Interview: Dre Day Talks Instagram Popularity, His Love for ’90s R&B, And Why DreDay 10 Will Be His Last Page

Image courtesy of Dre Day's Instagram

Image courtesy of Dre Day’s Instagram

Fame can be bestowed on the luckiest of people these days. Those who are fortunate to garner nationwide attention are some of the chosen few.  Social media platforms such as Instagram, Twitter and Snap Chat have opened doors for some people who really didn’t envision becoming famous at all. Like those before him, Andre Granberry has caught lightning in a bottle through his outrageous Instagram page, DreDay.

The 30-something year old and Detroit native  has had a crazy run since he started his IG page back in 2011. Currently on his 7th page (he already have pages 8, 9, and, 10 on deck) due to being flagged repeatedly, resulting in his pages being removed because of its crass content. Dre doesn’t seem to let the negativity spoil his #mood.

Unlike his peers, Dre has managed to gain a number of followers without the use of even saying a single word. There are no skits of his own that capture the attention of the general public. Dre takes an unconventional approach when utilizing his page. You can find a number of World Star-ready brawls, bizarre photos, and a lot of pop culture references from the ’90s and so forth.

Dre took time out of his day to talk to Supreme CX about his favorite post ever, why he doesn’t do skits, and being the abomination of Obama’s nation at one point.

How did the DreDay page start? Did you think posting these videos would get you so much attention? 

I made my first Instagram page New Year’s Eve [of] 2011. It was actually called Andre the Giant. I eventually changed it to DreDay months down the line

Your Instagram success is different from others because you don’t do any skits of your own.  You  basically post videos of other people and their crazy antics. But your page is just as entertaining as any. Why do you think people flock to your page? 

I think they flock to me because my page is raw, and I don’t hold a thing back when I post. I love Instagram–don’t get me wrong, but I really don’t care when I get flagged ’cause at the end of the day, it’s only an app

Have you ever thought about doing any skits of your own? 

Nah, no skits for me. I’m not good at acting at all. [Laughs.]

You’re on your 7th page and counting, which means you’ve caught some flak for some of the things you post. Do you think people are just petty and don’t have a sense of humor whenever they flag your page? 

I really think people are being petty. People don’t have to follow or even come on my page for that matter. It’s become such a common thing for me to get flagged [that] people just wanna add to it.

“My page is raw, and I don’t hold a thing back when I post.”

Is that why you’re so quick to block people? You’ve mastered the art of blocking. [Laughs.]
Yeah, I be thinking they’re about to report my ass! [Laughs.]

That post on Obama’s daughter got you national attention. You were featured on Complex. It caused a bit of an uproar. What were your thoughts during the time when all that negative attention was pointed in your direction? 

I’m not gonna lie that shit had me nervous. [Laughs.] I actually got the pic off of somebody else’s page, and they didn’t bother him. NFL player Darnell Dockett follows me and he got ahold of it and reposted it [then he] tagged my name! Hella followers started to come–also hella backlash, but eventually it died down. Thank God.

How many pages do you think you’ll have before you call it quits and just retire the whole DreDay thing entirely? 

DreDay 10 will be the last page.

What do you do on your spare time when you’re not posting videos and pics? I see you have a thing for the WWE. 

I work so much, but when I’m off, I watch a lot of old WWF/ WWE.  I just recently bought a Xbox One and I play that with my 8 year old son.

“It’s become such a common thing for me to get flagged [that] people just wanna add to it.”

What’s your favorite video you ever posted? 

I really don’t have a favorite, the Kermit the Frog singing Ginuwine’s “I’m in Love” is one of my favorites that I made, because it matched up so well. [Laughs.]

You’ve posted a lot of R&B videos from the ’90s on your page. What’s your top 5 favorite R&B songs from the ’90s? 

Top 5 off the top of my head? Johnny Gill “My My My”, Boyz II Men “Uhh Ahh”, R. Kelly “Sex Me”, Blackstreet “Don’t Leave Me”, and H-Town “Part time Lover”.

Ha! I was listening to H-Town the other day. Would you go as far as saying that “Part time Lover” is better than “Knockin’ Da Boots?” 
Nah. [Laughs.] “Knockin’ Da Boots” is a classic. I just like “Part time [Lover]” better.

“Part time Lover” is like the ultimate side dude anthem. [Laughs.]
Hell yeah. [Laughs.] That’s why I like it so much.
 

“DreDay 10 will be the last page.”

Lastly, what’s your mood right now? 

Mood right now? Thankful.

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Curt Williams is the creator of Supreme CX Magazine. He is a former Senior Music Editor for SooDetroit Magazine. Has worked with the Michigan Chronicle. He hails from Detroit, MI.

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