American Dreamin’ with Rain

North Carolina MC Rain chats it up with TheOvun on his latest projects and what he has coming up..

Rain – Let’s Go! [prod. Uncle Ruck]
Peep the ill Ramones sample…

Download: Rain – Let’s Go! [prod. Uncle Ruck]
Directed by Scooba Steve For 576 Productions.

THEOVUN:
You’re from North Carolina, tell us a little bit about what it’s like

RAIN:
It’s cool, I’m from Fayetteville, we got an army base, we got 30strip clubs on 1 block and church on the corner, it’s home.

THEOVUN:
North Carolina seems to be a very special place on the music scene– you got rap acts like Petey Pablo and then you have crews like the Justus League.

RAIN:
Yeah, when it comes to music everybody does different music, it’s weird–We’re in the middle, of the state and kind of in the middle on the coast, so you have 1/2 who are influenced by that Southern rap and 1/2 that are influenced by that New York music. We don’t have really have an identity – really though, it depends on who you ask – my answer is: it’s diverse

THEOVUN:
So tell us about the transition between NC and NYC?

RAIN:
[I] Moved up here [New York] when i was 15, I dropped out of school – I already knew what I wanted to do. I threw all my clothes in a garbage bag and came up on a Greyhound. My father is from the Bronx, and my mother is from Brooklyn, so I already been familiar with the city. I pressed up some CDs and wrote my number on em and just started handing em out.

THEOVUN:
Wooow determination, so speaking of CDs about how many mixtapes have your released?

RAIN:
A lot! you Got obviously American Dreamin’ Part I, Only In America, Another Day Another Dollar, Highly Anticipated and a lot of others.

THEOVUN:
So talkin about this current mixtape – American Dreaming Part II, the stand outs on this tape would have to be “Lady in the Red Dress” and “Buried With a Secret”. It takes a certain caliber of skill to be able to tell a story and it takes even more skill to deliver them as fluid as you did, tell us a little about these tracks.

RAIN:
For, “Buried With a Secret”, I recorded that track for the tape first. Imma be honest I don’t know where that came from. *Laughs* Someone sent me the beat and the name of the beat was “buried with a secret”. I saw that and just ran with it. So it started with a young kid whose father was beating on his mother- it shows how the father winds up killing his mother and then he [the son] winds up getting killed before he can tell anyone the story.  As I was writing it, I had to pull myself out from that. It was really hard for me to make it, I started with the tv going and the radio and it fucked it up and so I remember just going back and listening to all of my favorite albums, and everything like Life After Death, It Was Written, and got to I Am and I heard that joint – “Undying Love” [by Nas] with the story  – I was thinking – I need to do something like that!!

Rain – Buried With a Secret ft. KP

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THEOVUN:
What about Lady in the Red dress?

RAIN:
That story!? *Laughs* Actually was something almost really happened.

THEOVUN:
WORD!?*Laughs* Elaborate my dude!

RAIN:
Lady in the red dress is actually something that almost really happened. – I was in the car, and this car full of girls pulled up on the side on the light, at that point some other car comes up behind us with their bright lights on.  So as im sitting home, I was thinking, I wonder what would have happened if we really followed the girls?

S the story goes along with the song, we follow these girls to a house, the car in back of us put they breaks on ,  we get to the house,  my homie we in the house with the girls, and it just goes on from there. I woke up the next morning I go and see where everybody at- I see the car that was behind us from the last night – I hear her aguring with somebody, he look at me he pulled the gun out and it goes on from there.

Rain – Lady In The Red Dress

THEOVUN:
CRAZY, you have a nice way you create your songs – even on the hook heavy songs – what’s your creative process?

RAIN:
I more of person it just depends on how I feel what I hear and whatever comes out, comes out. I write to the the beat, I grab the pen start writing, and whatever happens happens. I don’t have a rhymebook or nothing like that. But just the same, I think about a lot of things during the day, like if i hear something how I could use it later. Like I’ll here the Loso doing and think of using it in a 16 on remix or something like – “so throw it in a bag like Fab”. Like the one thing I didn’t do on this tape which I would have liked to do is switch up the flow, I think I did everything I wanted to do except that – you know do some crazy Bone Thugs switch it up.

THEOVUN:
So what do you have coming up?

RAIN:
A few more videos, a tape, an album, and definitely, projects for all my artists on First In Flight Entertainment as well. I have a non-profit organization as well…we do stuff like have back to school giveaways…cookouts…basketball tournaments and thing to help out the community so we also have some events for NC coming up as well.

WHERE TO FIND RAIN:
www.myspace.com/rain910
www.twitter.com/Rain910

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