Morning?"
I saw that as an opportunity that could change my life, which is what I thought it would be. I prayed and asked God to let the known artists that are in the city be there to witness it. I also wanted to play fair. If the playing field is even, let's see what happens. When I started to rap, there was something that took over me when I heard the crowd responding to the things that I was saying. I didn't want to stop rapping. I wanted to prove to everybody that was watching and listening that you can have your favorites, but you need to mention Adam Reverie when you mention Detroit Hip-Hop.
Talk to me about your father and how his incarceration affected you in a positive and negative way.
First off, I believe my dad will be released early. I need him back because that's my best-friend. I grew up in the house with my father, so everything took place with him while I was in college. I slept with a lot of women when get got life in prison, which is why I made my EP Soul Ties. Me doing that is how I dealt with my pain. I didn't want to run to the streets so I slept with women. I didn't realize until years later that that was my way of coping. My father is now a different person with so much wisdom, and he's closer to God now, so it's been a positive experience. I get to experience a new person who's reformed and different. He's always been a great dad, but he's even better now. The only negative that came from this situation is the fact that I slept with a lot of women.
You've spoken about how your last EP "Soul Ties" was dedicated to God and forgiveness, and how you were unbeknownst to the reception that it received. With your single "Passion" already out in the music space, what will your sound morph into on your new project?
With my new project, it's actually something that I've been sitting on for two years. It's printed, pressed up, and ready to go. I haven't released the name yet, but it's centered around the black community and my outlook as a black man in America. I know for a fact it's unlike anything that's been heard and I say that without arrogance, but with confidence and humility. I say that because I listen to music, so there are topics that I'm speaking about that haven't been touched on. I have a song where I rap in the form of money. This concept finds me exploring how money sees the black men from when we were in Africa, all the way up to now. I have a song for white hip-hop lovers where I'm questioning their feelings when times get rough in the black community. I have another song where I'm speaking to our ancestors about the injustices that are occurring today. The album is very different and I know it's going to take me to the next level when it's all said and done.