NYC Skater Lil Dre Emerges as Key Player in Fashion and Music
For the latest episode of HYPEBEAST Diaries, we followed Lil Dre to New York for a comprehensive look at his multi-hyphenate daily life across skate, fashion and music.
“I came into the game in a different way,” Dre said of his introduction to the world of skateboarding. “You don’t go pro instantly, you really have to work for that s***.” When I started it was the only thing I did – nothing else, just skateboarding. But it opened so many other doors for me.
Dre received his first board as a gift from his father when he was nine years old and fell in love with the lifestyle soon after. As he got older and his skills became more advanced, Dre pioneered the concept of now-popular skate editing videos on social media, which usually feature hip-hop music and shots at the slow motion skating tricks.
As he gained traction on his social accounts, several brands, including Vlone and Heron Preston, began reaching out to him for a collaboration, and he now operates comfortably in the fashion world. But after entering the styling realm, Dre eventually encountered a slew of creatives who inspired him to simultaneously pursue a career in an entirely different creative industry: music.
“I hate being in a box just because I skate,” he said. “Whenever I do something that’s important to me, I’m like, ‘Okay, I’ve done it before. I’m trying to do something else. For me, skating and doing this other fashion shit, I met so many other people who make music and it’s like, why am I not doing this?
Since immersing himself in music, Dre says he teaches everything on his own and records everything on his own. And while he’s taking his time perfecting his process, he’s certain of one thing: “I’m starting to really like it.”
“I always tell all my houses that I’m really manifesting shit,” he added. “I swear I have dreams and stuff, and it literally happens. I feel like I knew I was going to do this.”
Watch the latest episode of HYPEBEAST Diaries above.
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