P. Reign addresses rumours & preps new releases [Article]
Toronto, ON – There is something intrinsic that separates a star from every other artist able to skilfully put words together. There’s an inherent quality that can’t be taught or learned, a certain charisma that creates interest and demands attention. And for all of the talented artists that have come out of Toronto and continue to come out of this newly spotlighted city, there have been very few stars.
In steps P. Reign, confident in his craft with brashness reflective of his Galloway upbringing. And despite his at times confrontational behaviour, he seems to have found the balance between making dynamic music suitable for radio play while maintaining a strong street presence.
“I’m the voice for a lot of people so I have to stay true in my music,” says P. Reign. “I don’t just talk, I create a visual. I want my music to show you everything I’m talking about.”
And there’s plenty to talk about concerning P. Reign. There are many rumours and keyboard stories surrounding this young talent, despite his admittedly short time in the music. But as we watch Reign begin to shine, his ascension has not been without some trials and tribulations.
One trial, particularly, that P. Reign surely can’t wait to be over; stemming from an incident 3 years ago when he was pulled over in a car containing several guns, an incident that still threatens to dull his rays.
“It’s the only reason I haven’t taken over the world yet,” he boasts, referring to the probationary rules that forbid him from travelling outside of the country, for a while longer at least; until the upcoming verdict in 6 months when P will know whether he will serve time or walk away free.
And more controversy has followed P. Reign; a more recent fallout with Toronto artist Page, which P. Reign claims came from nowhere.
“I’ve never had a problem with Page before all of this. I’m cool with Drake and so I guess he felt since he came at Drake, he better come at me, too. He tried to make me the antagonist.”
P. Reign is referring to the internet assault Page has launched against Drake, calling Drake a snitch and making various other threats. Then bringing P. Reign into the beef, claiming he was robbed for his Reps Up chain, a rumour P. Reign denies adamantly.
“I’ll send you a pic with my chain around my neck right now,” says P. Reign, who doesn’t plan on releasing any diss tracks against Page.
Page has a slightly different interpretation of the tension between the two Toronto artists, and though he agrees to not having a problem with P. Reign before the Drake situation, he believes P. Reign has an agenda by inserting himself into the situation.
“P. Reign is just trying to get a name for himself. I have a problem with Drake,” Page admits. “Trying to make me look like the big bad guy. I have no time for that dude.”
Despite the controversy, P. Reign’s stayed focused on his aspirations. He’s built up some steam in the last year with his first single, “Money In My Pocket,” and has continued that momentum with his follow up single garnering radio play right now, “In My Hood,” which he is releasing a video for in June. P. Reign is also releasing the RT directed video for, “Call My Name,” sometime in June with a hot new mixtape titled When it Reigns it Pours,” hosted by DJ Holiday.
So while the controversy continues to swirl around the Reps Up captain, P. Reign continues his quest to be remembered as a star. And though he recognizes there will always be new problems to diffuse-like returning equipment taken from Movado’s camp by Reps Up in a recent incident outside of an east end studio-he is focused on his future. Reign sees travelling to Europe and throughout North America, and eventually being able to sign to a major record label. “They’re hollering,” P. Reign admits. “Big labels! But no one wants an artist that can’t travel. Once I take care of my situation, I’m taking everything over.”
And so Toronto waits, eager to find out if it has bred a new star, anxious to discover just how far P. Reign can carry this weight as potentially the next artist to ascend to heights reserved for the rare. So far he has handled both the ups and downs smoothly, and as he continues to master his craft, P. Reign hopes his reign in the city is only beginning.
Check out more P. Reign at http://www.myspace.com/preign and follow him on Twitter @PReign.
Written by Kern Carter for HipHopCanada