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Posted: 3:15 p.m. Monday, April 9, 2012

P.I. Bang


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P.I. Bang

Forgive P.I. Bang if he comes across abrasive or aggressive. The same restlessness that landed him in hot water throughout his tumultuous life is the same relentless energy that has catapulted the charismatic rapper to the forefront of the new Orlando movement.

Born Prince Hoskins to Jamaican parents, P.I. learned early on that survival meant doing whatever was necessary. As one of four children raised by a single-mother working two jobs, at the age of 13 Bang began selling crack only to quickly change to marijuana due to the ease of sale.

Despite being a bright child and teen, school never seemed to captivate P.I. Bang the way getting money or his radio could. Catching his first charge at 14 for Grand Theft Auto, by 12th grade Bang found himself kicked out of high school for good and immediately thrust in the real world.

Nevertheless, the hustling spirit within thrived and P.I.Bang jumped head-first unto the perils of street life and fast cash. Countless arrests led to many jail stints and a seemingly never-ending cycle of probation. It also contributed enough experiences and capital to start the promising career seen today.

Investing in his own underground radio show on 94 Raw in 2001, P.I. Bang served as the bad-guy battle rapper consistently serving verbal beat-downs to the more pop-friendly hip-hop acts coming out of Orlando at the time.

“It used to be New York rappers that were making all the noise in my city. I hated that! And I used to go hard at all of em- ALL of em,” Bang emphatically announces to his captive audience.

Constant hustling led to constant cash-flow as P.I. Bang routinely broke bread with club promoters to open for major acts visiting the O and have his music spun on popular nights. Between his knack for creating successful business relationships and city-wide notoriety for hustling, P.I. Bang’s infamy grew and a legend was born.

However, his street-mentality continued to catch up to him until 2008 when P.I heard a friend of his on radio while serving time at 33rd Street Jail.

“I told everybody in there with me that I was going to get on the radio once I got out. I was going to do whatever it takes!”

Connecting with rising Atlanta-based super-producer Zaytoven (Gucci Mane, OJ da Juiceman, Usher), Bang created the hit “Trap Keep Jumpin”, a song he first performed for a captive club audience the same day he finished recording it. After enough DJs and fans hounded him for a version they could play, P.I. Bang realized the record had legs when his unmixed creation was soon spinning on radio airwaves.

In the summer of ‘09, P.I. hired Orlando workhorses CSR Promotions to help promote the song and a Florida run with 13,000 copies quickly followed. Now a bonafide movement with booked shows and paid features, P.I. Bang’s most recent offering Banglando: The Takeover hosted by Disco J.R. is taking FL by storm with no sign of slowing down.

“However far this music goes, I’m good. I can take care of my family and I don’t even need a record label to take care of me,” Bang states as the interview draws to a close.

With a stormy past behind him and a bright future upon him, it safe to say that P.I. Bang is more than prepared for whatever may come his way.

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