Updated: Sep 2, 2020
San Antonio's Rafael "Wreckin Ralph" Torres has been working, and we know because he has been sending us the music! Wreckin is one of our favorite 210 personalities, his creativity off the charts. Like his move to do songs with multiple Texas legends, and he is presently having an ATX Dj legend lend his hands to one of those songs as well!
One of our favorite songs right now from Wreckin Ralph is "Scars", which is a single off of #Wreckin's deluxe version of "Wreckoncile" that dropped 4.20.2020. He also has a new website in the works that (no surprise) supports the music scene; LivingDreamsToday.com.
Even with all this going on, Wreckin had time to sit down with me and share a personal look into his life and his music.
Thank you so much #Wreckin!
What do you want people to hear in your music?
I want people to hear my growth not only as an artist, but also as a person. Every idea, song, and album, is always getting better. I feel like that comes through the speakers well, and you can hear it when listening through my discography.
I have my new album Wreckollect coming this year. I haven’t announced a release date yet, but it’s coming before the end of the year for sure. I already released a single titled Bars or Bullets off of it, it’s actually the intro to the album. Another single I’ve released from the album is Living Legends, with Juan Gotti and Lucky Luciano. Two former Dope House artists, and Texas legends. I plan on releasing one more single, leading up to my release date announcement. That single features Mark Gaboda, Liveola Goodfellas, and King Kyle Lee Music.
Do you play any musical instruments...if so what and when did you start.
I played violin for a year or so when I was like 8 years old. I stopped and dabbled with the bass guitar for like four years from ages 12-16 more or less. Age 24, in 2016, I purchased a Maschine Mikro beat pad. I messed with that, got better with it, and still use it to this day. Never really got back into ‘real instruments’ until 2018. Two years ago I pursued further education, aiming for a Bachelors Degree in Music Production. That led me to a midi based piano I play almost daily now.
Who in the business world (outside of music) do you admire?
Mr. Cameron Davies. He’s CEO of Cruising Kitchens, PrintIt, and Built for Business. They opened Davies MedClinic recently. He’s got artists and boxers under Davies Entertainment where Question is Head of Creative Development. They’ve got state of the art facilities they operate out of. I’m a huge fan of Daniel Boskind and that’s kind of how I came across Mr. Davies. Did a little research and became an immediate fan and definitely would love to pick his brain a bit.
What are some of your hobbies?
I enjoy family time these days. I just turned 28, my daughter turned 2 this past April. I’m really just enjoying our time together. Aside from family, school, producing beats, recording, mixing, mastering, shooting and editing music videos, and managing my artists under my record label, Living Dreams Today Entertainment, takes up majority of my time. As well as my own endeavors.
When I want to unwind I find myself playing Call of Duty, 2K, or reading iBooks. Right now I’m in the middle of reading a book Liveola recommended to me.
Is there something unusual or interesting that you do? (like your business)
I like jewelry, not just wearing it but making it. Cleaning and polishing it. Seeing jewelry go from start to finish is something I love, and a passion I’m glad to share with my fiancé. She owns her own jewelry company, and does all my jewelry. She does everything from regular retail styled ready to go jewelry, to engagement, even full on custom pieces that you can wear daily or display as an artisanal piece. Most recently I casted, cleaned and polished some small LDT pendants I plan to give away to fans, along with some other merch.
How do you feel about the current trend and direction of hip hop?
I know a lot of people don’t like the current or contemporary sound. Or the over saturated nature of the genre.
I love it. I feel like Hip-Hop is becoming “Pop”. Pop music, like “Pop Culture” is what is popular at the time. Hip-hop is at the forefront of music right now, and has been for a little while. In my opinion, it’s going to be there a while. With this bigger platform comes more opportunities, and potential income. That’s not to understate the harm the mumble rap and constant barrage of mediocre releases do to the genre. It’s obviously not benefiting the OG hip-hop sound. Which is why I think more sub genre’s like trap could be beneficial. If hip-hop sub genres were recognized the way rock and country sub genres are, it could be a different ball game.
If we all support the real music, that’s what matters in the end. There’s enough money out here for everyone. Even indies can pay their bills off music without a major deal or “blowing up”; if they really tried and banded together. It’s just a lot of people are too busy pocket watching and/or hating on the next persons moves.
What kind of music did your parents grow up on and was music an everyday thing at your house?
I lived with my grandma most of my life, and majority of the music I heard wasn’t from or through her. She listened to a lot of tejano and oldies; but we’d only hear it on weekends when she had us all cleaning. I grew along side my uncles, them being older than I in the 90’s I heard a lot of the popular Hip-hop / Rap music through them. The first artists that come to mind, because they were my personal favorites as a kid, are DMX, Tupac, and Eminem. Later I got put on to artists like Wu-Tang, Nas, and Big L. My Uncle Stevie was actually well known in the B-Boy breakdance community, and took me to a few practices; which really played a huge role on my love for the Hip-hop scene as a whole. I got to see one of the rawest forms of Hip-hop in a time when it was something coveted and loved.
What is your favorite life lesson?
You’ll never know everything, so you’re never done learning. A lot of people get comfortable where they are. Not just financially, but mentally as well. Don’t forget to constantly elevate your mind. In addition, the law of attraction is real. So if you’re negative, negativity will follow you.
As a producer, what are a few of your favorite albums that you listen to just for pleasure?
I have a personal “Favorites” playlist I’ve been continually adding to since 2015. When I want to listen to music for sheer enjoyment or pleasure. I find myself coming back to albums like John Mayer’s Continuum, Adele’s 21, Jhene Aiko’s Sail Out. I really loved Mike Posner’s At Night, Alone. James Bay’s Chaos and the Calm. TWENTY88 by TWENTY88. I absolutely love going back to ScHoolBoy Q’s Oxymoron, Ab-Soul’s Control System, and Kendrick’s Good Kid M.A.A.D. City. I could go on for days.
What music, sound or space motivates you to write?
My most creative times are late night and the early mornings. Late nights are best for my creativity. 4am is a time that I find myself having the best flow of ideas. 4:44 is a time that I see a lot actually. My girl laughs because when I’m writing and working on a new album, I try my hardest not to listen to mainstream or major artists music. Or anyone’s really for that matter, even if I’ve been waiting for it to drop. Sometimes it’s not even really a time but the sounds in the beat will drive my creative flow. Or if I’m just having a hell of a day, and I’m feeling good. I’ve learned to just take my momentum and run with it, even if it means dropping what I’m currently doing.
Go give this guy a follow fam!
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