P Reign has been playing the long game – he’s not looking to snatch 15 minutes of fame and disappear, although we’ve no doubt that he easily could. Time after time he’s shown off his ability to share the booth with the biggest artists in the game; Drake, Meek Mill, Future, A$AP Rocky, French Montana. When we catch up with him, he’s in Sony’s London offices after touring the country in support of his latest project Dear America.
The project comes in two parts, a free mixtape, and an EP, which slot into one another to form the overall listening experience, immersing the listener into the streets of Galloway, Toronto where P Reign grew up, meeting a young Drake in his teenage years and setting off a spark that made the world pay attention to a city – and an entire country – which was otherwise ignored in hip-hop.
It feels like now is the time for P Reign to take the recognition he deserves.
Why did you call the project Dear America?
Being that I can’t go to America. I got into trouble a while back, so unfortunately I haven’t been able to cross the border into America in over a decade. So the project is conceptually about not being able to cross the border. When you want to be one of the biggest hip-hop artists in the world, it’s almost imperative that you’re able to go to the States because that’s the stomping grounds for all of the top artists. Not being able to go there was the biggest thing that was holding me back from achieving my dreams and being successful, so just my frustrations with that all translated into this one project. So conceptually it’s all about that.