After Nearly Three Decades, Mr. P Chill Is Still Keeping Traditional Hip Hop Alive

A look into the 27 year career of an emcee who does it for nothing more than an undeniable love of hip hop music and culture.

Mr. P Chill is an independent hip hop emcee and producer with over two decades of experience as a recording and touring artist. With the most recent release of his 13th full length album, Funky Uncle Chill (2018), there is no sign that this Sacramento hip hop legend is stopping any time soon. Beginning his career as a recording artist in Sacramento, CA in 1992 with the release of his former group’s first cassette single, Chill has not only embraced what it means to be an emcee, but has also shown a flair for entrepreneurism as he has chosen the path of independence. 

Over the next ten years, he remained active with his former group, recording and performing as well as being involved in the production of various projects from other Sacramento artists. Around the turn of the century, Chill was less active with music as he was faced with a crossroad. In 2001, he disbanded his original group and decided to go solo. The first release was his self titled debut album in 2002. Also that year, Chill began touring the West Coast, performing shows in various bars and small music venues in support of this record. By 2007, Chill was performing an average of 50-60 shows a year all over California, Nevada, Oregon and Washington, while maintaining a full time day job. In 2010, after burning the candle at both ends for a decade, Mr. P Chill went walked away from the 9 to 5 and devoted 100% of his energy to music and touring. 

In the nine years since, he has expanded his touring to cover the entire US at least once per year, alongside smaller regional tours throughout the year. Chill spends on average, ⅔ of every calendar year on the road, performing songs, selling merchandise and most importantly, connecting with fans.

Also in recent years, Mr. P Chill has had the pleasure of collaborating in the studio and sharing the stage with legendary emcees such as Spyder-D, 2Mex, Percee P, The Great Peso (Fearless Four), Sach Illpages (The Nonce), Sage Francis, Bone Thugs-N-Harmony, Terminology, Masta Ace and Fatlip (The Pharcyde), just to name a few.  Most notably, his single with hip hop pioneer, Spyder-D, entitled “No Regrets” spent several months in rotation on college radio from coast to coast in late 2015. In October 2015 the song was featured by the legendary founder of Public Enemy, Chuck D, on his weekly radio show, “Songs That Mean Something”, on WBAI Radio in NYC and streamed worldwide on rapstation.com.  In March 2017, Mr. P Chill and The Great Peso of the legendary Fearless Four released a single called “R U Wit It” which enjoyed regular airplay on college radio and on rapstation.com.  On the  weekly radio show, Hip Hop Gods Radio, the single charted for 13 weeks, peaking at #1 in July 2017.

The future looks bright for Mr. P Chill, a man who remains focused as he is in his prime. Chill is guided by his positive attitude, heartfelt lyrics and his connection to hip hop’s golden era. Some people say that when you get to be over 30 years old, your career as a musician or performer is nearing it’s end, but for Mr. P Chill at 45, he seems to be gaining more momentum than ever!

On Friday, May 17 th , Mr. P Chill released his new single, “Where Do We Go?” on all digital platforms. This track asks the question of what direction is society taking during a particularly turbulent time in history. Chill starts off the track with “When the world starts looking like WorldStar/You know down deep in your heart/We ain’t come that far” and proceeds to address issues facing people in 2019. Always known for having political theses to his music “Where Do We Go?” will not disappoint listeners. The simple hook, sung by Mr. P Chill, “Where do we go?/Where do we go?/I don’t know” will remain stuck in the heads of listeners who will find themselves singing it long after listening to the track. 

About a month later, on June 28 th , Mr. P Chill released another single, “Hungover”. This song, which features constant collaborator J.Smo, tells a story that so many listeners can relate to: the morning after a night of excessive overindulgence in alcohol. Taking inspiration from the late, great Johnny Cash’s song “Sunday Moring Coming Down” Chill and Smo walk you through a groggy landscape of fumbling about the house trying to not vomit. The simple hook, “I’m so hungover” from a sample of a song by Brazil’s YMA drives this visual home.

Though he was featured in recently released Lifoti's January/February 2020 issue 11, you can check it from below link's for your country:

1 comment:

  1. Thank you for including me in your latest issue, much respect!