Article by: Justyn W. Brodsky
Born and raised in Detroit, MI, Atlanta-based artist P-81 found his craft with rapping at the age of 12 and began hitting the ground running. With a vast array of influences from industry heavyweights like 2Pac, Biggie, Nas and a host of others, he quickly became a vital voice in the hip hop community and was destined to be heard. His clever lyrical wordplay, cool demeanor and harsh realities, makes him the perfect recipe for what the game has been missing – substance. In 2010, P-81 founded Men of Business Empire LLC and recruited best friend and business partner Kenneth “KC” Carter to hop on board. The two released a compilation showcasing some of Detroit’s best underground talent titled “At Work 1st Shift”. The MOB Train was moving and in full effect with the momentum to keep going.
A year later, creative differences caused a brief derailment in the movement and the established Artist/CEO began to put his focus on releasing a project of his own. In 2013, P-81 released a mixtape titled “City of Dreams” with features from Cash Kola (Detroit artist) and Black Ryan (Cleveland artist). This wasn’t your average club banging mixtape. The project covered several crucial topics that many stray away from within the industry out of fear of ridicule, judgment and/or being blackballed. After the release of the mixtape, tragedy hit home and P-81 had to put his career on pause for awhile and ultimately went on an indefinite hiatus. By 2017, things started to pick back up for the rising artist and eventually shifted back into gear. He began talking to his partner again about the prospect of revamping their initial movement, but doing it bigger and better with a much greater focus than before. And by 2018, the ball was well and rolling until tragedy suddenly struck again. This time with the unexpected and sudden passing of his business partner and 1/2 of the M.O.B. movement, Kenneth “KC” Carter. The two were rolling out a new movement called “F.A.M.O.” (For All My Oppressors) at the time and had incorporated a long term mentee and artist by the name Mic Brown as a key element.
In late 2019, P-81 was hit yet again with the worst tragedy anyone could ever experience…the loss of his oldest twin son. Unfortunately, P-81 was in a common situation that many men face today – fighting the system and mother to be a father to his children. His son was 16 years old and had just started to reach out to him for guidance when his life was suddenly cut short. This was extremely devastating as he prayed and waited for years to build with his sons. Unfortunately, many men don’t get a chance to tell their story until they’re behind bars. Though a free man, P-81 says he has a story to tell for fathers alike by speaking truth and spreading awareness…even if it means he’s “Trapped Behind Bars”.
- Listen to the single on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Jx_-DqfGqQ
The single is also available on Tidal, Spotify, Google Play, iTunes, and all other digital music streaming platforms.
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