Today we are chilling with a underground rapper who has been on the grind on the East Coast since the 90’s. Today we are kicking it with the one and only Dro Pesci.
HipHopLEAD: For starts where did the name come from?
Dro Pesci: The name pretty much came from a freestyle. They always called me Dro, I got that from the streets. The Pesci part came about from Joe Pesci roles that he played in movies. We shared alot of the same traits, just a short wild dude (laughs). I said something in a freestyle like “I kill you with pens” and “short crazy motherfucker Joe Pesci with timbs” and my old partner was like yo, thats it, that should be ya name, and from that day on thats what it was.
HipHopLEAD: You make it pretty evident you rep Staten Island to the fullest. No one has really made a huge buzz since Wu-tang in the early 90’s. Do you think being from the “forgotten borough” makes it harder for you to get your shine on?
Dro Pesci: Yeah, I would definitley say harder. We’re forgotten at all times, no matter what it is.
HipHopLEAD: Why is it you think Brooklyn continues to make a heavy noise, and only a small body of water that seperates Staten Island from BK, so why is it there as much going on on the mainstream level for Shaolin?
Dro Pesci: For starters Staten Island’s alot smaller than BK, so of course theres less people. BK has been doing it for years. The Wu is pretty much the only people that made it, I mean they put us on the map. There’s not too many dope emcees around here, and the ones that are, dont get the proper recognition, but I think thats gonna change soon.
HipHopLEAD: What obstacles and real life experiences made you come up with “When I Blow Up Don’t Show Up”?
Dro Pesci: Just too many people talking bout ” I know this dude who knows this dude, all we need to do is…” I’m like WE? Where you been for the last 10 years. All of a sudden you recognize my grind and its WE?
HipHopLEAD: With Part two to W.I.B.U.D.S.U. on the way, how has your artistry changed on this project?
Dro Pesci: Not too much at all. Same style of beats, same kind of wordplay. Just newer joints and more features.
HipHopLEAD: What is your favorite record off the project so far?
Dro Pesci: My favorite is “Rep My”.
HipHopLEAD: Who were your influences to get into music?
Dro Pesci: A bunch of the pioneers like G-rap, KRS, Big Daddy Kane, Rakim, then the later ones like Nas, Jay, Big L, Pun , Biggy, Wu-tang, Mobb Deep, CNN, Bootcamp just to name a few, there’s alot more!
HipHopLEAD: When you first started it was more of a side thing for you. Now it seems like you really have a career goal set .. what made you finally wake up and say “damn I need to be focused” … “I want to do this shit” ?
Dro Pesci: I think the last time I got into legal trouble. i was just like enough is enough, its time to make this shit happen already!
HipHopLEAD: It’s public knowledge that the street life and partying and using drugs effected you as an artist and also made you side track alot. Can you give us some details on how bad your experience with the darkside was at that point? (for ex. any street stories, drugs used, what made you finally stop)
Dro Pesci: Listen to my music ..
HipHopLEAD: Any features worth mentioning on the upcoming album?
Dro Pesci: If you call Kool G Rap worth mentioning (laughs).
HipHopLEAD: If by some chance music doesn’t pan out for you what will you be doing 5 years from now?
Dro Pesci: Hopefully being alive and free.
HipHopLEAD: Here at HipHopLead.com we like to ask our features some questions that really are out of the norm.We do this because it gives the fans a broader outlook on you. So lets get it cracking …. Are you happy with Obama as a President so far?
Dro Pesci: It is what it is man, he’s a puppet, what can I say?
HipHopLEAD: Would you vote for him in 2012?
Dro Pesci: Don’t vote.
HipHopLEAD: Being a Staten Island resident, do you think a show like “Mob Wives” hurts the character of your borough or helps it get noticed?
Dro Pesci: I dont think it hurts it in anyway, but it definitley helps it get noticed, but not really for the right thing (laughs).
HipHopLEAD: Being a dope East Coast lyricist how do you feel about Wacka Flocka and Gucci Mane as hiphop artists?
Dro Pesci: To be honest … I can’t stand em.
HipHopLEAD: Who was the dopest member of Wu-tang in your opinion?
Dro Pesci: Wow, that’s a tough one, I would have to say Ghostface.
HipHopLEAD: Back To The Norm… Name 1 song you’ve done that will have the HipHopLead.com viewers hooked!?
Dro Pesci: I think they’ll be hooked from any of the songs, as long as there REAL hip hop fans
HipHopLEAD: Thanks for hollering at us and in closing give any shoutouts….links to your sites….F.U.’S or whatevers clever
Shout out to Tha Advocate, Eroc, J-cap, Nick Jackelson, Dj Haze, Tame one, Echo 1, J-force, Teo, Trace, and all my people, and all my fans!