More About Metro PWest Coast rapper and entrepreneur METRO P has been involved in music projects that have sold over 300,000 units nationwide. He has managed to capture the magnitude of an icon in the essence of his music and yet he maintains his own sound and style.
Growing up in San Francisco, Metro P was heavily influenced by hip-hop icons including LL Cool J, Biggie, Tupac, Dr. Dre, Eminem, Rick Ross and Lil Wayne. Each artist, each song, each lyric flamed Metro P’s passion for great music and at the age of 10 years old, led him to a career path that would quickly put him in front of the mic.
“Metro P,” a combining form of connecting the p’s that best describe him as an artist----politician, poet, playboy, prophet and painter, is quickly being seen as one of the most promising lyricist to come out of the Bay Area. His own solo mixtapes and albums, released under his own company Swaggaville Entertainment, have amassed 86,000 units to date.
Taking the earnings from his music career, METRO P became a true entrepreneur and invested his money into California and Texas real estate. He couldn’t have chosen a more perfect time; the real estate boom more than quadrupled his investments and placed METRO P at the helm of his own destiny, a destiny that would soon take him back to his musical roots.
In 2007 with the real estate boom starting to recede, METRO P felt it was time to switch hustles and attack his music career again with full force. He began working on his upcoming album “Prophet or Playboy Vol.I: The Rebirth” and enlisted features from such notable artists such as Bobby Valentino, Young Buck, E-40, and Jimmie Reign with production by Sha Money XL, Tha Bizness, and Key Kat among others. The lead single “Lavish” featuring DTP crooner Bobby Valentino has received rave reviews from numerous DJ’s and websites like Allhiphop.com. The single gained much notoriety with the Dr. Teeth (Fat Joe, TI) directed video which generated over 400,000 views on Youtube.com and was featured on popular urban blog Concreteloop.com.
The success of “Lavish” caught the attention of Def Jam Records’ Executive Vice President, the late Shakir Stewart. Recognizing the songs potential, Shakir introduced METRO P to Def Jam’s Vice President of A&R Lenny Santiago. The three were to begin formulating a roll out plan for METRO’s debut album two weeks prior to Stewart’s untimely death. After taking some time off to mourn his dearly departed mentor, METRO is back and ready to unleash what is set to be one of the best projects to originate on the West Coast in years. The personal album deals with the eternal contradiction of “The Soul and The Flesh”. When asked why he entitled his album “Prophet or Playboy” METRO responds “Prophet or Playboy is the definition of my life. I'm in touch with my soul and have a strong relationship with God, but I love fleshly things as well. My rhymes are sometimes deep though like a Prophet, but at the same time I am flashy, something like a playboy. This explains the true nature of my complete self.”
Not just your average, run-of-the-mill independent rapper, METRO is a real hustler. From music to real estate to clothing (he co-owns Ashai Clothing) METRO is set to follow in the footsteps of moguls such as Jay Z, P Diddy and Russell Simmons. These days everyone wants to be a star. What separates METRO from the masses is the means, ends, business sense, and hustle to do it right.
“Swaggaville Entertainment is still here ‘cause we supposed to be here,” METRO states. “We here cause we sacrificed to get here. We here cause we worked to get here. We going to stay here until its time for me to find my next hustle, ya dig...”
Metro P has proven himself to be a likely heavy-weight contender in the entertainment world. A creative mind, a business mind and true performer, this Bay Area lyricist is on the verge of creating history.
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