Eddy Lamarre, a.k.a. Precise , is precisely what I love when it comes to hip-hop. One listen to “It’s On Me,” written and performed by Precise and presented by the record label Take Axshun Music Inc., you realize there’s underground talent that’s just as good, or better, than the mainstream artists we hear on mainstream radio.
But there’s more to Chicago’s Precise than his penchant for creative rapping . It’s his personality and outlook on life. “The first moment I hit the stage is just exhilarating. Really when people are tuned into what I’m doing, when they’re paying attention to me, that fuels me,” said Precise in an interview with City Vanguard. “Because now I understand that I have a captive audience, and I need to deliver something that’s going to truly affect the world in a way that’s gonna make things change for our betterment.”
Am I a fan of N.W.A. or Biggie? Sure. However, the inspirational and motivational lyrics I find from Precise are ones I hope more hip-hop lovers hear .
Jolie du Pre: Precise, how did you get started in hip-hop?
Precise: It’s funny when I really think about it. I kind of got introduced to hip-hop on a few different occasions. I remember listening to Whodini and Run-D . M . C. at barbeques and on my front porch when I was coming up. Beastie Boys “License to Ill” was the first rap cassette I bought. “Freaky Tales” by Too Short was the first song that stopped me in my tracks. However, when I heard KRS-One and PE for the first time I really began to embrace the culture. Chuck D and KRS-One provided a different sensibility that I gravitated towards. Then Tribe and De La Soul hit the scene, and I was officially hooked.
I was a DJ for a while then decided to start rapping. I did a few talent shows and gained some notoriety. I was part of a group called Nubearth . We rocked a few shows. Shout out to Ideal (R.I.P.) and Creole. We went on to do different things. My passion for this culture and the music never left, and it has been with me since.
I decided to continue to pursue my dream and purpose, and it has been working out awesome.
Jolie du Pre: I enjoy listening and watching you in the video “It’s On Me.” Tell us what that experience was like.
Precise: Thank you so much for listening to the song and watching the video. It’s always humbling to know that people like what you do. The song “It’s On Me” was produced by Tye Hill. I wrote the song at a time in my life where everything was changing so fast. I was having trouble in my marriage, at work, and I was having difficulty pursuing my dream and my purpose.
Sometimes we tend to look for something outside of ourselves to blame for everything that is happening to us. Those things that we tend to point to may be different. The only constant would be us. I internalized that and understand that it’s really up to us as individuals to affect change in our lives and the world. We can only control what we do. We must make deliberate and clear choices with no fear or apprehension. I understand this connection we have to the universe and the creator. We are so fortunate.
Filming the video was so exciting. It was my first video my kids were involved, and it allowed me to showcase many of the things that I love. Having my sons in the video is the most special part of the experience because I was able to share my dream with them. They can see what dad does. I have a lot of love for the Arts and painting specifically, that’s why you see so much art work in the video. Shout out to Nicole Malcolm and Just Flo for allowing me to show their work. Jean Baptiste Pointe DuSable was a Haitian man who founded Chicago, so it was important for me to get a shot of the DuSable Museum co-founded by Margaret Burroughs because of my Haitian ancestry and my Chicago roots.
Jolie du Pre: What do you hope to achieve with your music within the next five years?
Precise: I’m very excited about the moment I am in right now; however within the next five years I would hope to be an influential artist within the culture of hip-hop. I want to tour the world on a motivational speaking campaign doing sold out shows. I should be working on another project, maybe my seventh project by then. I’m looking forward to being on many features and affecting many lives in a positive way through my music and experiences. Who knows, maybe by then I would have won a few awards and accolades that help propel me to another level of stardom.
Jolie du Pre: What do you love about hip-hop and what do you hate about hip-hop?
What I love about hip-hop is how in its purest form it transcends race, religion and politics. This is a culture that was created out of a love for expression and using what you have at your disposal to create beauty and change the world.
What I hate about hip-hop is how people have no regard for it as a culture. I always want to make the clear distinction that I am an emcee in the culture of hip-hop and I rap. What I do is an expression of the culture of hip-hop.
Right now this culture is bursting out at the seams, and it’s up to the elders to step up and take the reigns and guide this culture to its proper state in this world. Right now we are growing up, and I am encouraged by that. There are many forms of rap music but only one culture of hip-hop. It’s time to reclaim and preserve it.
Jolie du Pre: What is your view of Chicago’s hip-hop scene?
Precise: The Chicago representation of hip-hop is AMAZING!!! I am so proud to be a part of the renaissance that’s going on right now. Chicago is the home of Kanye, Common, Twista, Lupe and Precise. I think that’s a pretty great line up . We have a list of talented artists namely Add 2, Chance The Rapper, YP, The Treated Crew, Mic Terror, SB, Tree, T-Y Green, Sir Michael Rocks, Pugs Atomz, P1 and a host of others that I can’t remember now. These artists are making an amazing impact on the industry. What I love about Chicago artists is that you can get a little bit of everything here.
I feel honored to be a part of this movement and I see greatness coming from Chicago at all times.
Thank you so much for taking out your time to find out more about me. I am very grateful.
Precise’s record label – Take Axshun Music, Inc. (R&B, soul and house music)
Follow Precise here:
Underground hip-hop blog – Official Music Video – “The Feeling” – R-Kitech featuring Precise (Album Version) 2
Precise will be performing at:
11th Annual Sound System Block Party
The Silver Room
1442 N. Milwaukee Ave.
Chicago, IL 60622
July 20, 2013
Noon to 10 P.M.
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