Loud Pack

Interview with Peter Haze and A.W. The Prezident

Anything that makes me nod my head is worth a listen to the lyrics. I listen to my music extra loud, always have. Shit, I’m actually about to get a system in the car so I can take my loudness with me. So I listened to these guys, chilled with them in the studio, and immediately got inspired by their grind. Needless to say, everything in that studio was loud. The sound in that mug can’t even be described–you just have to hear it.  And that’s not the only loud I’m talking about. That’s why they call ’em the Loud Pack.

Loud Pack

I took the time to get to know what inspired them to rap. They are in the early stages of making their brand known to the world, and their work ethic is phenomenal.  They don’t just sit around hoping to get a deal. They’re young and humble with big dreams. They believe in each other and themselves so they’ll make it. They work for a living too. That says a lot about their work ethic right there.

A.W. The Prezident

(@awtheprezident)

http://soundcloud.com/anthony-prezident-williams

“I AM THE PREZIDENT, that’s my brand. I’m branding myself like that because, one, I obviously look like him, and I’m just a young black man trying to make it where they say I can’t. Just like the real Obama did. I’m not super ghetto and I’m not covered in tattoos and I don’t adopt swag. That’s what the Prezident stands for.”

A.W. The Prezident

“When I was like 12, I didn’t have the most privileged life living in California and at one point lived in a church where I learned to play piano. I even started makin beats but then I stopped. Right before my father died he bought me a keyboard and after he died that’s when I said I was gonna make it in music.”

“Back when I lived in Cali I used to play the piano and make beats but all my homies rapped. Then one day they said I should start freestyling with them. I was about 15 then. In 5 years I hope to have a deal by then. I wanna be selling records and be on tours and doing shows and videos within five years. Shit, in five years I’ll be 30 so it’s crunch time!”

“I’m just promoting myself however I can whether it be online, in person or at clubs and stuff. I’ve even made t-shirts that have my twitter tag and logo on them. Right now I represent me cuz ain’t nobody gonna do it for me. Ya know?”

Peter Haze

(@Peter_Haze)

http://soundcloud.com/peter-haze1

“Really I’m just your average-everyday guy trying to make it doin’ what I love. I don’t know if I fit a ‘brand’ really. You might hear some lyrics that touch on social issues, you might hear some hood shit, you might hear some player shit. Just know that it’ll be brought to you in a way that will get your head nodding and your mind thinking.”

A.W. The Prezident and Peter Haze

“I first picked up a pen and put it to the paper about two years ago. In five years, I just want to be making a living making this music. I’ve always been a fan of hip hop/rap and I just didn’t like a lot of what was coming out and literally said ‘I can do better than this shit’ so I recorded four songs on my phone, played them for four or five people and they all said three out of the four songs were good. I figured was a good ratio so I kept  fuckin with it”

“Icon at City Dump Records (@citydumprecords) is a monster! It’s like he knows how I want it to sound without me telling him. I just let him do his thing and chime in on little tweaks. The first song I recorded with him was “Skitzo”. I almost shed a tear because it was the first time I actually heard what was in my head blastin’ through the studio. It was pretty much a milestone for me and I’ve been goin hard in the studio ever since.”

Nap Town’s Own City Dump Records
http://citydumprecords.com/

“It depends on the beat. I’ve found that I write songs depending on the mood the beat puts me in. That’s how you get songs like “Ridin”. I put the beat on repeat, light a blunt, close my eyes and picture myself ridin through the city at night, then I get songs like the track title, ‘Behind the Smoke Screen’ where I just had some real shit to get off my chest and it came spilling through the pen.”

Loud Pack Life