Check out SMASH97.7 Featured artist Dre Banks

Dre Banks has been a staple in the midwest rap scene, hailing from Grand Rapids Michigan - (home of boxer Floyd Mayweather, the Debarge family, others) since 2012 with his 1st release, “Kill Yoself Volume 1”. The project featured Jay-Z protégé Amil, Nature, of the New York super group, The Firm and Roc-a-fella Records/State Property veteran Omillo Sparks (of Oschino and Sparks). In support of the release, Banks performed several show dates along a mid-atlantic and northeast tour with various artists at each venue. The Dre Banks story starts like many other young men in the inner city. He was pulled into the allure of the streets and then unfortunately found himself caught up in the system. After being caught in this revolving door he knew it was time for a change. “I knew I had to break it and make the change myself. I knew I had to start from scratch and get back to just the music,” he says. With a clean slate and a new focus, Dre Banks hit the studio to prep his freshman release entitled “Check” which hit streets in October of 2015, again featuring Amil as well as another New York hip-hop legend, AZ and was co-executive produced by Dre’s childhood friend of many years, Baby Paul aka BpZy (formerly of “Da Beatminerz”) - producer for artists like: Nas, AZ, Fat Joe, Remy Ma, Dj Clue, Consequence, others. In 2018, Dre followed up with a street album released on the internet for promotional purposes entitled, “Coke Iz It” hosted by legendary Queens NY mixtape staple, Dj Mr. FX. Striving to stay consistent with his music, Dre Banks is already putting the finishing touches on his next project “Checkmate” for release in the 2nd quarter 2022, the new album will include the HIT single, “Boyfriend, Girlfriend” ft. Trina of “Love and Hip Hop” fame which was released in 2020 and streamed over 1.5 million plays on Spotify along with the catchy street anthem “Off the Chain” which is currently streaming at over 2.5 million plays on Spotify, and the song “Back in My Life” in which he has enlisted Grammy-winning songwriter Ne-Yo. Stay tuned for the next best thing coming out of the state of Michigan since Dej Loaf, Big Sean, Royce 5’9, and Eminem because Dre Banks is the future of the midwest.

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