spree wilson

spree wilson

BandHip Hop

If The Beatles and Bob Dylan had a secret meeting with the Pharcyde, The Dungeon Family and Buddy Guy to create a a musical wonderkid who could carry on the tradition of each, they would name him Spree Wilson.


If Atlanta's left-of-center hip-hop scene was a high school popularity contest, Spree Wilson would be a shoo-in for least likely to succeed.
For one thing, he just doesn't look the part. Dressed in a black Mr. Rogers sweater buttoned over a plaid collared shirt, with his great-grandfather's fedora hanging off the back of his head in a decidedly un-hip-hop fashion, the Nashville native rears his head back and belts out a few lines from the Beatles' classic, "Eleanor Rigby."Ahh, look at all the lone-ly people.
A big part of Wilson's appeal is his vocal delivery. Reminiscent of the Pharcyde, it sounds as carefree and breezy as the alternative rap group did in the early '90s. But Wilson actually points to former rapper Queen Latifah's personable vocal inflections as the inspiration behind his flow. "That's why when I rap, I move around," he says. "It's just the energy that it gives." As a youngster, Wilson was often labeled a "sellout" for listening to acts such as the Beach Boys, R.E.M. and Nirvana. But maybe he was destined to go against the grain, considering his godfather Billy Cox was the bassist for Jimi Hendrix' Band of Gypsys.
A self-proclaimed misfit who had his life changed by the De La Soul album 3 Feet High and Rising, literate and witty rapper Spree Wilson blends many other genres with hip-hop thanks to his diverse background. His father was a doo wop singer in Memphis and he grew up listening to the giants of blues and jazz along with his beloved De La Soul. The quirky group was an alternative to the bleak world of gangsta rap that left Spree cold, but he later found another alternative, rock music.
Though he's more likely to lift a sample from Bob Dylan than George Clinton, he believes his blues-inflected, folk-infused rap will one day make him "the biggest artist in the world. And if that makes him more of an outsider, he couldn't care less.
"I always cared about what other people thought," he says. "Then in the last couple of months, I just came to a point where I don't give a fuck. And you know what I realized? It makes my music better. When you're fearless, it makes your music better."


Alright (21 Soundtrack)
Weird Science EP - 2006
I Am

Set List

Set List
Bring Me Down
Blind Willie McTell (Bob Dylan Cover)
Lord Knows
Where Do We Go

Other Cover Performed
Hey Bulldog (The Beatles)
Jimi Hendrix (Izabella)