When you listen to P.H’s new album “Big Facts,” you will be immersed in the darkness and gloom of Chicago’s criminal underworld while listening to the new 14-song album. After reflecting on such upsetting events, P.H. was very distressed and used his album, “Big Facts,” to release all of his tension and philosophical concerns. This process began five years ago, in 2017. Every song from the album captures a distinct aspect of P.H.’s lifestyle. He draws his lyrical influence from his personal experience; each song’s bar, rhyme, and flow seem authentic. In addition, the album’s sharp Hip-Hop beats cleverly ignite elements of Old School rap. But, don’t get it twisted; this project also provides the modern rap sound of pounding 808s and trap drums bloomed with significant hi-hat trills and snappy snares to create the masterpiece “Big Facts,”
What was the most challenging part of creating your album “Big Facts.”
Honestly, the most challenging part was completing the project. I always felt I could add more to this project. But, if I kept making changes or adding more songs to the album, the album’s concept would not be the same anymore. So, I finally said, “Okay, stop, the album is complete!”
When you were going through picking the right beats for the album, was it an instant decision for you?
Not at all. Out of the 14 tracks I used on this album, I went through at least 40 beats before making the ultimate decision.
I see you put a great album together. How many studio sessions it took for you to accomplish this project?
So, my first studio session for this album was in the summer of 2017. My last session for this album was May of this year, 2022. So, I believe there were almost 20-25 sessions to accomplish this project.
What would you be doing now if it weren’t for your music career?
It’s hard for me to imagine my life without music. However, if it weren’t an
option, I would get my CDL and own my own trucking business. Even if I am successful with my music career, I still want to achieve this.
How do you feel the Internet has impacted the music business?
I think it’s doing good things and giving artists more access to get their music out. But, on another note, it also allows ANYBODY to go viral and get a record contract, while there are people who are GRINDING and still can not get opportunities.
What is your favorite song to perform?
My Favorite would be between “Hardwood Classic” and “For The OGs.”
What is the most trouble you’ve gotten into? And how did that situation make you who you are today?
I was wild back then. Once, I was sitting in a jail cell alone, knowing that the path I was heading down was not for me. I was going through a lot during that time. To get out the next morning, to see one of my own get arrested that same day. That was it for me, man. I had to tell myself that I had to get out of the streets to survive. Those dark days strengthened me, but they also shaped me into the man I am today.
What is the best music advice you’ve been given?
“Take your time. This game is a marathon, but you control the pace” was the best advice I was ever given. Now, who gave me the advice is the question.
If you could change anything about the industry, what would it be?
I would stop the 360 deals, more deserving pay for producers, and stop viral antics. The “clout chasing” is problematic and takes away from the “get it on your own” mindset. It creates a space for people that do it for fun and takes away from those who do it for a living.
Which skills have you gained that help you perform effectively as a musician?
Stamina is a big one, sometimes the crowd gets turnt during the performance, and you have to get live with them. Also, eye contact, as engaging the crowd, is important to let them know you’re active as well. I’ve been to shows where the performer would not entertain the crowd. They would be looking down; I could see the effect on the crowd and their overall performance.
Who helped you most in your journey?
Without my wife and daughter, I wouldn’t have had the motivation or the power to keep pushing myself the way I am. They helped me mature into the man that I am today. Let’s not forget the friends and family members that I lost during my journey here. Knowing that they are watching me keeps me going.
Did your style evolve since the beginning of your career?
Yes, to the highest power! I feel like a drastic change comes when you “Let It Out” on the track.
Name your top 5 songs that you think people are missing out on.
– Top 5, no order:
“Out the Gate”
“Days, Keep Wishin”
What accomplishments do you see yourself achieving in the next five to 10 years?
In the next 5-10 years, I see myself achieving a Gold/ Platinum plaque. It can be for an album, single, or even a feature. I also see myself starting my label from the ground up during that time because I want others to win as well. I would also like to use my platform to pave the way for artists who come after me. I want to give back to people that have similar backgrounds as I did.
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