Q&A With King P
Apr. 21, 2021
Where did you grow up and where do you call home now?
King P (born Phillip Solomon Stewart in Miami, Fl.) is a Jamaican-rooted Hip Hop artist and multi-instrumentalist who delivers an unmatched level of energy through his Dancehall flair. Currently residing in Tallahassee, Florida.
How long have you been making music?
It's 11 years since the release of my first song/album.
What can you tell us about your latest release "Slip N Slide"?
"Slip N Slide" is a fun vibrant song. It has the essence of Florida, more specific, South Florida, particularly a Miami sound. While on my All or Nothing Tour in Los Angeles, California early 2020 (pre-pandemic), just listening to some beats from producer Rockomal of the rap group Suns of Atliens, he played the early stages of this beat and I loved the sound immediately. I wanted to write about L.A. vibes but the music sounded and felt so Miami. I wrote the 3rd verse and completed the recording of the song in Tallahassee, Florida. We filmed the music video in Miami, Florida on Monday, March 29, 2021 and the video is set to release on Friday May 28, 2021 which is Memorial Day Weekend.
What does your name mean?
King P - My original birth name was King Solomon Stewart. It was changed to Phillip Solomon Stewart; however, everyone (growing up) only called me "King" which is known as my nickname. The P stands for Phillip.
Adopting "King P" as my artist name came by being around the rap group Field Mob during their rise to stardom. They would refer to me as "Kang P" because of their country twang accent. It was always funny to me but catchy....However, I still launched my artist name with it's original spelling, "King P."
What first got you into music?
I have loved music since early childhood. I picked up my first instrument at 11 and wanted to perform every chance I could. Since then I've picked up multiple instruments and will always acknowledge that I am a musician first. In 2009 a friend of mine in Los Angeles would ask me to record sax parts on his music. After a while he suggested I should use my talents which was always my dream; however, for many reasons I was not. I took his advice and immediately began producing beats which soon began me producing for local artists after a friend took one of my beat cds without me being aware to share with artists. I later heard a song in the local club on one of my beats. As time went on, the artists moved on and I decided to become an artist myself after listening to beats I made for an artist who disappeared for a few months. Literally, I saw words in the air as I was listening and I jumped up and started writing. At that moment, King P the producer became King P the artist!
Who inspired you to make music?
My inspiration comes from all the greats; however, Iam very self motivated! Music is apart of me and I am apart of music so it was natural to become an artist once I made the decision.
What are some of your favorite albums of all time?
Exodus - Bob Marley, Don't Be Cruel - Bobby Brown, 400 Degreez - Juvenile, DoggyStyle - Snoop Dog, Light Poles and Pine Trees - Field Mob, Thriller - Michael Jackson, The Black Album - Jay Z, We Walk by Faith - John P. Kee, The Life of Pablo - Kanye West, The Carter IV - Lil Wayne, Release Therapy - Ludacris, Speakerboxxx/The Love Below - Outkast, Deeper Than Rap - Rick Ross, Rappa Ternt Sanga - T-Pain, I'm Serious - T.I., Thugs Are Us - Trick Daddy, All Eyes on Me - Tupac, Life After Death - Biggie Smalls, Get Rich or Die Trying - 50 Cent.
Which one of your songs would you most like to make a video for?
We just filmed Music Video for "Slip N Slide" on March 29th and it is set to premiere on May 28th Memorial Day Weekend.
Along with my future projects and recent releases, I'd like to do music videos for songs on my first album which is a double disc CD "Cruisin/On The Job."
What is your favorite show that you have ever played?
Local shows are my favorite so far because these shows have been great to me as I witness people in the crowd sing my lyrics, dance and feel good during my performances. I've opened up for Tank and also the Atlantic Starr band but performing at the 2007 Superbowl in my hometown, Miami, Florida, a part of Prince HalfTime Show performance was amazing!
What countries do you wish you could perform in, and why?
Jamaica as it is where my entire family is from and obviously I love the culture. Brazil as I love the culture there as well and it seems they also enjoy my music as well. Dubia because it looks attractive, UK - London as I know they love music and I was close to wanting to relocate their. Honestly, I'd like to perform everywhere Worldwide. Iam a World Music Artist!
Who would you consider to be a non-music influence?
Kobe Bryant - from the moment I saw a clip of him back in 1996 he became my favorite player because of his style, passion and drive. Following him all the way till his passing I realize my personality is similar to his as he was very anal about his approach to his craft and to life. His preparation is intense.
How would you describe the music that you typically create?
Filled with GOOD VIBES! Feel good music!
What is one message you would give to your fans?
Learn yourself, love yourself, be true to yourself and everything will fall in place! Good Vibes to the World!
Do you sing in the shower? What songs?
Not as much as I used to but then I would sing any and every song that comes to mind. Now, the shower has become a spot for me just listen, hear, feel and appreciate life!
Do you prefer studio or performing live and why?
Performing live because it is a treat to be able to inspire people and to see people spirit uplift right in front of you. Nothing is better than human interaction in the name of Good Vibes, Good Energy!
What would you be doing right now, if it wasn’t for your music career?
Pursuing a career in Coaching (football/basketball) while growing as an entrepreneur!
Have you ever dealt with performance anxiety?
All the time...every single performance I feel nervous before I start and then it vanishes once I start!
What is the biggest show you have ever played?
2007 Superbowl in Miami, Fl. apart of Prince Superbowl Halftime Show performance. 2011 Juneteenth Festival Performance in Orlando, Fl. A few local festivals and shows in Tallahassee, Fl.
What’s the craziest thing that has happened to you on tour?
All or Nothing Tour January-March 2020 (ended early due to pandemic). Arriving in New York January 2020, getting on the subway a random dude wanted to grab my luggage and fight. I randomly sold my Saxophone while in Los Angeles. In Miami at Uncle Luke SuperBowl Car Show event during mic check, everyone there even in the other tents thought I was performing, so I drew a crowd before show time. It was good and bad because they was running behind schedule that they took that as my performance. However, because of that it led to a few more shows in Miami and some good relationships formed.
How do you feel the internet has impacted the music business?
The internet has opened the gate to the industry because it gives us direct access to people everywhere.
What is your favorite song to perform live?
Good Vibes because I can perform this song anywhere at anytime. It is a World song! However, I believe my new single "Slip N Slide" will be very fun to perform and could easily be my favorite!
What is the most trouble you’ve ever gotten into?
Listen and look at my music video (theatrical version) to my song Revolution Televised! I've had guns drawn on me by cops. In another experience I don't believe is mentioned in the song, I've been called a nigger by white cops. As a kid, I along with my brother was grabbed by police at the mall and literally thrown into a van to be intensely interrogated for about an hour for a crime we didn't commit.
What is the best advice you’ve been given?
Never quit what you start! No matter what, keep going! You made a hot song, so what, make another one! Love Yourself first and forgive yourself!
If you could change anything about the music industry, what would it be?
Going back to the days of scouting and finding real true talented artists in person!
What advice do you have for someone who wants to follow in your footsteps?
Be consistent, believe in your music, learn the music business, network/collab and don't be afraid to travel/leave your hometown if need be.
What’s next for you?
Featuring in a major film as the star actor and performing on the biggest festival stages as the world opens up from the pandemic are my short term goals. What's immediately next for me is the release of my "Slip N Slide" Music Video on May 28th. Then releasing more music and more already filmed unreleased music videos for songs like "Top Notch," "Tonight We Party," "Aloha," and "My Life in Time." Then as an independent record label owner (PALACE MUSIC RECORDS aka KINGP ENTERTAINMENT), I have a special artist single and EP we are getting ready to release in the next couple of months. I am very excited about this project just as Iam excited about my projects!