J. Peguero‘s “Callin‘” song, off his recent “Tale of Two Cities” project, has created quite a buzz at urban radio. It became a Top 40 Urban record based on airplay and the number two most added independent Urban record.
Now we’ve got “Good Time,” which has also become a fan favorite and is guaranteed to keep the party going. I caught up with Brooklyn bred J. Peguero, heralded by MTVU and MTV Jams, to learn more about him and what we can expect from him in the future.
Jolie du Pre: Rap music originated in New York, but today we’ve got hip hop talent all over. Born in the Dominican Republic, you were raised in both New York and Florida. Now you’ve decided to relocate from Brooklyn to Miami. “A Tale of Two Cities” is a reflection of these two vibrant locations. What do you want new listeners to know about your project?
J. Peguero: My music is influenced by all the places I grew up in, so I would like the listeners to get to know me and my diverse style through the music. I rap about my struggles, overcoming adversity, accomplishments, the good, the bad, and the ugly, from Brooklyn to Miami, back to my humble beginnings in the Dominican Republic . You get a taste of it all when listening to a J. Peguero project. To the new listeners, I want them to realize that what I am embarking on is a movement, The Jpeg Movement to be exact! I want them to understand that I am an artist in every sense of the word and will constantly push the limits to give them the best songs possible, from the beats to the content and the character of my flow ; I will give it my all each and every time on the mic .
Jolie du Pre: Although I love the hip hop beats, it’s the lyrics that mean the most to me. The meaning behind “Callin’,” a Top 40 Urban record and fan favorite, I really appreciate. Will wives and girlfriends stick with their men while the men do what it takes to make it? It takes patience and faith. Do you think most up-and-coming hip hop artists can relate to “Callin'”?
J. Peguero: I definitely feel they can relate, along with just about anyone who is separated from their loved ones. Whether it be someone going off to college, to serve in the military, on the road to work or even to prison, this song can impact the lives of so many people around the world. Many artists that I have come across in my travels have told me personally that they can relate to “Callin'” 100%. I have been told that it’s almost as if I told their story for them, as if I was in their head verbalizing their thoughts. Many people are going through the same challenges of balancing family, love and work in order to make a living. Especially an artist who has to travel a lot in order to reach the fans, build a following and promote their projects.
Jolie du Pre: I like the fun feel of “Good Time.” What were you hoping to achieve when you dropped this hit?
J. Peguero: When I made “Good Time,” I wanted to make a fun track that had a soulful sound. I didn’t go into the studio thinking this was going to be a hit. I just focused on making a solid track that had a strong delivery, smooth flow and bounce to it. Once I heard the beat my producer, Debonaire, played for me, I instantly started freestyling to it and came up with the hook. I’m very happy people love it, and it has been well received by the DJ’s, radio and my fans around the world.
Jolie du Pre: Every hip-hop lover has their favorite rappers. These days one of mine is Kendrick Lamar. Who does J. Peguero look up to and learn from in hip-hop?
J. Peguero: I have always been a Jay Z fan. Since “Reasonable Doubt,” even now through “Magna Carta,” I think he has shown the most consistency in hip hop. Even as a businessman, he has made his mark in hip hop and globally. If there were a blueprint to follow, I believe it would be his career.
Jolie du Pre: I often ask an up-and-coming artist what he or she wants for the future. What does J. Peguero hope to achieve within the next five years?
J. Peguero: Over the next five years, I anticipate dropping a minimum of five chart topping albums. I will be focused, committed and dedicated to still be on top of my game and just as hungry as I was the day I started on this quest to be an entertainment icon. Overall, I want my RedStar Team to be successful in anything we put our minds to and know that we will achieve great success.
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