Born and raised in the Steel City of Pittsburgh Pennsylvania, Trevor Weller aka Real Deal, epitomizes what the town is about; hard working with an understanding that you get in what you put in. He is an emcee who has grinded in the local circuit performing alongside the likes of Immortal Technique, Wiz Khalifa, Mac Miller and countless others. Real Deal is most notably known for a battle career that has spanned over 5 years. Click this link to see Real Deal battle Spee Dolla now! Real Deal has traveled the globe going head to head with the worlds most respected battlers! More often then not he came out victorious. He started out with stage battles and the local circuit where Real earned a name for himself quickly in early 2005! Real Deal is a 4 time winner of one of the most grueling emcee competitions the city has seen “Rhyme Calisthenics.” Clearly Real is a beast in the battle world, but with this new release, he’s proved he’s also a beast with the bars…..
Real Deal just released his debut album, “Fight or Flight Mode,” this entire project from start to finish was bangin! Click this link to see “Fight or Flight Mode” album teaser video now! The “Fight or Flight Mode” song, second after the “Intro,” sets the tone for this project beautifully; Deal proclaims, “This is fight mode vs. flight mode, gotta get in the right mode,” he’s, “A monster, you dealin’ with a certified chief…Murder beats for the big Pitts burnin’ my sheets, Am I arrogant, maybe I’m that damn good!” Maybe, I don’t think so, he is definitely good. More like a, “Diamond in the ruff,” as he points out in, “Long as I’m Doin Me” featuring Sonny Bamboo, number 15. The title of the song encompasses him perfectly and is part of the reason Real Deal has so many fans and is so successful because he just keeps doing him, and everybody loves it. Luckily for his fans, “just doin’ me,” means a sick song, event and/or battle from this star on the rise. Whenever he opens his mouth something profound comes out. Musically Real combines raw lyricism with intricate song concepts and real substance. Even when he is free-styling on the spot he is witty, quick and powerful with his words. His carefully chosen rhymes, his delivery and his intensity are inspiring, he doesn’t disappoint with a single track from this album. Focusing more on his music, he’s proved his projects can be just as compelling and impact his fans just as much as his battles.
He captures the fight of the ‘game’ so eloquently, “See I’m runnin’ with wolves, but I’m ahead of the pack though….If I were you I’d wear a vest to my rap show.” His rhymes are clever, they seem to flow with a unique effortlessness that rivets the listeners. The beats are well chosen, each is distinct, allowing the project to have a different feel/sound on each track. “You know I had to elevate because of you” from track #3, “Right Where I Wanna Be,” he has stepped up his game for sure and everyone is racing to catch up! Click this link to see the music video of, “Right Where I Wanna Be.” This video/song features lines like; “Skinny jean hipsters wanna get rid of me… See ya’ll just makin me look better, I say thanks a ton, rappers so general you can never rank as one!” Real is more then comfortable in his niche, authentic, old school hip hop is all he’s trying to create and the wannabees can keep it moving. The visuals focus on Real at home, chillin with his boys having a great time. The lyrics are the star of this video and I love that they chose to focus on nothing but the bangin beat and Real’s rifts. With no regrets, Real Deal keeps spitting bar after bar, crushes battle after battle and there’s no way he’s stopping anytime soon. Lucky for us, as a fan I can’t wait to see what he releases next!
Let’s discuss arguably one of my favorite tracks, “Ignorance is Bliss” click this link to see the video now! Real Deal captures the essence of the Pittsburgh mentality to a T! As much as he/we love our city, and he REP’S PGH HARD wherever he goes, at the same time… He flows, “I love it here but, I’m so amazed, people pat you on the back, n’ stab you right between the shoulder blades.” Pittsburgh is a big city, but it’s full of small minded people. He is so right, “Bars over bullshit,” should be the new Pittsburgh motto! Real remains focused and is always on his grind leaving the people and the BS behind him. The Pittsburgh music scene is almost indescribable, but he manages to do it perfectly. Real Deal’s hook comes in, “I’m on my way to a better place, a whole new world where they never hate and everyone smiles in my face, cause ignorance is bliss….” He is clearly pointing out how fake people in this city can be, and mostly are, smiling in his face and stabbing him in the back later. Real Deal captures the mindset of his peers and fellow artists, while still showing love for his city that rarely returns it! This track is the most honest portrayal of how ruff Pittsburgh can really be on anyone coming up while always incorporating that special Real Deal kind of swag and intelligence that is what makes him so unique.
Click here to see Real Deal’s video, “Death of an Optimist” featuring the beautiful Vanessa Botti. This is another of my favorite tracks. Vanessa’s voice echo’s deeply as she sings the hook, “We seem to grow to just get by, these dreams n’ goes the way you let die. I walk the road with my head high, I’m not alone though…” Her voice is penetrating, reeling you into the song and feeling that intensity yet again. Real Deal is screaming inside “I’m sick and tired of sick and tired, tryin’ to look for a different reason to get inspired.” In this world, inspiration is few and far between, but to me, people like Real Deal are my inspiration. How does he stay so inspired? “I’m gonna grin and bear it till I break my teeth,” he will find inspiration where he must, luckily for us. Music that moves us is also few and far between, but this song grips you and his struggle can be felt through his lyrics. He poses the question; “Would my fans hate it if I was gettin paid? Would I still be your favorite if my image changed?” Yes, no doubt, because money, fame and getting ‘Paid’ would never change Real Deal! He will always put out honest, moving and hard hitting bars that inspire a generation desperate for it! “See where bein’ humble has gotten me,” he rifts, understanding his frustration, feeling it while listening to this track. Coupled with his frustration is also HOPE, this special intuition is what makes Real Deal and his music so incredibly powerful. Touching and moving people deeply, challenging them to be better is what this album accomplishes.
In conclusion, Real’s positive attitude is refreshing and for those that deserve it, he’s not shy about putting them on blast! Every single track has it’s own distinct appeal and no two tracks sound the same. I love that Real Deal always has a message, he’s not out here rapping about drugs, hoes and guns, he actually has something to say. Something of value to say, which is more important then anything else. He inspires and compels his fans and listeners to think. All his passion and hard work have certainly paid off. ”Fight or Flight Mode” is available on iTunes now and get your copy by clicking this link!! He uses an entire track to thank everyone whose helped and supported him. First and foremost, he thanks his son, “My inspiration, my REASON” and he also thanks Joanna (Myself), RepPittsburghHipHop and a host of other people. I want to thank Real Deal! Thank you for this project and for always keeping it REAL. Staying true to himself and his fans is what makes Real Deal so appealing, that and the crazy bars he drops. Please, keep them coming Real! ”Quittin’ is for suckers, I ain’t goin’ out like that..” Real isn’t going anywhere but up from here. It’s long overdue, it’s time to join the movement and support this incredibly talented young man! “I am right where I wanna be, the only question is whether you’ll be ridin’ with me,” I will ride with Real Deal to the end, good luck my friend!
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