Peter Jackson [Interview]
Oshawa, ON – I heard about Peter Jackson through the single he put out called “Paper Boy” which featured Royce Da 5’9″ and honestly, I wasn’t feeling it. Moving forward to last year I watched his video for an in studio performance for BoomBox & A Tape and that made me reconsider my original thoughts. Not for the song itself, but the fact that I realized he actually is a dope lyricist. Now at this point I thought he will do well, but not commercially. Skip ahead a few videos to one of his latest releases “Ma’Ma” featuring Die Mannequin and I knew then I had been wrong about this cat all along. His work ethic and the material he was and is presenting has been proper.
He knew what he was doing all along. Even if one person passed on him, two more would like what he was doing. It just goes to show that if people don’t like your music you keep pushing and eventually someone like myself who can be a hater at times will catch on to what your doing. Strive for improvement. I felt it was only right that I reach out to PJ for an interview on HipHopCanada. Now that I know what he is all about musically, it’s time to find out what the person behind the music is all about. With his release today for his debut album In My Life, in the midst of touring across Canada, Peter Jackson found some time to answer a few questions. We talk about how his life was growing up, other MCs hating on his touring ability, and of course who he would knock out if he had the chance too… sorry had to ask him that one.
HipHopCanada: How was it shooting your latest video “Come On Over” featuring JmorE?
Peter Jackson: It was dope , me and JmorE are good friends so it was very comfortable on set… and having 20 + girls on set made it even easier. [Laughing]
HipHopCanada: Listening to your track “Ma’Ma” alongside Die Mannequin… I can’t help but hear the emotion you put in to that track especially the first verse where you say… “Mama struggling with money / Daddy’s working over time / Never see their son cause no one ever had the time / Knowing I’d be great knowing it’s my time to shine / Yup you can feel it knowing that I speak hard / Goosebumps down your back knowing that you feel God” It’s something lot of people can relate to if they have been through similar situations. With that being said can you speak a little bit more on how life was growing up as Peter Jackson?
Peter Jackson: I mean, don’t get me wrong I grew up pretty normal for a kid in the suburbs but I spent a lot of time learning stuff on my own. And that song is just talking about everything I personally went through, you know. I lost a lot of close friends and family members at a young age and I think I cover a lot of issues every one deals with.
HipHopCanada: Let’s talk about your latest project In My Life which was just released today, who do you have on the album so we can let the viewers know what to expect?
Peter Jackson: I have 9-0-Nickel – my group, Sizzla, Naughty By Nature, Joell Ortiz, Royce Da 5’9″, Crooked I, Die Mannequin, J Melody, Gangis Khan (aka Camoflauge), Choclair, Kid Cocky, Magnum 357 and more. The album has production by Classified, Young K, T-Minus, DJ Sluv, Jazzfeezy and more.
HipHopCanada: How long did it take you to complete the album?
Peter Jackson: It took me about a year and a half from start to finish.
HipHopCanada: There was a little bit of hatred going around at one point and probably still is in regards to your touring. Certain people within the industry seem to have been catching feelings. I am not going to name names but some people have been bitter about the amount of touring you’ve done and commenting that you get on all the tours because your manager is a booking agent. You know what I mean right?
Peter Jackson: Yeah, I herd something about that. [Laughing] But I mean, at the end of the day I cant be punished for having a good team and great manager. I work hard for everything I get and I book a lot of shows myself as well. So how can you fault me for good business? And I don’t think it’s hate, I think people are entitled to their opinion.
HipHopCanada: What happened with you almost getting into a fight in a pizza shop or corner store with another well known MC? Or was that just a stupid rumour?
Peter Jackson: I read about that online [Laughing] and I wasn’t there, and it wasn’t a fight. It got blown up online… you know how these blogs are.
HipHopCanada: When you were on tour you had an accident, what caused the accident? Any major injuries?
Peter Jackson: We flipped our tour van five times on black ice outside of Calgary. Yeah, there was some injuries to myself and my team but we are all alive and well and we were back on the road three weeks later.
HipHopCanada: Any collaborations to look forward to in the future?
Peter Jackson: Yeah, I am already working on the second album so you will hear a lot of new features and work from me very soon but I am focused on my debut for right now.
HipHopCanada: This question is going down in history, I promise you that. So no hard feelings I am not picking on you. I ask everybody I interview the same question. If you could knock out one celebrity, preferably a Canadian who would it be and why?
Peter Jackson: [Laughing] Umm, not Canadian. It would be Spencer Pratt from that show The Hills… and Canadian… no one I can think of. I support Canada to the fullest but Spencer Pratt could catch it.
HipHopCanada: Well Peter Jackson, I wish you nothing but the best. Thank you for taking the time to answer my questions on the day of your big release. Any last words before you go?
Peter Jackson: Yeah. Thank you guys for all the support, and please pick up my debut album in HMV or on iTunes.
Written by Ya Favourite Lightskin aka Dynamic for HipHopCanada