Vancouver’s Tre Nyce takes on Toronto [Interview]
Toronto, ON – It’s been a while since we last talked to well known Vancouver artist Tre Nyce. Since then he’s dropped a mixtape, Kings Crusade, and a handful of viral videos. Now the “King of the V” is stepping out of his reigning city and broadening his horizons this summer. He’s taking the mega city Toronto head on. With numerous upcoming projects in tow, Tre feels he’s prepared and ready to conquer the rest of Canada. He sits down with HipHopCanada to discuss some unanswered questions, and give us a preview of his big new single “Nirvana.”
Tre Nyce: Q&A
Interview conducted by Christina Parihar for HipHopCanada
HipHopCanada: Last time we sat down and talked to you was about a year and a half ago, how has your life changed since then?
Tre Nyce: Everything. From the extremely good to the extremely bad has happened since we last spoke. For me it’s always been about finding the right balance between my personal life and career. I’m a father, brother, son and I’m also “Nyce”. I’ve also spent so much time this last little while in the studio with DJ Kemo, Jay Nasty and Big Chef perfecting my music and I feel like I’m finally ready to showcase my true abilities like never before. I feel stronger every time I get to record or step on the stage and zone out.
HipHopCanada: So you’re out here in Toronto, where you grew up as a kid. What brings you back out here?
Tre Nyce: I love Toronto. It has a culture and moral base that’s undeniable and really isn’t seen anywhere else in this country on such a large scale. I’m here to connect with real artists whose philosophies are like-minded with mine. The Internet is great because it has no borders and people can connect; but I feel like for me it wasn’t enough. The best way for people to get to know you is face to face, and that’s why I been flying around the country to every hot spot this summer. Also, I love the competitiveness engrained in everyone out here.
HipHopCanada: What kind of stuff are you competing over?
Tre Nyce: [Laughing] Everything. From who has the freshest Jordan’s to who’s got the badder bitch.
HipHopCanada: You were part of the line up of the NXNE festival, but your show with Rich Kidd was cancelled. There was a lot of speculation about why that show was cancelled, including suspected gang violence. Care to shed any light on the situation?
Tre Nyce: Truthfully it was just a case of over-hyped exaggeration and propaganda being put out to make something out of nothing. I felt like the bloggers were writing about the situation like it was some east coast west coast shit! That’s never the case, like it or not Canada may be a great country but when it comes to hip-hop, we’re nothing more than a small state. I don’t look at this country with any thought about division in regards to east and west. Rich Kidd makes sick beats and has an ill flow. I’m still yet to meet him but I definitely want a couple beats off him. No Frank Ocean.
HipHopCanada: I saw that you also recently filmed a music video out here in Toronto, can you give us a little preview on the video?
Tre Nyce: We were fortunate enough to get a Much video fact grant for a big record called “Nirvana” produced by DJ Kemo and Chin Injeti. The song is really about my lifestyle and how my brothers and I live. I pay homage to the legendary rock group in many different aspects of the video, from tattooed cheerleaders to even wearing the groups famed “smiley face” shirt. It was produced by the NE company and directed by Ken Galloway. I can’t thank my brother Mitchy Blue enough for doing all that damn paper work so we could bring this masterpiece to light. I also want thank K-Fresh and Goldmine Media for doing the behind the scenes filming, which you can see on YouTube right now.
HipHopCanada: A lot of your fans are wondering when the next Swollen Member and Tre Nyce collaboration will come out, can we expect anything from you guys soon?
Tre Nyce: There will never be another Tre Nyce/Swollen record.
Tre Nyce: It was cool to work with the guys and learn what to do and what not to do in this game. We’re different artists and people collectively. I’m blessed to have the opportunity to revitalize what they had already built, but now its time for me to focus my attention on helping myself. I actually challenged Madchild to a KOTD battle on Twitter recently.
HipHopCanada: I know a lot of people would love to see that!
Tre Nyce: [Laughing] Hell yeah. He didn’t reply, he’s ignoring it. That says it all right there.
HipHopCanada: What can your fans expect to see or hear from you in the near future?
Tre Nyce: More quality videos and music. I recently did a tour with Rupness Monsta, Berris Smith, DJ Kemo, and DJ Smallz from Southern Smoke. The tour was crackin. I chopped it up with Smallz about doing a mixtape and it’s looking like that’s coming out pretty quick as well. We just dropped the video to “Rozay and Cleco” directed by Mista Hindz. “Nirvana” is on its way to MuchMusic any day now. Also, I’ll be out here in Toronto filming with Joe Gunner and my Vancouver boy Adam Bainz so you can definitely expect more video content. Everything is coming together naturally. My brothers and I are also working on the FAMO movement, including a crazy dope clothing line, parties, showcases etc. It’s a lifestyle, so look out for the Famolotti coming your way soon. We’re actually throwing a FAMO party on August 24th in Toronto at Dazzling Lounge located at 291 King St West. Everybody come out for that! I’m just taking advantage of the opportunities life brings me and making the most of it.
Interview conducted by Christina Parihar for HipHopCanada
About Tre Nyce
Among the “New Wave” of artists from Canada bursting on to the Hip-Hop scene one name stands out above the rest and is highly regarded coast to coast as “The One To Watch In 2011″.
Vancouver Based, 22 year old Tre Nyce already boasts an impressive resume having worked with the likes of “Swollen Members”, “Tech9″, “Glasses Malone”, and “La Coka Nostra”. Following a successful feature campaign on the aforementioned Swollen Members 2009 release “Armed To the Teeth”, The “King Of The V” is poised to embark on his crusade for notoriety and credibility amongst the greats of the game today.
Tre Nyce Videos
Tre Nyce – Nirvana (Behind the Scenes)
Tre Nyce – Rozay & Dat Cleco
You can find more info on Tre Nyce at TreNyce.com.
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