Considered by many in Charlotte as the future of R&B, OG Reek’s unique sound has allowed her to gather up a lot of support. Upfront about her truths and story to tell, OG Reek has taken on being the voice of a powerful sector of humanity, the LGBTQ community. Born and raised in the Queen city, her soulful approach to the genre of R&B has been dubbed Rhythm and Gangster. Her inspirations include Stevie Wonder, Mary J Blige and Young Jeezy all of whom she hopes to emulate in success. Currently promoting her Envy project, OG Reek has watched the popularity of her lead singles grow exponentially and has her eyes site on further progress. We sat down OG Reek to discuss her musical career pursuit, as well as Charlotte Hip Hop and more. Check out the exclusive interview below:
(Conducted by Jason Bourne)
Post My Fresh: Wanna start with your stage name and its origins. How long have you been performing under that moniker ?
OG Reek: About 4 years to date.
Post My Fresh: Like Mike also Real and Loyal have become popular songs talk to us about those singles:
OG Reek: Like Mike is a single based on the love I have for Michael Jordan as well as a love that I have for basketball in general. I can’t forget my love for the sneakers. Who doesn’t like Js. Incorporated in the song is my life experiences. Things I have went through while wearing them. And I also speak on times when I could not afford them.
Real and Loyal are about luxurious and living within good times. Loyalty is a term that we all can understand.
Post My Fresh: How is the reception when you perform Sweet Carolina ?
OG Reek: A lot of times when I hit the stage, I catch people off guard. According to Hip Hop standards I am not what people are expecting. A lot of people think I rap, not sing. I do both. Overall, I am an entertainer.
Post My Fresh: Aside from performances, what is the response in your home town. How is the support?
OG Reek: It’s okay. I can see progress. I grind hard, and I feel like the return is coming in. As far as my family – they are all in.
Post My Fresh: What’s the music scene like in North Carolina ?
OG Reek: It’s no NYC or ATL yet but there’s a lot of talent there and I am trying to lead the pack.
Post My Fresh: When did you know that writing and recording music was your passion ?
OG Reek: When I was watching a Otis Redding bio documentary I learned that he wrote and recorded an album in one day. That was inspirational.
Post My Fresh: What initially drew you to the culture of Hip Hop ?
OG Reek: The sound. I fell in love with Hip Hop soul.