Rappers usually come from specific places. Atlanta, LA, New York. And in each town they tend to take on similar characteristics over time – someone sets the tone and everyone else follows. But PJ Lucid doesn't fall into this trap. Because he comes from everywhere. Born and raised a military brat, the rapper spent all of his childhood going from city to city. And while he may not have established roots in one location, he did manage to take the essence of each town with him, and transpose it in his new album Stranger Than Fiction.
“When I was 14 a psychic told me that I would be working with Snoop Dogg one day,” he explained. “Ever since then I've been making music.”
Raised on everything from Marvin Gaye to Aaliyah, PJ started out writing rhymes in a composition notebook and recording beats on a portable audio recorder. Always on the move he keep it minimal – using a $7 microphone from The Navy Exchange and a pirated version of Cool Edit Pro. But it wasn't long until he made his way to the studio, where he went on to record his debut effort Crucial Fiction EP and his follow-up mixtape Blue Lit Temple. Now on his third release, Stranger Than Fiction is the culmination of years of experience.
"Life is often too real and can bless us with distractions disguised as lessons," he said.
No distraction about it, Stranger Than Fiction is PJ primed and focused. Inspired by Outkast and Kanye West, songs like the title track, “Neo In The Matrix" display his charismatic flow and mic skills – combined with a thing or two he picked up at each stop along the way.
“I want people to know that they aren't the only one that thinks outside out of boundaries. The human experience is not what it's advertised to be and we don't have to pretend that it is.”