With his new project “305º In The Sunshine” (produced exclusively by Young McFly) on the way, Prez P talks with Vince Valholla about the origins of the “305º In The Sunshine” EP, what ‘sound’ listeners can expect and what’s next for this rising talent.
Vince: We’re excited to hear “305º In The Sunshine” [EP]. This will be your first solo release entirely produced by one person, correct?
Prez P: Yup. My first of many projects solely produced by one producer. I’m excited for everyone to hear this first installment too.
V: How did you and Young McFly start to work on this project?
P: We’ve known each other for a while. I’d been meaning to collab for over a year but was always working on different projects and I didn’t want to give him half the effort. So we’re both where the time is right, especially since it’s the summer now. Instead of just getting a track or two I wanted the fans and listeners to be able to get into a deeper vibe with us.
V: What can people expect as far as subject matter on the EP?
P: On this project people should expect a real feel good vibe. Expect more growth and maturity from me as an artist. Almost inspirational at times on certain songs but generally more of a cool laid back vibe. There’s some party joints on there too of course to fit the vibe of the summer.
V: How did you come up with the name “305º In The Sunshine”?
P: I wanted a title that would be something that could resemble Miami in a unique way. People always say things like “it’s 100 degrees in the shade” when they think of Miami’s heat so I wanted to go even further.
305° plays off of our area code and also how hot the streets can get in the summer time with the robberies and deaths and beefs that normally happen around this time of year.
And “In The Sunshine” is where I consider myself to be. Rather than in the fabricated limelight, I’m in the more organic space with my music. Kind of like being at a festival performing under the sunlight rather than rocking out at a concert in a venue. This music has more of a groove to it than just regular beats and raps. While it’s 305° on the streets I’m the type to keep it cool as ever. This project is like the mini soundtrack to that kind of lifestyle.
V: What was it like collaborating with Young McFly?
P: It’s pretty easy to work with McFly. Aside from the fact that we connect as potheads, we already had a good vibe before we ever recorded music. We come from the same grind. Like, I’ll be at a festival out in Texas and I’ll see dudes like him or Jon The Barber out there grinding and networking. I’ll hit Atlanta for a show and again I’d see him out there so it’s a high level of respect there. As we started recording this tape we realized we share some of the same views on music and life so at that point it’s as simple as McFly creating a beat and me laying down my verses and hook in just a few takes. This project was really fluent. We understood the direction and it developed naturally.
V: What will separate this release from others you’ve done?
P: It’s different from my other tapes because this one is a piece of a puzzle that’s even bigger than any of my previous projects. The fact that I’m splitting up the music into different EPs focusing on a single producer’s work makes it more personal and rare. With this EP I’m showcasing a specific style. I’ll have a different style on my next one and another one on the one following.
V: If you could work with any producer for a full project, who would choose?
P: On an industry scale my biggest dream producer to work with is Pharrell. I’m already working with a few different underground producers on EPs such as The Pyrvmids (produced “Neva Love Em”) and Nuezism, who produced the opening track “Lucid Dream” on The Ambiance.
V: Your beat selection is on point. What helps you select your production?
P: The beat has to first grab me with it’s sound. I think the special thing about my beat selection is that I can like the use of the high hats in a track and form my verse and flow off that. It all really depends on how I’m feeling when I hear it. Then if that track can help me paint a picture of the overall vibe of the project then it’s perfect. Nothing forced.
V: If you could choose one member of the media to review “305º In The Sunshine”, who would you choose?
P: Sway! I could definitely respect his judgement. He’s been around long enough and I know he’s not biased.
V: Tell the people what’s next for you, after this EP is released?
P: A couple of cool items of merchandise… A lot of collaborations that didn’t see the light of day yet… A few more EPs and then (drumroll) my next BIG album, “Prezidential”.
Here’s his latest single from “305º In The Sunshine”, “Late Night Turn Up Featuring J Nics & Lil Champ Fway (Produced by Young McFly).