A Changed Man, Longtime SF Rapper Playa P Emerged From 10 Year Prison Sentence With Goal Of Finally Recording His Solo Debut

Posted by Billyjam, July 28, 2017 11:29am | Post a Comment

Last August, after serving the final day of a ten year prison sentence on a Federal case for serious drugs and weapons charges, veteran Fillmore San Francisco rapper Playa P walked out the gates of an Arizona penitentiary. Finally he was a free man! With sixteen months shaved off his ten year sentence (for
outstandingly good behavior) the artist born Paris Moffett, who was clearly a changed man, had served 8 years and 8 months of his life behind the bars of various Federal penitentiary facilities. And he vowed that he was never going back to prison and, more importantly, the life that landed him inside.  Gone forever are those "activities on the street" as he euphemistically now refers back to his once routine lifetime of slanging drugs, dodging the po-po, and side-stepping his many street rivals as he protected his turf. It was also a life in which he saw his brother shot and killed on the street. That was back in 2002 and was among those life-altering incidents that helped snap his brain to mentally rise above and envision an alternative way of living, and making a living.

"Locked up I had a lot of time to think, to reevaluate my whole life, the meaning of family, of God, and of course music. That was the thing that kept me going," he said one sunny recent day eleven months since his release. "The very first thing I did after been released was to see my family: hug my kids, my girl, my mom and my dad. And then I made a song: "Real Recognize Game." I had to do it right away. Upon release I was in the halfway house but I recorded the song and video in the free time I had," stated Playa P of the video that appears down below. The artist credits rap and hip-hop, along with God, for "help saving my life." Busy writing and recording such other as upcoming album tracks as "Money Never Sleeping" and "Respect My Mind," he has been busy catching up and reconnecting with old rap friends and offering to do shows wherever/whenever he can. These have included such shared bills as concert dates with San Quinn (last month), J.Stalin (last week), and Mac Mall (next month - see flyer above with Mall reppin' his late great old friend Mac Dre's legacy).

With a promise to himself to change from within and to finally learn to focus his mind, using hip-hop/rap as his guide, on the first day of his ten year prison sentence Playa P made a vow to make himself to become a better person, all the while making the most of a negative situation. A lemons out of lemonade philosophy. And so began Playa P's own personal rehabilitation, spent been bounced around various Arizona Federal prison facilities, one day at a time, working to positively change his life from within. This he did by diligently disciplining himself to spend every spare moment of his incarceration studying and practicing his rap craft. "I needed to improve my vocabulary and my flow. So I would spend two hours every day in the library just studying different books, going through the Thesaurus, the Dictionary and the Rhyming Dictionary," said the Fillmore/Western Addition San Francisco native who first came to prominence in the 90's as an extended member of JT the Bigga Figga's GLP (Get Low Playaz) crew. As such he contributed to various GLP related releases and tracks. These included such artist tracks as D. Moe The Youngsta's "Hecta" on the 1994 album Do You Feel Me?, San Quinn's "A Tight Lacin'" on 1995's Live N Direct, JT The Bigga Figga's "Hatin' On Tha Unda" on 1998's Westside Riderz, Vol. 1 compilation, and JT Tha Bigga Figga's "Pushing Buckets" on 2001's Bay Area Playas 3 compilation. One of the last recordings he did before been incarcerated was a feature with Messy Marv.

"Even though I did a lot of recording in previous years and did a lot of features, only now I've finally made my own album for people to hear. I think back then [that] I honestly wasn't ready to do an album. I knew how to rap but my craft wasn't yet mastered like it is now. And I always felt like whenever I was ready to do this album that I had to be on point," said Playa P, reflectively adding, "When I listen back to my older recordings, I wasn't at my best. I was really like talk-rapping, and not really rhyming properly." He has, he said, just has a few final touches to make before his long awaited debut solo album will be ready for release. With a tentative street release of Fall 2017 Playa P's album will be entitled "Respect My Mind" and will appear on his newly formed record label, Pelf Music Group. "The word 'pelf' is another word I learned studying in the prison library," explained Playa P. "There's more than one way to say a word. There's so many different words you can use to say 'money' for example. 'Money' got maybe twenty different ways to say that word. When I was reading up on it I seen the word 'Pelf' and learned that that's a different word to say money: pelf. I liked that word 'Pelf' so I wanted to use it. That's why I called the label Pelf" 

As any student of San Francisco Bay Area hip-hop of the past few decades will point out, the unique NorCal regional rap sound and structure has shifted and changed in nuance in the decade that Playa P was locked up. Hence following last summer's release from prison, where getting to listen to new music was limited by endless restrictions and rules (and costly), Playa P invested a chunk of his new found free time sitting down and catching up on years of recent rap music, mostly from the Bay Area. Some he didn't care for (he's not a big fan of 'mumble rap' for example) but a lot of it really impressed him. He quickly runs down a list off the dome of his current picks from the Bay: G-Val, Lil Yase, Lil Yee, Prezi, Berner, Lil Pete, and Show Banga are among his top faves. In listening to these (and all the other contemporary) rap artists, Playa P was equally impressed by the new production sounds he was hearing. Hence for his album he reached out to a diverse array of Bay Area/NorCal producers, inviting them to collaborate on various new tracks. These 2017 NorCal production talents include TraffiKingz, The Streets SaySo, King David, Antonio Goleno, and Mike B.  Mike B, whose aural vibe leans toward the more traditional SF rap sound, is responsible for the album's standout title track, "Respect My Mind" on which Playa P philosophically re-evaluates his life and his life decisions. On it he spits such lyrics as: "When you win you really lose….What goes around comes back around. I just play my part!"  Look for Playa P's Respect My Mind upon its late 2017 release at both Amoeba Bay Area stores and watch this space for updates.

Playa P's Bro Jackson directed "Real Recognize Game" 2016 music video. The video/song was the first project he did upon release from  prison and will be featured on his upcoming Fall 2017 debut
solo album Respect My Mind

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