A native of Harlem, USA, Dame Dash was an early pioneer of marketing and branding; in terms of hip hop. Enter Roc-A-Fella, alongside rapper/businessman Jay-Z and business partner Kareem Burke, the ultimate tri-fecta!
Even after the dissolution of hip hop’s premier clique, Dash still represents the true essence of what it means to hustle. Dame Dash has faced numerous setbacks during his professional career as well as personal life. From broken marriages to losing his love, Aaliyah; these experiences would have crushed the average man. Dame’s “never quit” mentally is prevalent in virtually every word he speaks, which certainly needs to be emulated by others. Not too many in his industry have such a high level of perseverance and focus. Even with the legal issues he has faced, D. Dash manages to come out on top or at the least break even.
Dame Dash is an experienced director, actor, film producer, writer, record executive, media proprietor and entrepreneur. This is quite a number of accomplishments for one person. When not spending quality time with loved ones, Dame Dash is consistently building and maintaining his various brands. Dash founded DD172, a media collective which encompasses: America Nu, a magazine; VNGRD79, a web design firm; BluRoc Records, a record label division. It also includes an art gallery. He curates a visual streaming platform, similar to the likes of Netflix, through his Dame Dash Studios imprint. Dash offers quality products and services for sale from his Poppington brand site.
Whatever you do don’t count this man out or doubt his drive or ambition. Dame Dash is sure to show you that he doesn’t just talk-the-talk but he can walk-the-walk.
“I’m not gonna portray someone who acts like he’s been down with his music since Day One but I do recognize that I was definitely sleeping on Nipsey Hussle’s rap skills.”
#RDFB gives props to a legend in his own right and he was also an inspirational community leader, Nipsey Hussle! Now, it wasn’t Nipsey’s foray into the hip hop world that first caught my attention. Rather, he had a really interesting, classic interview earlier on in his career in which Hussle discussed owning property. Many rappers at the time, and even now, would say they want the money, cars and women instead of a house or stocks. Nipsey Hussle was truly ahead of his time when it came to rhyming and entrepreneurship. Which brings me to his first major studio release, Victory Lap, released on February 16, 2018 through All Money In No Money Out and Atlantic Records. From start to finish, the album exuded Nipsey Hussle’s persona and that was a good thing. The pure audio greatness which came be, Victory Lap, brought you closer to who Nipsey was as a person and someone who deserves recognition. Bottom line is Nipsey Hussle’s premiere industry opus should be listed with the greats such as The Notorious B.I.G. and the emphatic Tupac Shakur. Make sure you include Victory Lap as a part of your music collection!
The rapper, S-Class, repping Mount Vernon, New York is delivering straight bars over a banging beat. His flow features a ’90’s style with a 2019 twist rocking out to a rugged Walt Flizzney track. NYC should definitely get behind this youngin’s movement and push “Never Liked Me” to the streets as well as radio. The Youth is the future…legggooo!!!
K.P.:What’s shaking brother! Everything is good, I can’t really complain.
R.D.: For those that don’t know you…how about you enlighten everyone as to who you are and what your name represents!
K.P.: I mean for the ones that don’t know me, my name is KING P.I.B. and I’m an Executive Producer/Artist who has a pretty good resume. Haha. My name pretty much represents being a KING within my company. My mother always calls me her KING and P.I.B. is actually from my Production company P.I.B. Entertainment.
R.D.: Where are you from originally? What’s your neighborhood like?
K.P.: I’m originally from New Island. My neighborhood, well, it’s like no other.
R.D.: Are the people in your community supportive of your movement and what you’re trying to do musically?
K.P.: The people in my community definitely support what I got going on. It’s a great feeling when someone you know from your town personally calls you to perform at their event or tells you they want to interview you about what you got going on.
R.D.: How would you describe your local buzz versus national buzz?
K.P.: Well to be quite honest, my local buzz continues to grow by the hour. Haha. I’m always checking my data to see where I’m getting the most love from. My team and I are working hard every day to make sure that National buzz grows just as much.
R.D.: Are you currently doing any shows, touring or opening up for anyone?
K.P.: SXSW was the last stage I touched along side my partner CakeBoyCheeze and our Artist Xena. I have an upcoming show in about a week at SOB’s and a live performance set-up for my manager’s event later on this month. All the other fun comes when I release my first project.
R.D.: Independent or Major label…and why?
K.P.: I’m actually signed to myself but if the right situation comes up, I’ll see wassup. For now, I’m going to continue grinding and doing things my way and enjoy the freedom of doing so.
R.D.: Where can fans and/or new listeners find your music?
K.P.: Everyone can hear my music on all platforms. Make sure y’all go check out “Kings 2 A Queen” ft. Xena and watch our fire short film for it.
R.D.: What’s your overall goal with the music? Do you plan on expanding beyond rap?
K.P.: I want to have the biggest Entertainment/Production Company in the industry. I’m always expanding outside of being the one actually in front of the camera and creating bangas. I have P.I.B. Entertainment, which is made up of writers , producers and artists. Then I have KINGCHEEZEMM, which is a Management & Marketing Company owned by myself and partner CakeBoyCheeze. I’m always supporting and putting people on so I gotta continue to expand beyond rap.
R.D.: How would you describe your rhyme style and/or flow?
K.P.: My flow is def a hip hop in the 90s sort of flow.
R.D.: Which artist or group would you say was your biggest influence?
K.P.: Jay-Z, Biggie, Diddy, Method Man, Ludacris and Dj Khaled.
R.D.: What makes you different from all the other new artists out there?
K.P.: My energy and style brings a different vibe from what I’ve seen out there.
R.D.: Besides rhyming, do you have any other talents that your audience should know about?
K.P.: Of course. Haha. I’m currently getting back into the acting side. I’m getting ready to re-launch my clothing line; BraveHeart and I do a lot of shooting and editing for my manager’s media & writing company; TayeBailey Media.
R.D.: Would you say that you are fashion conscious? What’s trending…what’s not..
K.P.: When it comes to fashion I pretty much do what I want.. But I will say time to time I check out what’s trending.
R.D.: Have you been taking strides to learn the business side of things?
K.P.: Most def. I’m still a student. Anything that I need to take in, I will.
R.D.: If you had an opportunity to speak to the youth right now, what would you say to them?
K.P.: I would tell them that the sky is the limit and whatever you want to go for, you should. Working hard is KEY and you should never give up because that’s for the weak. There will be many bumps in the road, you just have to dance around them. I actually have a free festival every year for the community with my mother’s Non-Profit Organization Mildred W. Fairclough Foundation. So I’m all for talking to and helping the youth.
R.D.: What does the current state of hip-hop mean to you? Would you say there are still a lot of opportunities available to you through your music?
K.P.: I mean, I like the state of Hip-Hop. I feel like it’s missing someone like me. Lol. But there is def still a lot of opportunities out there; you just have to hustle your way to them.
R.D.: Is it possible for you to bless us with a short exclusive (video) freestyle for our blog?
K.P..: You actually just posted the Nobody freestyle video last week. I appreciate that.
R.D.: We appreciate you taking the time to do this interview…much success to you and your team! Hope to hear more from you in the near future.
K.P.: I appreciate you taking your time out to get to know me. People like you deserve the best! Again, thank you for helping the cause. In my own words… #OOOOWOOOO GANG.
With a banging beat and a smooth delivery, King P.I.B. brings you cinematic vibes in “I’m Me“. The young soldier, out of New York, speaks on topics relative to his everyday struggles and his drive to make it. The production on this track is tight and his flow is solid. Don’t kid yourself if you haven’t seen it yet, you are missing out on what’s sure to be a hit!
Check out this classic music video starring J. Cole in “Simba” which premiered at the beginning of his rap career! He is giving you some raw lyricism delivered over an authentic hip-hop beat. Sheer Greatness! (Dir. by: BBGUN/Produced by: AnyMeans & Say Uncle)