Video: 6 Tre G- “Fresh” Dapper Alabaman 6 Tre G Hits the Streets and the Mall With “Fresh” Video
As a child of 11 in Fayette, Alabama, 6 Tre G’s cousins brought him a Slick Rick and Doug E. Fresh record, La Di Da Di. As a direct result of that record, Tre became fully immersed in beats and rhymes. “I learned La Di Da Di because it was the only record I had,” he says. “When I came home from school, I played that. It got to the point where I knew it so well that I just played the instrumental and I’d say the words.” Tre’s musical influences have come full circle with “Fresh.” The track samples and revolves around the line “Fresh dressed / like a million bucks” from La Di Da Di, the song that made Tre want to rap in the first place.
6 Tre takes the theme of the Slick Rick line and runs with it, dropping a veritable mall directory’s worth of brand names throughout the track’s lyrics. “See I’m a hit that Nawf / black tee / black 13’z / with the Crown Holder jeans / Mark Buchanan black leather with the panther / flex-fit baseball / the B stands for ‘Bama.” The video is set in the club, and involves both a lot of fine ladies and lot of different looks for 6 Tre. “No you ain’t / seen a gangsta that clean (Nope) / fit so sick / the fit need vaccine / round my britches / big diamond-backed rattler / cocoa fitted / the A stands for Alabama.”
It’d be easy to make assumptions about the kind of artist 6 Tre G is given the fact that he’s been to jail and was born in Birmingham, Alabama. But this is one artist who has no interest living up to anyone else’s clichés. “I was in the penitentiary with New York rappers, West Coast rappers, and Jamaican rappers,” he says. “I can speak patois and spit that. I’ll challenge anyone in the game. I’ll slaughter them because I’m not confined to one thing. I’m not South or East Coast or West Coast.”
6 Tre G spent much of his childhood in Fayette, Alabama after he was adopted due to his mother being addicted to drugs. His surrogate family influenced him musically during his formative years with his sister teaching him to play the piano and his mother, who was a poetry and arts teacher, sparking his interest in rhyming after suggesting he do so for a creative writing contest in second grade.
6 Tre managed to spin the adversity of incarceration into action, by building his own company, Darkhouse Music Group, releasing numerous mixtapes, and tearing up local radio airwaves with hits like the flossy “Dem Jayz.” When he unleashed his fun, carefree ode to partying all night, “On A Roll,” it proved to be his tipping point. “I put that to radio and it took over Huntsville,” 6 Tre says with a smile. “I was getting attacked in stores. People were singing my song to me at my shows. They loved the record.”
Former Jive Records marketing executive Julia Kadarusman also loved the record and quickly signed 6 Tre G to her Moonstone Records imprint distributed by Battery/Jive. His music is a reflection of the perseverance it’s taken him to get here. Although many new artists would be nervous about how their music will be received, Tre doesn’t feel any pressure. “I’m not trying to show anybody anything,” he says. “I wanna give people something they can relate to. Then like minded individuals are gonna end up being my fans because I’m talking what they’re living or wanna do.” Anybody who’s overcome insurmountable odds in life and is having a good time doing it should be able to relate.