I'm Dru Yates, and I was born in Heidelberg Germany, where my parents moved to the United States where I grew up in Queens, NY. I moved to Kansas when I was about 7, and now I reside in the ATX, Austin, TX.
I first discovered my love for music at a very young between the age of 7 and 13 growing up in the 80s, listening to music my mom would play throughout the house while she was cleaning; like Prince, Al Green, Marvin Gaye, and Michal Jackson just to name a few. After she noticed I liked walking around the house singing and performing my little dances in front of her to all of the songs she would play, she decided to put me and my two brothers in local music contests, and that was just the beginning.
Doing these music contest, allowed me to perform with my two brothers at local talent shows my mom will put us all in. We would go up and do Chris Cross as a group, then once we were done, my older brother John would do Michael Jackson. Growing up in the 80s was where I enjoyed the music the most. The tunes and melodies. I would feel the music and it was thought-provoking. Performing with them as kids are my special memories.
I always played sports, and basketball was my thing. So I stopped doing music to focus on playing basketball. But I remember getting a call from my brother John, who was incarcerated at the time, telling me, Music is what you need to do. so he pushed me hard to do this music. But it was when I did my first recording, it brought me back to music, and thats what made me want to pursue it as a career.
Honestly, I cant say just one person, or thing that influences me, my style is basically a mix of East-coast and Midwest style depending on the track. I really try to keep the lyrical content to every song while still making something you could vibe and bounce to. Listening to New York rap, and growing up in Kansas while listening to down south rap, I would hear both artists from New York with lyrical content, and the south with beats to jam to. The content comes from growing up to the old music I listened to as a kid. So I accredit my style to that 80s music. So I guess I was influenced by the music of the '80s.
I don't, haha to be honest with you. I would go into a studio and the beat will have to pull the song out of me. I would hear over two-hundred beats, and still not come up with anything to work on. Out of the two-hundred beats, I may narrow that down to twenty-five, and then down to five, until I find that right one. If I have an idea I will keep coming back to that beat.
Yeah, Id like to thank God, first and foremost for giving me the talent to do what I do. My mother of course for all of the sacrifices she made to allow me to pursue music. She is my number one fan, she hears all my music and supports my hands down. And my brothers. But more importantly, everyone that has supported my music. And of course LS Muzik Group for helping me strive further with my music career, and reaching new levels.