As with most good things they take time and sure PJ has definitely put in a lot of time and hard work to get to where she is so far. Although, she’s one of the best songwriter’s and singers of our time she still doesn’t feel like she’s where she’d like to be just yet but that doesn’t mean her music isn’t Grammy award winning already. Luckily, for the fans new and old she’s been blessing the world with some amazing records like I Mean It, Wishlist, Tell Me, and more. After working with so many other talented artists including K-Camp, Hit-boy, Jevon Doe, and Lupe Fiasco she’s still hasn’t felt that big break has come her way just yet, because she is easily one of the most talented artists I’ve come across since powering Stereo Champions up some years ago.
Literally her music shares the heart and essence of what it’s like being a ‘normal person’ in this big ass weird world we call life where now-a-days everyone act like everything is perfect and life is gravy via Instagram and Snapchat feeds. Frankly, for a person like myself who recently experienced having their mothers house burn down and losing three close family members in less than two months, I needed music like PJ’s to understand that every day in life is not all peachy keen all the time but that doesn’t mean it’s the end all be all, you got to keep pushing for your dreams and staying positive. Her music gives me and many of her other true fans life and that’s something that should never be taken lightly.
I represent so many people, so many people that aren’t where they want to be. —PJ
Thankfully, last week she released, this amazing song titled, “Gangster,” which I immediately related to after working a dead-end job at a consulting company while making six-figures as my soul died slowly and I felt physically sick every day I walked through that revolving door. Since her new single, Gangster, has come out I’ve played it as loud as I could and on repeat while reciting the lyrics to the hook like a mad man because I feel that shit, “I wanna be the nice guy but the nice guy always get stepped on / man fuck all that smiling / I really wanna be gangsta, I really want to be the type that don’t take shit from no one / man I rather be gangster / seems like this gangster shit is so much fun!” Now tell me that’s not something that goes through your mind at least 1,000 times a day when you’re working with dick heads that apparently forget that you’re not a machine but you’re actually a human being. Hell, the closest song I could think of that gave me a similar feeling when hearing it was Good Morning by Kanye West on his album Graduation. That was like the realest shit ever to hear, Kanye West say, “And after all of that you receive this good morning.” When I first hear PJ song Nickels & Dimes, I was like man she’s definitely in my top 10 R&B singers and I can’t wait to see her perform live and get a chance to really see how she interacts with crowds and fans.
If you’re not all the way familiar with PJ you’re definitely in luck as she has put together a short video to detail her story of her come up and where she began. Being a sweet southern bell from North Carolina and a Los Angeles implant to chase her dream didn’t pay off for her right away when she landed in the City of Angels. After things didn’t pick up right away for her in Los Angeles she woman’d up and got a job just like many of the other starving actors in Los Angeles chasing a dream but she did not let discourage her about what she originally went there to do (make great music and become a star). Once she got serious about her music she quit her job at Ralph’s as a bagger and got back in the studio. What I love most about her journey is the fact that she did have to be broke, experience working a meaningless job, and having time to reflect on the value she could add to the world as an artist. I say this because it’s allowed her to make some damn good music that’s relatable, which most of it would’ve been platinum selling albums had we been in the 90s a long time ago. Fortunately, for the fans and influencers alike we are able to enjoy a lot of great music and see her experimental phase of her career by stalking her SoundCloud and social media feeds. This is something most of us take for granted, like really think about if Andy Warhol, Billie Holliday, and Jean-Michel Basquiat had a Snapchat or SoundCloud. I bet you there would be a ton of gems on there but you’ll also see work they put together before they really became the icons they later became. I feel like this is where PJ is she’s still working hell hard and we’re looking at her sketches, first drafts, and test flights but once she slaps the world over the head with her LP it’s going to be a wrap.
If you’d like to get more familiar with PJ’s music you can definitely follow her online at her website and on every social media network @justpeej. Now press play and check out her story and be sure to support her music.