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Edreys aka Billy Drease Williams
Birth name Edreys Wajed
Origin United States Buffalo, New York, United States
Genres Hip hop
Occupations Emcee, Producer
Years active 1995–present
Labels DTR45
Website Official Website
Official Blog Page

Edreys aka Billy Drease Williams (born Edreys Wajed) is an American hip hop artist, as well as an accomplished visual artist. Edreys (pronounced E-Dreece) translates from Arabic into the "One who masters the pen".

Unlike his peers, Edreys's talents and reputation aren’t paraded or distorted by grossly exaggerated street credibility, drug tales or prison time. Edreys is the antithesis regarding the manner in which he has climbed the ranks and secured himself a place in the industry. Raised on the dilapidated East Side of Buffalo, NY, he faced the same challenges as other children from single-parent homes living amidst drugs, pregnancy, drop-outs, murder and crime. Edreys made the tough decision of staying the straight course. Accepted into the "gifted and talented" program at City Honors School in 5th grade, Edreys’ abilities were recognized and awarded very early on. After keeping his promise to his mother that he would first graduate from college before seriously pursuing his music career, the legacy known as Billy Drease Williams began to take form. From his achievements with former group Raw Intel, Best Buffalo Hip Hop Group and Best Hip Hop Producer awards in 1999 and 2001, 4 featured tracks on ESPN NFL 2K5 Football, to Myspace artist of the week spotlight, Yahoo Launch Music features and Billboard magazine artist highlight in March 2008. Edreys has proven his market viability all without a major record deal or extended marketing dollars.

Career highlights

  • 2009: Selected Showcase Performer for NXNE Festival in Toronto
  • 2009: Awarded ‘Artvoice’ Best in Buffalo Hip Hop Artist for 2009
  • 2009: Released "Good Evening Billy” featuring the hit songs, "I like It" and "Get Free"
  • 2009: Featured Performer for Hard Rock Cafe’s ‘March on Stage’ Event
  • 2009: Named one of URB Magazine‘s Next 1000 Artists
  • 2008: Produced “The Art of Hip Hop 3” event
  • 2008: First Hip Hop Artist selected for WBFO Live Concert Series
  • 2008: Debut Video "I Like It" 180,000+ views in first day on Youtube
  • 2008: Performer on 2008 Warped Tour Skull Candy Stage
  • 2008: 'Now Hear This' feature in Billboard Magazine
  • 2008: Featured Artist of the Week on Myspace Music
  • 2008: "I Like It" / "DUI" peaks at #4 on College/Internet Radio Charts
  • 2008: First Hip Hop Artist to perform for WBFO Live Concert Series
  • 2007: Coordinated and performed in highly acclaimed "The Art of Hip Hop 2" at world renowned Albright Knox Art Gallery
  • 2007: Lions Gate Movie: "Farce of the Penguins", Produced track for artist Flame
  • 2007: First Place Winner - HOK Production Slam Poetry Contest
  • 2006: HBO 'Unscripted' Reality Show, Produced track for artist Flame
  • 2006: Lifetime Television Movie: "Officer Down", Co-Produced and wrote song for outtake: "Gang Wars"
  • 2006: Produced lead single "Clap On It" for artist, Lady Rezult
  • 2005: 4 tracks placed on ESPN debut video game ESPN Football 2K5 (800k sold) as a part of group Raw Intel
  • 2004: Coordinated and performed in FIRST ever Hip-Hop event at the world renowned Albright-Knox Art Gallery "The Art of Hip Hop"
  • 2004: Starred in Documentary by Ivan Rodriguez. "The Art of Hip Hop: A Short"
  • 2002: 12" single with B side deal with Velour Records-NY/Red Ink Distribution
  • 2002: Reebok Nationwide Radio Promotion for RBK product branding
  • 2001: Buffalo Music Awards winner for "Best Hip Hop Producer"
  • 2001: Full Album recorded with drummer from Soulive (Alan Evans) as group MEKA 54
  • 1999: Buffalo Music Awards winner for "Best Hip Hop Artist"
  • 1997: Recorded album as group (Raw Intelligence)
  • 1996: Recorded 3 albums with live band currently named Soulive (Stax Records)
  • 1995–1996: Recorded and co-produced album with NYC producer Cochise

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