@TheRReport1 Exclusive Interview with @DollaRu1017

By on February 5, 2017
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Dolla Ru hails from the gritty streets of Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn. Ru was born & raised in Tompkins Projects, which is where his life’s journey began to form. Ru’s household was always filled with music since the age of 8, and his many influences ranged from The Outlawz, Wu-Tang Clan, Biggie Smalls, to Jay-Z just to name a few. Although he thoroughly enjoyed hip-hop, and toyed with writing rhymes, he never thought he was going to become a rapper. It was when his older brother Tommy G now known as Broadway was incarcerated and him going down the same path that Ru decided he wanted something different for himself, but he was still involved in the street life and was finding it difficult to pull free.

Ironically, 5 years later Ru faced a near death experience when he was stabbed in the heart and almost gunned down on the streets. It was then that he thought he’d simply seen enough trials and tribulations and decided to do music full time. Life took a twist when he reunited with his old friends from high school. A friend of Ru who was into also into the streets & gang-related said that he used to be with Waka Flocka & Frenchie of 1017 Bricksquad. He told Ru that he would see to it that his talent doesn’t go to waste. He linked Ru with OG Mack Drama of 1017 Bricksquad, Godfather of the Elm Street Pirus on the East Coast.

Ru started working with Mack Drama in 2011 and his career has taken off ever since. Early in his career Ru remixed Colombia BT’s “Down Ass B!tch” featuring Future which catapulted his career to a whole new level with over 25 thousand hits worldwide and counting. Ru’s career began to grow more after dropping his first mixtape Dolla Penicillin Volume 1. Two years later, he was stamped by Waka Flocka & ready to get back on the music scene he decided to drop self-titled debut single called ‘It’s Dolla Ru”. Reason being “because nobody has done so recently in music & it’s also a great way to reintroduce myself in the music world” in his words. He released it on every major digital retailer on 10/17, (coined in the music world by Gucci Mane as National Bricksquad Day. I recently had a chance to chop it up with Dolla Ru, to check what he got going on, and what his plans are for 2017.

1) What have Dolla Ru been up to lately?

Lately I’ve been rebranding and building my label Forever Music, founded by my older brother Tommy G aka Broadway and putting out more new music. 

2) At what age did you decided that you wanted to do music?

At the age of 15 I decided to do music. 

3) Where did you get your name Dolla Ru from?

My name Dolla Ru comes from my affiliation to the Piru Bloods. Dolla always been my name the Ru part was added when I turned Piru.

4) I first linked up with you back in 2013 through the 1017 Mafia Gang family. But I see now that you have started your own label Forever Music, and you B.S.M. So what happened between you, and 1017 Mafia Gang?

Yes, correct originally I was under the brand 1017 Mafia Gang, which I’ve come to find out was not a real label under Bricksquad. Waka Flocka stamped me BSM & thus began my seperation rebranding.

5) How is your relationship with Waka Flocka, and the Brick Squad Monopoly?

My relationship with Waka Flocka and Bricksquad Monopoly is Piru related. 

6) Do you think that you could possible work with the Mafia Gang in the future?

No, I will not.

7) Being a real piru, how do you feel about the whole Soulja Boy, and Chris Brown situation, with Soulja walking in the Fruit Town hood. As an artist please give me your thoughts on that?

I feel that the Pirus who are allowing the nonsense should be held accountable because they’re making what we stand for look bad. 

8) What are some new material that Dolla Ru is currently working on?

I have a new called “Show Me Love” feat Major Leage Baseball player Komo, who also produced the beat out now which is off of my “Raised In The 90s EP”. I also have another single in the works called “Got My Check” produced by NickEBeats 1738 which I think will be the biggest record of the year! 

9) What can we expect from Dolla Ru in 2017?

In 2017, you can expect to see Dolla Ru everywhere! More music and projects including videos. 

10) Are there any last comments that you want to make?

I keep on telling them it’s Bricksquad, fuck them other niggas! #BSM