Get to know “P-Mack,” a rapper from Chanco – releasing his debut album titled “So Help me God
Q: First things first, who is P-Mack?
Well, I am 22 years old and currently in my last year of Undergrad studies at Chancellor College. I started rapping in 2011 and that’s when I adopted the “P-Mack” moniker. I went to Saint Andrews International High School and that’s where I met and became friends with my frequent collaborators, those being Big Phil, AJ, Lord Finesse and King Tuzi. I released my first project on December 6, 2017 and so this will be my sophomore project. Along with music, my interests also include poetry, business, fitness and charity.”
Q: ‘SO HELP ME GOD’ is quite a profound title that leaves us quite skeptic. What is the story behind the title?
“I’m sure that when a lot of people read the title ‘So Help Me God’, what came to mind was the taking of an oath. That isn’t the case here. I looked at this phrase literally, as in a cry for help from God. Essentially, the album talks about how you may feel like you are at a crossroads in life and you don’t know what your next move should be. Therefore, you seek guidance from God. Guidance with your ambitions, your relationships, and basically everything you go through.”
Q: ‘Lost’ was a statement. It took us into the deep hollows of our minds to question our insecurities as it resonated so close to our hearts. Is ‘Lost’ a soundtrack to S.H.M.G and what kind of sound should we expect from S.H.M.G?
“I consider Lost to be the centerpiece of the album and that’s why I chose it as the Single. It essentially sums up the whole album. That is, feeling lost and requiring guidance in the right direction. The majority of the album is rather dark as it deals with issues such as depression, anxiety and heartbreak. Nonetheless, there are a few songs on there that convey peacefulness and a hope for better things to come.”
4. You gave us Underground King in December 2017. What have you learnt as an artist from the release of your debut project Underground King that you have incorporated into this upcoming album?
“I have learned that you need to study your peers and those that came before. You need to expose yourself to all sorts of genres and not limit the art that you consume. You also need to consistently practice your craft. Personally, I have also learned that I get better results when I practice my song over and over before stepping into the studio. This allows me to just rap without looking at my lyrics, which I believe gives the song greater emotional weight as this removes the feeling that you are simply reading out your lyrics”
Q: The art work of a project says quite a lot about the project itself. In your debut project your head was in the clouds as you quite the ambitious look. For this project you seem to be sporting a melancholier look with the use of darker colors in both the album artwork and ‘Lost’ artwork, expressing a certain gloom. Is there a hidden message in the use of the chosen colors or is it merely coincidence?
“Underground King was me basically announcing that I can rap. The songs on there were less personal and it was more of me just putting the game on notice and letting them know that I’m coming. On “So Help Me God” I went a more personal route because I believe that is more relatable. So, I talked about issues which I personally went through and I believe my peers also go through. Such issues being things like depression, anxiety, and heartbreak. That is why the album art is way darker this time.”
Q: On which platforms will people be able to purchase/download S.H.M.G?
“The album will be a free download. It will be available on Media Fire for downloads. It will also be available on SoundCloud and Oasis for streaming.”
Q: A lot of new artists aim to release a solid musical project but that is not always the easiest feat to accomplish. Seeing as though the music industry is a very competitive one, what would your advice to new artists who want to embark on their own project be?
“I would advise them to take their time and conceptualize everything that they want out of their album. They shouldn’t rush anything. Figure out who they want to work with in advance. You need to quickly learn your strengths and weaknesses. When you identify these, you should maximize the strengths and minimize the weaknesses to the best of your ability. Promotion is key too. I feel like Social Media is a very powerful weapon to use because the impact of platforms such as WhatsApp and Twitter can be immense if used correctly. However, I’ve noted that people have short attention spans so as an artist you shouldn’t leave too much time between your release date announcement and your actual release date. You should release that music as soon as you’ve captured the people’s attention otherwise, they will forget about you. Another thing is not to undervalue the impact of great artwork. This is the first thing people see before they hear your music. Great artwork can spark greater interest in your work which can lead to greater success.”