Wednesday, April 10, 2024


Part II of Nik-O-Licious Exclusive interview with the Legendary “Raheem The Dream
Make sure you check out “First Time I Met Her” and “ATL Rap Story” following the interview. Just follow the links and get ready to jam!

HEAT: On your new projects, can we look for any features?
DREAM: No stars on this album. I’m doing this one like Maxwell and Prince. Just get in the studio and do your craft. So when you buy my album you aren’t buying me and bunch of other artist.
HEAT: What do you think about the way hip hop/rap music has changed over the course of your career?
DREAM: I’ve watched it change. Something that tripped me out was when you look at the music, say like the 80’s, it was all clean but the songs were hits. They didn’t have dirty verses to them. When you look at LL Cool J, Run DMC, Fat Boys, Doug E Fresh, Whodini, Raheem The Dream, you get those albums and see if you see a parental advisory on them. We made them bad boys and they were jamming hard, those songs, we made’em straight up clean. Then with NWA, Luke and 2Live Crew came the explicit lyrics, and of course I got me some stickers on some of my records. Then once it got into the 2000’s it was about the dancers dancing against each other. Then we moved into where it’s all about, who got the baddest clothes and houses and rides and who slang the most dope. It got real vulgar and gangsta. So I’ve watched it change from all these different stages. Now it’s about bragging on everything, especially money and jewelry. But each class of the game had their own youth following. It’s almost like information, you kind of know what’s going on in the streets and in the clubs, in the neighborhoods, and what this generation is thinking.
HEAT: So what do you see that they’re thinking.
DREAM: The money, the jewelry, the cars, the houses, the planes, all material things. But when they blow it up like that, they’re telling people, indirectly, you got to be fly. To be fly you have to have all these things. But people don’t have money to live like that. It’s selling a false fantasy. We need doctors, lawyers, teachers, and other professionals. Everybody can’t be a rapper but everybody is trying to.
HEAT: Would you say that Hip Hop is dead now?
DREAM: In a sense it has from where it used to be. Like you can get a mix tape on the street corner and it’s almost like you’re in a club. You don’t really want to pay for it cause you really don’t see the value in it. Not like when we were doing entire albums where you could ride and be like, “they really talking about something”. Something you can ride to on a long trip. How many songs you want to listen to that talk about how much money I got? But that’s what they’re talking about.
HEAT: When I think of the artist like yourself and the others you mention earlier doing clean hip hop, the presents of love in their lyrics from overcoming circumstances and obstacles in their lives was present. Respect for the fans and taking some responsibility in what they were putting out. Do you think that kind of love for the art is missing in the rap music today?
DREAM: Absolutely…my thing is if I’m going to write an album with ten songs; one is going to be about how I came up, one relationships, one love, one sex, one making money, and so on. I’m going to spread my subjects out.
HEAT: That’s a real hip hop artist that’s true to the game. An artist taking responsibility for what’s being put out. We can’t wait for the new CD over here at The Heat. We’re always thinking about you and always here for you to help reach your fans and an audience that’s dying for some real, genuine, hip hop music.
DREAM: Well it’s on the way, “Back To The Future”…my mom even tripped out on the album. I got some really solid, solid hits for everyone to jam to. And I’m going to let you in on a secret about this album…there is not one curse word on it. But I took my time and made this album off the chain. You will not see a parental advisory sticker on it.
HEAT: Sounds fantabulous…finally something I’m sure I’ll be able to relate to. Thanks again so much for stopping by to vibe with us and don’t be a stranger.
DREAM: I just want to thank everyone; family, fans, friends, and colleagues that came and visited me or sent cards, flowers, or whatever as condolences when I was fighting for life. Love to you ALL. Without the fans and their support where would Raheem The Dream be? Thanks Nik for your continued support also. The Heat…number one baby…
HEAT: “That’s Right”…

So Raheem The Dream fans, you heard it right, he’s back and in full attack. Make sure you stay posted for that release date, “Back To The Future”.

Much Love! One Love!
Feel “The Heat”

Two tracks from “Back To The Future”

02 2. First Time I Met Her
10 10. ATL Rap Story

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