Tre Nesbit: Rap-Poet

Music is poetry, no doubt about it. Meeting an artist like Tre was such an inspirational experience. Rapping at open mics and other events, Tre Nesbit has a the unique capability to capture an audience with his music. I’m telling you, he’s gonna get big.

I met Tre at an open mic, the lyrics in his verses are what drew me towards him. Talking about personal topics, love, social issues, and so on, Tre was a perfect canidate to interview for the Define Love Project.


Hi Tre! How are you?

What is your artistic medium?

Predominantly music, but really within that it’s the lyric. In my medium it especially is the lyric. It’s poetry, story-telling, and couple that with rap verses, of course, beats, music, melody, choruses. I used to be a scrap artist. I used to make cards, scrapbook, and little paper peices of layered papers and images. That kind of bled over into when I started doing music, theres an element of putting a lot of different elements together. This little thing here, this little sound there, and kind of mixing that all up. 


So what made you start turning your writing into music? 

Well, it was right here at The Night Owl. The first time I did it was in high school. I’ve always been a poet, I’ve been a poet since, like, 3rd grade doing kid shit, my whole life. In high school I started writing rhymes, and I was too nervous about what people would think. So I put it on the back burner and forgot about it. What really made me start to focus on it was when I was passing by Night Owl, leaving downtown Fullerton, and I saw my friend Doris, she was in line. I was like, “Aye! Yo! What are you in line for?” And she was like, “Oh, I’m signing up for the open mic!” And I was like, oh hell yeah! I’m signing up! At that point, every now and then, I would just do spoken word. Just read a poem. So, that night I did a poem, and Arthur, who was the host at the time, let me do it but he told me, ” Hey Tuesday nights is only music, so if you come back you have to have a song.” So, the next week I had a song. Every week after that I tried to have a new song, or a new verse. That’s when it really catapulted. Just over a year ago, really honing in on it and deciding this is what I’m gonna do… This is what I HAVE to do to feel good, to heal and feel great. 


What’s your inspiration? What motivates your art? 

It can come from a number of places, a lot of times it’s when I feel like I have to. The expressions in there, a lot of the time I feel like a song is in my brain. It’s just like tapping, and it goes “I need to be written!” They have their own personalities! They’re in there and they’re like WRITE ME! IT’S TIME. I get inspired by the smallest things. It could be the smallest things. I love talking to new people. I love just making great coversations, because certain verbage and topics, certain objectcs or nouns, just phrases, will just work their way into the raps. I never would have expected or anticipated, I didn’t pinpoint that from the conversation. I didn’t say “Oh, I’m gonna put that in a rap!” I just start rapping and then that word I just happend to learn in a coversation from the day before finds its way in. Definitely inspired by love. I write a lot about love, sex, and relationships. Although, lately I’ve been turning away from that and going inward and writing about inner demons and the overcoming of the self. Looking at yourself in the mirror, and just dealing with yourself. It really could be the biggest thing or the smallest thing, but mostly, like, the need to. The main motivation is the inner peace that comes after I finish a song, and the healing that comes from it. I think I had to find that as the movtivater. The main motivation. Before it was attached with ego, with chasing some dream of being an artist, or the ego of performing and the applause! It’s fine to like all those things, but now it really comes down for healing, healing for others, and just sharing. 


When it comes to loving yourself, how do you practice that?

Forgiveness. I practice loving myself in a number of ways. I would say the first is forgiveness. Having the strength to not beat yourself up over bad decisions and mistakes. Like, kind of looking at yourself in the mirror and being like, “Hey, you fucked up, its okay. All you can choose to do from here on out is to choose be better, and choose to live in a different way or make better decisions. So, definitely forgiving myself. Self love, making time for myself. Really owning alone time, and honoring alone time. That means, cutting off social media, putting my phone on airplane mode and really letting myself get into my thoughts. Going somewhere alone, going to the movies alone, going to the park alone, and just really getting in touch with whats going on. And celebrating! Like, I celebrate myself! I feel like theres nothing wrong with celebrating youself! I look at my accomplishments, and theres a level of staying humble. You look at what you’ve done, and you’re like “Hey! That was a great song!” or “that was a great peice of work!” Be empowered. A couple months ago I thought, I’m gonna start celebrating myself with jewelry! I hadn’t worn jewelry, I hadn’t worn anything. It was time to adorn myself. So I showed myself self love by, they were pretty cheap, getting myself a few rings, popped in some earrings! And, I don’t know, theres was something about rings, like it ws time to decorate myself again. So therewas self love in decorating myself and adorning myself. Telling myself I’m worthy of these nice little jewelry peices. And then, of course, by loving others. When you love someone else. I’ve learned the most this past year in my friendships and my relationships that I have in my life, definitely, there is an element of loving yourself from loving others. You give and give and give, then someones gonna give something back to you that you didn’t know you needed. That just heals a part of you, and you just learn something, but, yeah, self love by loving others. Showing true love to others, and also demanding respect for yourself is a way of showing self love. Kind of putting boudaries of what you will accept as a person, thats a form of self love. I could go on and on!

Where do you find love outside of yourself?

Definitely in my friends. I find it in strangers! Just being outwardly kind, and recieving kindness back. That’s love! That’s fullfilling. I find it in nature. I think people underestimate the love you can find in nature. Love the earth and the earth will love you. In any one and any thing. Love can pop up anywhere, you have to actively be putting love in your environment and then it will find you! I think I’ve learned that. I think it comes to me all the time! In unexpected ways, from people I don’t even know or didn’t expect. I think it depends on how you define love, when you’re open to more forms of it there are subtle ways people show it. You really appreciate those subtle moments. 

How do you define love?

I have this thing where I kind of like to reverse sentences or questions, and find the truth in that. At the risk of sounding so pretentious, I would say that I let love define me. I let it find me, and I really let it define ME in how I choose to give and show love, who I give love to, and the type of love I accept. With love I like to couple the word respect. Love and respect. Even the way people love you might not be in a respectful way. So I would say I am defined by the love I give and the love I recieve, and the love I allow myself to give and recieve. How and who I give it to, and how and who I recieve it from. It changed my morals and my temperment. Its almost like when you hear and AMAZING song, and there’s one part that really ramps you up. You can’t put your finger on why it makes you feel that way, it just makes you feel great! Thats love. There’s no exact word for it. 


Thank you so much to Tre for letting us do the interview! Right after the last question, we got into talking about how AMAZING the album Miseducation of Lauryn Hill is. I’m glad someone gets me.

You can check out Tre’s soundcloud here and his Instagram here ! Make sure you give him a look, he’s such a talent rapper and will DEFINITELY be changing up the game soon!

I hope you enjoyed this interview! Thanks for checking it out! 🙂

Peace & Love,

Clariza 🙂


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