8 September 2022

Tre’ Amani is the Maryland artist slowly rising the ranks

Emmanuel Onapa speaks to Tre' Amani about signing to Brent Faiyaz's Lost Kids Collective Record Label and his plans for longevity.

Upon meeting virtually over zoom, Tre’ Amani presents an indecipherable yet positive demeanour, a behaviour many creatives display when pondering on their next move. What is so inimitable about the Columbia, Maryland-born and raised artist, Tre’ Amani, is his sharp ear for fresh new beats and the MC attitude you can see across his music. 

Over the last few years, Tre’ Amani has represented his hometown with honour. Following his much-admired debut album Murilyn in 2021, Tre’ introduced a new body of work to the world – with the release of his new EP, $hook, which epitomises his lyricism, versatile flow, and efficient selection of beats, screening his aptitude to flow painlessly on a variety of sounds, going bar for bar up and down his EP. 

 Emerging off the release of his EP, Tre’ Amani featured on the track “Addictions” from his long-time friend Brent Faiyaz’s Wasteland album released in July, totalling over 2.5 million streams on Spotify and counting.  

Reminiscing on his younger years, Tre’ Amani lived in a small town where he had the privilege of growing up in a tight-net community. “Growing up in a small town. You know where many people know each other,” he says. “It is very family oriented; you know what I mean? Like everybody knows each other, went to the same schools, know the same people.” 

When interrogated on the success of his hit ‘Addictions’, Tre’ Amani explains that the song resonated with him on an intimate level. “We were making hella music. I was writing. Then I finally got to that song, and it just clicked, man, like from the content,” he says. “From what Brent was saying, I could relate to it. It just felt natural to me. Just talking about real-life stuff, real-life problems, and trauma, talking about addiction to weed and problems with girls. It was a very self-aware track; you know what I mean? It ain’t toxic – it’s just being transparent and real.”

His brotherhood with platinum-selling, Grammy-nominated R&B artist Brent Faiyaz has evolved over time like fine wine. Growing up in the same local environment with Brent at a nurturing age, they slowly started to build a brotherly pack based on mutual reverence, veneration, and love for one thing: music. “I met him when he was in fifth grade, and I was in sixth,” Tre’ Amani reflects. “We were just similar. Like we both were the youngest, my youngest child. So, I feel like we had that in common, but just like growing up in the same area, he made music, I made music, so we just clicked on that for real.”

Fast forward to today, Tre’ Amani is now a novel talent arising as part of the development of Brent Faiyaz’s record label, Lost Kids collective. Even though it is a profit-seeking record label aiming to make waves across the music industry, Tre strongly advocates that the dynamic within the record label is much more than that, with a robust and tender spirit of solidarity and community at its core. “It’s like a mob-type family,” he states. “It’s a lifestyle; you know what I’m saying?” So being signed to him. It’s like being signed to myself. It’s so pure. I trust his judgement on a lot of stuff and vice versa. It’s a big mutual respect. I know he has my best interest at heart.”

  There is no doubt that Tre’ Amani is a multi-faceted, creative figurehead, revealing layers of his dynamic sound as he continues to grow as an artist. But he still believes that he has a long way to go. “As far as the industry goes, I’m still an up-and-coming artist because a lot of people haven’t heard my shit, and they need to,” he admits. “I’m trying to kick some doors.”

 Now, he is focused on craving and solidifying his name in the scene. “Five months from now. I see myself in the studio working and keep making hella fire music,” he professes. “Just keep being the greater version of myself.” But his long-term goals are greatness and abundance. “I see myself doing whatever I want to in the world,” he says. “I want to be coagulated as that guy! I’m trying to re-recognise as one of the greatest rappers.” 

 Tre’ Amani’s catalogue and vision stamp him as one of the most exciting emerging collectives in the rap game. With plenty of appearances booked throughout the rest of the year, this era is predicted to nurture Tre’ Amani to new foreseeable heights – he’s not going anywhere any time soon.

  • Writer Emmanuel Onapa

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