This may be your introduction to Fredd C & Cory D, but these two have been in the game and involved with hip-hop for over a decade. The duo recently released their album “Plottin’ on a Dream”, I had a chance to sit down with both of them. We talk about how they met, their creative process and exactly what it’s like being veterans in an underrated Kentucky hip-hop scene.
Dead End Hip Hop: Who are Fredd C & Cory D?
FreDD: I’m 24 years old Lexington KY native emcee chasing a dream one day at a time.
Cory D: I’m a 25 year old dude from Lexington KY. I make beats and together Fredd and I are co-creators of dope hip-hop.
DEHH: If I read correctly you two met up during your childhood, how did that friendship blossom into what we have now?
F: lol marijuana somewhat brought us together along with a few mutual relationships. I was a freshman at the time being one year younger than he is. After highschool (well I would have still been in school considering I was expelled the following school year) we linked up after the aftermath of all that and lil bit in between. I always rapped he knew so and he was cooking beats. next thing you know I rapped my whole rhyme book in a week at his home studio. Together we made a vow to chase our dreams and here are almost ten years later.
C: Well, we met at a popular “smoke spot” sometime during my sophomore year. After that we would see each other around throughout high school. Once we were out of school, i began learning how to record and produce via Fl Studio and we kept in contact during that time. Fredd would come by and rap to whatever we had playing. We both started to take it serious, ultimately, we grew together over the course of the following years to bring us where we are now.
DEHH: How did the two of you get into hip-hop and how that translate into both of you becoming artists?
F: Got a older brother would used to spin records would sneak into his room and look through all his records listening to many hip hop greats from Wu tang to Slick Rick. Growing up it always stayed with me. Discovering artist like Eminem and the Mobb Deep duo only inspired me to take it further and rap. Writing rhymes in grade school. But when it comes to music itself I listen to all types I try not to put myself in one – dimension being artist many influences have molded me.
C: In my house i was introduced to a variety of genres of music. As the youngest of 5, with my oldest sibling being 14 years older than me, my brothers and sisters listened to everything from punk, grunge and classic rock to hip hop, R&B and rap. I was always most fascinated with hip hop and how it was a combination of everything I had ever heard. Growing up with my brothers playing in bands, I felt it was only natural that i took to becoming a creator myself.
DEHH: Now you two have done multiple projects together, what does that process look like?
F: good weed and good vibes I personally have to live to write I’m inspired alot from whats going on around me. But it’s all organic for sure and from the heart and soul . One thing I always try to do is be real with the music.
C: Our methods of creating are evolving every day. At the core, our process is the same as ever; Smoke a couple of blunts, listen to a couple of records, find the right vibe and expand on it.
DEHH: Word let’s jump into the music, how exactly did “Plotting on a Dream” come about?
F: what Cory says sums it all up I don’t know if I could have said it better myself.
C: With a lot of time and effort from Fredd and myself. Plottin’, is basically a representation of how we feel. Not only as artists, but also as a couple of young people lost in the modern day cycle of madness. We’re fighting every day to make it out of our current situation. So until we do, we’re just plottin’ on a dream.
DEHH: My favorite part about this project is that it can’t be boxed in. Neither of you stick to one subgenre of hip-hop. There are underground tones, more mainstream tones, bangers and everything in between. How were you two able to make such a cohesive album yet still have a variety of sounds and lyrics?
F: Much appreciation!! It was a journey for sure. With hiphop being our musical genre I feel instrumentals are key especially in this modern age. We really didn’t necessarily want to make a traditional album that you’re used to hearing. We wanted to showcase what we’re capable of but also not stray to far from what made us who we are as artist today.
C: I appreciate you for saying that. As i had mentioned before, my influences are not one-dimensional. I also can say that i really enjoy every subgenre of hip hop. But, it did take us a lot of planning and thought to really piece it together how we wanted. Thankfully it just came together like it did and people seem to enjoy it.
DEHH: When people are done listening to “Plotting On A Dream” what do you want them to walk away with?
F: A good feeling. I want them to walk feeling like they really enjoyed what they heard but also feel the message and understand maybe what we felt creating it.
C: A new favorite artist.
DEHH: Cory D I gotta ask what influences your production, I definitely went in expecting one type of sound but the diversity and variety you exhibit, was impressive.
C: Thanks! Like all “heads” i find inspiration from from the ones before me. I especially am a fan of Jay Dee, Madlib, DJ Paul, Metro Boomin, etc. I could really go on for days, but that’s producers that get the day to day rotation.
DEHH: Both of you come from Lexington, Kentucky and I think the hip-hop scene there is horrifically underrated, what is it like there and what part do you two play in the Kentucky hip-hop scene?
F: I agree!! underrated under supported overall f*cked up but we’ve made our presence felt throughout the scene for sure. I feel we’re somewhat the young OG’s at this point
inspiring younger artists in the city.
C: I couldn’t agree more! I also feel like it’s terribly under-supported as well. As for the scene itself, I’ve been involved for a few years now and i can say that we offer an energy that few others can match. I feel that a lot of these younger aspiring artists also really look up to us, so its always nice to try and inspire them to do better.
DEHH: What’s next for you two, will we be seeing you on tour?
F: keep grinding , stay focused , stay encouraged , stay hungry and humble. tour would be the dream but we got alot to do before we can achieve that just yet. but overall keep working toward the goal somebodies got to put Lex on why not us?
C: For now, the creative process continues. As for the road, we really hope to be pulling a few things together within the next few months.
You can check out FreDD C & Cory D’s album “Plottin’ On A Dream” HERE!