NYC Skater Lil Dre Emerges as a Key Player in Fashion and Music

For the latest installment of HYPEBEAST Diaries, we followed Lil Dre around New York City for an all-encompassing look at her daily multi-dash of skating, fashion and music.

“I got into the game in a different way,” Dre said of his introduction to the world of skateboarding. “You don’t go pro instantly, you really have to work for that shit.” When I started it was the only thing I did: nothing else, just skating. But this has opened many other doors for me ”.

Dre received his first board as a gift from his father at the age of nine and fell in love with the lifestyle soon after. As he grew older and his skills became more advanced, Dre pioneered the concept of skate editing videos now popular on social media, which typically feature hip-hop music and slow-motion footage of skating tricks.

As he gained ground on his social accounts, several brands, including Vlone and Heron Preston, began contacting him for a collaboration and he now operates comfortably in the fashion world. But after entering the style domain, Dre eventually met a slew of creatives who inspired him to simultaneously pursue a career in an entirely different creative industry: music.

“I hate being in a box just because I skateboard,” he said. “Whenever I do something that is important to me, I’m like ‘it’s okay, I’ve already done it. I’m trying to do something else. ‘ For me, skating and doing this other cool stuff, I’ve met so many other people who make music and it’s like, why am I not doing this?

Ever since he immersed himself in music, Dre says he’s learning everything on his own and recording everything on his own. And as he takes his time to refine his process, he’s certain of one thing: “I’m starting to really love him.”

“I always tell all my houses that I’m really manifesting shit,” he added. “I swear, I’m having dreams and things like that, and it literally happens. I feel like I know I would. ”

Watch the latest episode of HYPEBEAST Diaries above.

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