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FAC When did you start rapping and what triggered your love for Hip Hop?
AP My love and exposure to Hip Hop began as early as age 7. My older brother which is my one and only sibling is 5 years older than me, so as he became intrigued with the culture naturally so did I. I can remember my brother going through all the fads trying to be a rapper himself from the gum-by slope, to wearing our clothes like Kris Kross, rocking ski goggles, the whole nine. So like most kids I looked up to and wanted to be just like my older brother. My first rap was actually written at age 9 and performed as an opening act for a local artist in Dale City, VA where I lived at the time. I still remember the verse to this day lol. My love and passion for football then took over and it wasn't until I was about 21 and my football days were done before I put the pen to pad and considered myself a rapper again, and I've been on it ever since.
FAC Where did you grow up and what is your best memory growing up?
AP I did most of my growing up in Central Park on the east side of Buffalo, NY. I also spent a good deal of my teen years in the Coldsprings also on the east side of Buffalo. My best memory growing up would probably be playing football. Now being older I have a tremendous amount of appreciation for how the game of football molded me but ultimately kept me from getting caught up in the same streets every male in my family did before me. I feel like football saved my life.
FAC What's your next project & what should your fans expect next?
AP My next project titled 'Fueled By Doubt' will be my 5th EP release and is set to drop sometime at the end of April 2012. The project contains about 15 original tracks with crazy production and a few special features. Will most certainly be my best project yet! My fans should be expecting me to start working with some big name artists and producers in the game in anticipation of getting my first OFFICIAL ALBUM underway and continue delivering "music for the masses".
FAC Who is your favorite artist actor or athlete or anyone inspires you and why?
AP The main inspiration in my life and with everything I do is my children. My only fear in life you can say is failing them.
FAC Besides being an up and coming artist with a growing fan base & buzz how do you stay busy when not in the studio at the moment?
AP I'm literally a one man machine when it comes to my music. Not a big fan on waiting on people and not having control over my product so as of now I record my own music, mix my own music, create my own graphics, manage most of my websites and much more. They say if you want something done right you have to do it yourself. All my free time outside of all that which is very little is spent with the family of course.
FAC Are you in any music videos or movies?
AP Besides my own music videos and those of tracks I'm featured on you won't catch me in any other videos just yet.
FAC You are performing at our first event; how do you feel about that & where would you like to perform next?
AP I have performed dozens of times but this will be my first NYC performance and because of that I am very very excited to do my thing. The main reason why I relocated to this area was to take advantage of what the Mecca of Hip-Hop has to offer and inversely do the same. Touching the stage is probably my favorite part of making music so anywhere me and my music are welcomed you can say I'd be down to perform.
FAC What success means to you?
AP To me success is not a destination, it's a journey. So as long as I continue to progress and people consider my music special, I'll consider myself successful.
GIFT IDEAS FAC
"Manifestation is preceded by an intense desire." - Djamee
We're always rich because we do what we love to do - FAC