Exclusive: Busta Rhymes' Protégé Defends Changing Rap Alias: "Where Rap Was Going, I Was Getting A Little Bored"

Monday, Nov 4, 2013 4:00PM

Written by Cyrus Langhorne

With so many hip-hop artists altering their rap aliases these days like Jeezy and Game, SOHH reached out to Busta Rhymes protégé Reek about dropping "Da Villian" off his hip-hop tag.

According to Reek, he feels killing off the "Villian" will ultimately help him be taken more seriously.

"I just feel like in corporate America, those different classes, 'Da Villian,' sounds young and it sounds kiddy to me. I've had the name since the eighth grade," Reek told SOHH. "It's really just the name I adopted from my town. Everybody in my town just calls themselves 'Villians' because I come from a town in Long Island where all of the neighboring towns don't really get along. But it's also because I'm getting older, I'm maturing, I'm into different stages of life with more classier people and situations. I just feel like 'Da Villian' can put some of that off. I'm always going to be the same 'Villian' or whatever, but I feel like it doesn't have to be in the fine print." (SOHH)

Reek also explained why he was absent most of late last year up through recently.

"I've actually had the idea [of changing my rap alias] since 2010 and 2011. I did a How To Be A Player mixtape and the name of that mixtape is Reek DeVille," Reek added. "That's another name. I used to always call myself 'Reek DaVille,' but I honestly have been fighting with this idea for the past two to three years. I just feel having taken the break, the last major record I was on was Busta's Year of the Dragon album. Since then, I've done a few features with other artists but I haven't put nothing out in a while. I just took time off to see where the game was going and it just came back to the right lane. I feel like it's back to rapping. I have a newfound love for it again. Where rap was going, I was getting a little bored. I just feel like everything is timing. This is a new start and I wanted to get back to what I do best." (SOHH)

Grand Hustle's Young Dro recently hit up SOHH and discussed Jeezy dropping "Young" off his alias.

"I was at the label when he did that," Dro revealed to SOHH when asked for a reaction to Jeezy dropping "Young" from his rap name. "That was crazy but Jeezy's one of the OG's in the game so whatever he does with his name, I salute that. I promote that. Jay Z had even dropped his whole name when he came out with Young [Hov]. You never know when artists want to do different things with themselves but all we're looking for is the support from the fans." (SOHH)

In September, Jeezy explained his decision to get rid of "Young" came from wanting to show growth.

"Oh, no, no, no, it's Jeezy now," Jeezy said when referenced as 'Young Jeezy' during an interview. "I'm grown now. I did enough of that. It sounds good because when I came into the game, that's what I was and that was my state of mind. But I'm a grown man now. Jeezy. It's all good. We got a little older now." (RapFix)

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