Infinite P [Prolific Profile]
Vancouver, B.C. – Infinite P – aka I Peezy – is a Calgary-based rapper and producer who feels like he’s making some of the best music coming out of Canada period. He takes care of business and prioritizes music, so check out this interview with him.
HipHopCanada: How do you define hip-hop, and where do you feel you fit into that definition
Infinite P: Hip-hop to me is all about self expression via one of the four elements : graffiti, MCing, b-boying or DJing. I fit into the equation as an MC/producer. I have been rapping since 1990 & I started making beats in 1998.
HipHopCanada: What drives you to stay in a business that is rarely profitable and highly competitive?
Infinite P: Well, luckily for me I am one of the first cats that put it down in Calgary (shout out to Chain Reaction, Bubba B, Nohow & Black Rose, also pioneers of the 403). On that note, there’s not too much competition out here, plus I feel like I make some of the best hip-hop that’s coming out of Canada period right now. I started off as a freestyle/battle MC so I am always down for some friendly competition, although I am more focused on making great songs nowadays.
HipHopCanada: Where are you based specifically?
Infinite P: Calgary aka The 403.
HipHopCanada: How has living there influenced your sound?
Infinite P: Living here hasn’t really influenced my sound as much as my lyrics which are pretty much autobiographical: I spit about what I have seen, done or heard about in the 403. Unfortunately most of my inspiration comes from other cities like NY, LA, ATL, T.DOT, VANCITY (lived there from 94-97), DETROIT, etc. I really owe my production style to cats like Dilla, Saukrates, Moka, Nottz, Diamond D, Kanye….I like to sample and keep it soulful, word up.
HipHopCanada: Who is your primary fan base?
Infinite P: I guess it’s mostly young men & women (16-35). Judging from my online presence it seems a lot of those states I mentioned above are loving my music as well, with the addition of Florida. I definitely have a good fan base in Western Canada too but I’d like to get more exposure out East fa sho!
HipHopCanada: What tips would you give young artists coming up or what do you wish someone would have told you when you first started out in the hip-hop industry?
Infinite P: Handle your business or it will handle you. I would definitely suggest that you go all out if you have the chance (ie: living with parents, no rent, etc.) If you’re in the struggle I’d say make music a priority and help yourself stay afloat with a part-time job or hustle. Make quality music and rock as many shows as possible.
HipHopCanada: In which ways do you interact with your community?
Infinite P: I do shows, I offer my studio for recording sessions for 25$ per hour, I’m open for features & production work and I work with kids in our juvenile jail (CYOC).
HipHopCanada: Which artists have you worked with that left an impression on you, and why?
Infinite P: Moka Only: he’s an amazing soul and talent, and a great guy to make music with. Rich Kidd: he’s H]hungry and mad talented. Main Flow: he’s an O.G in the game, skilled with a great sense of humour. Nohow: that’s my homie and one of the illest producers out there. I basically work with people I’ve had a chance to kick it with and see eye to eye on this music ish with.
HipHopCanada: Which Canadian artist would you most like to collaborate with?
Infinite P: Great question. Saukrates no doubt. I already got to work with my favourite West Coast artist Moka, and now it’s time to get it in with big soxx.
HipHopCanada: Tell us about past and present successes, as well as future projects?
Infinite P: It’s been a good last few years for IP, I released 2 of my greatest albums yet, Westword Thee Album and Moonlight. I did my biggest show last year in Calgary for Livestyle – over 2,000 people – and I met Rich Kidd that day. I did a 11-date tour with Raekwon the chef, every date was sold out! Rae told me he dug my album, big compliment.
HipHopCanada: Any last words for the HipHopCanada online community?
Infinite P: I just want to say I’m gonna keep bringing more dope music this year, don’t sleep. One love to all my fellow hip-hop junkies out there, bring the noise! Thanks for the interview!
Interview conducted by Amalia Judith for HipHopCanada
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