Please introduce yourself. What do you do? Why? What do you want people to know about you?
P Dope, also known as Dope boy P, is on the rise to become the main attraction in the hip-hop industry. He brings a new and unique sound, paired with raunchy street lyrics and versatility to the table. He takes inspiration for his songs by his rise to fame in the streets of Baltimore, Maryland. P Dope discovered his passion for music at a very young age but couldn’t focus on it. He was often distracted by street politics, incarceration, drug money, and gang rivalries. He was always surrounded by a lot of hurdles while growing up.
Talking about his childhood, he says that he had to grow up fast and learned how to earn money at a very young age. He also understood the importance of being respected by others. “When you grow up in the hood, respect is everything.”, P Dope says while sipping Belaire Rose. His verses serve as a testimony to his past struggles and hardships. In addition to that, they also give motivation to his listeners.
On a day in 2010, he began to focus on fulfilling his purpose as a musician. That evening in West Baltimore, the rapper survived a shoot-out and got shot four times. This unfortunate and tragic event shook his friends and family and was all over the local news. P Dope says that he knew he was here for a reason after that shooting.
At that time, he was young and bull-headed. This altercation was to show him the consequences of his thought process for him to change. On that day, he decided to turn tragedy into triumph. During his recovery, he began to focus on fulfilling his purpose. He was determined to sharpen his pen and freestyle game. He even recorded with his mouth wired shut to stay in the zone and deliver his best.
P Dope has also combined his knowledge of business and his long love affair with music. He is not only a lyricist but also a sharp-witted businessman and entrepreneur. With the help of his knowledge and skills in branding and marketing, he has guided various artists to develop and build their careers. He has gained traction from working with many notable figures in the hip-hop industry. Someone like P Dope is a quality asset in the multi-billion dollar music industry.
What qualities make you different and unique from everyone else in the industry?
For most of my life music came 2nd to me being on the streets. I always had the passion and performed at a high level but tbh with my self I let a lot of Bullshit distract me. I was on a path to destruction with no brakes. It wasn’t until I was in a shootout at the age of 21 that made me really see that time isn’t promised and procrastination isn’t rewarded. My darkest hours made me shine brighter. My style is raw. I say the wildest shit in the slickest way yet it’s hits home like We grew up in the same hood. I reflect on wins, losses & lessons in my bars. (Of course the punchlines are water whipped into the mix) “…Can I be honest when I sing ? Tell you bout this money and** the drama that it bring…” The pain in every line serves as motivation to my audience.
Describe THAT moment when you realized you’re doing what you were born to do.
Music saved my life. So in return I give it my all. If I didn’t have music to keep me balanced I believe I would’ve made worst decisions than I did. Countless times I’ve been in studio and got calls about shit getting wild.
I also use my platform to give a voice to the voiceless. I reach back and help other artist and youth that are in wild situations trying to make it out. I see myself in those ppl. And without them this wouldn’t be possible.
What’s been the biggest challenge you’ve had to go through and how did you grow through it?
Many challenges come with being an independent artist. One that stands out is building the right circle. Let me explain what I mean.
Six degrees of separation is the idea that all people are six or less social connections away from each other. The “friend of a friend” scenario can be made to connect any two people in a maximum of six handshakes. With that being said each individual in your circle plays apart of your success (or failure). Being from a city like Baltimore I had to learn to branch out and broaden my network to run shoulders with my peers & legends of the music industry.
To achieve the goal I devote time daily to being in the right place at the right time and creating relationships with driven individuals in my field.
Who are the TOP 3 people you’d want to meet that could elevate your career or business? Why these specific individuals?
That’s a tough one but I would say my top 3 would be Jay z, Kanye West & Lyor Cohen. Jay Z I would say bc he’s the G.O.A.T everything he’s created has became a success. From his rap career , business ventures and even his family life he’s been a huge influence for me and many others. Kanye is also one of my favorite artist , fashion designers, producers and creative minds.
I feel like we share a lot of similar beliefs as far as standing on what we believe in & pushing the culture forward even when others don’t see the vision. Last but not least Lyor Cohen. Music industry Record executive manager & founder of 300 entertainment. I feel like the reason goes without saying but Lyor has been a leading force behind the scenes of hip hop for many years to be able to chop it up with him would be priceless.
Drop your social media links.
All of my social media can be found on my site http://dopeboyp.net