PG [Prolific Profile]
Toronto, ON – This young woman has an upside that is very real at this point. Her potential grows as her understanding of her own image and vocal talents develop. She’s a hybrid of vocal ability who transitions between rapping and singing with impressive ease. PG‘s first project entitled Elements of PG is on it’s way and has been preceded thus far by her latest video “Tune In” as well as several video blogs detailing her creative processes. Surrounded by a dedicated team and another graduate of The Remix Project, she gives HipHopCanada an earful in our latest Prolific Profile.
HipHopCanada: How do you define hip-hop, and where do you feel you fit into that definition?
PG: In my opinion Hip Hop is a form of expression. Like paintings and other forms of art, music is a way of articulating your feelings. I believe Hip Hop is no different and I fit into that definition because with my music I share my stories. It is my way of letting the people hear my life, my struggles, and my successes. It is also a way of escape for me, where I can creatively say all the things I may not be able to say when simply speaking.
HipHopCanada: What drives you to stay in a business that is rarely profitable and highly competitive?
PG: To begin, the love for music. Despite profit and competition, good music speaks to my mind, body and soul and I love me some good music. So even if I am making it for myself, music will always be with me. Secondly, I would say the support I get from the people who actually take time and listen to my music, and who love it. That makes me feel good and lets me know that I am doing something right, that’s motivating. In addition, the haters also motivate me to surpass all the negativity and strive to become a better artist to shut them up (LOL). Lastly, the fact that I know I am a great artist and the possibility to take my music to the next level gives me something to strive toward.
HipHopCanada: Where are you based specifically?
PG: Born in Jamaica. I was raised in Toronto and currently living in the Beaches area.
HipHopCanada: How has living there influenced your sound?
PG: I wouldn’t say solely living in the beaches has influences my sound. However, I would say that the things I have witnessed throughout my life thus far have influenced me tremendously. On one side of the spectrum there are nice big houses and kids with huge backyards as well as neighbourhood watch. This is where the wealthier residents reside. On the other hand, right across the street is Toronto housing neighbourhood, where for many kids there was never any neighbourhood watch and the “man dem” who gathered in the lobby of the building were the ones who protected you. I witnessed so many aspects of life just by living in that community. I always knew I wanted to be someone, live in a house owned by me some day, so by living close to home owners made me strive for better and let me know there was more to life than the hood. I was able to see the struggles of life that make me who I am today.
HipHopCanada: Who is your primary fan base?
PG: Lovers of Hip-hop and R&b/Soul. However many of my supporters are from a wide age range. I have R&B lovers who dig my R&B records, as well as Hip-Hop lovers who dig my rap records. I also have supporters who listen to many different genres and still respect and love my music. So, I’m not sure if I have a primary fan base.
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?
PG: I know many people always say it, but my advice is BE YOU. Find your niche and stick with it. There are way too many artists trying to be the same artist that has already made it or portray something they are not. Don’t worry about following the hype of what music is in right now, or what type of music other listeners want to hear. Make timeless music and once the music is genuine, others will respect it. Also, educate yourselves and perfect your craft, through education you can avoid a lot of people trying to jerk you.
HipHopCanada: How do you interact with your community?
PG: Since I was in high school community involvement has always been a factor. I use to play ball heavy, so I use to attend many different basketball tournaments and perform where ever I could. This lead to performing at youth based events as well as TDSB events which I continue to do to this day. I try to keep my community involvement by continuing to participate in different types of events around the city which helps heighten awareness about many concerns in different communities as well as promotes my music.
HipHopCanada: Which artists have you worked with that left an impression on you, and why?
PG: I have been blessed enough to work with many different up-and-coming artist out of Toronto like Lokz, Kyauna Clarke, Erik Flowchild, Hakeem Rose, J.Coop, and Luu Breeze to name a few who have all left great everlasting impressions on me. I was also blessed to be featured on a track titled “Cold World” by KNF also featuring Joel Ortiz. Joel Ortiz as an artist is intelligent but is not afraid to rap about the real and that is what I admired most about his work. He talks about the struggles that many other artists may not want to articulate in their music, but he also does it in a way that is amusing to the ear, and makes you want to listen to what he has to say.
HipHopCanada: Which Canadian artist would you most like to collaborate with?
PG: Anyone who’s dope and willing to collaborate with me.
HipHopCanada: Tell us about past and present successes, as well as future projects?
PG: I must first say that there were a lot of past struggles, some of which I was able to overcome and some that have pushed me to grind that much harder. Nonetheless, there were also some past successes, like the opportunity to perform at Manifesto, the chance to be a student of The Remix Project and to meet and connect with many significant people really helped me gain the knowledge I was lacking prior to being in that program. Presently – The newest project titled The Elements of PG is dropping May 31st. So much hard work has been put into this project that I wouldn’t be able to tell you the half. Future – much more music, I am in the process of working on new EP with much more collaborations, plenty more video’s and a lot more grinding. That’s all I can really say right now.
HipHopCanada: Any last words for the HipHopCanada online community?
PG: Please support and share Canadian music. We have to help promote each other as artists and as a community. Support local artists and help promote the music you believe in. Shout out’s to Tim D, J. Coop and Bass Line thanks for grinding with me. May 31st, The Elements of PG, cop it, download it, steal it… just get it. Thank you to everyone who supports my music, my love and appreciation for you is great.
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