[Fresh Notes] – Big P talks inspiration, challenges and the power of music

How a small-town rapper is making waves in the music industry with his authentic sound and positive message

Written by Phetolo Sematha, Images by Big P

“With his passion for music and unique sound, Benedict Phakedi Mokobi, better known by his stage name, Big P, is set to make waves in the hip-hop industry. Hailing from the small town of Musina in Limpopo, South Africa, this young artist has been making music since he was 13 years old. His unwavering dedication to his craft has led him to where he is today – on the verge of stardom.”

In this exclusive interview, Big P talks about his life, music and goals for the future.

 

Early inspiration and name choice

Growing up, Big P was exposed to the world of music through his father, David Mokobi, who was a local DJ at Musina FM radio station. He was particularly inspired by American rapper Eminem and was drawn to the genre of hip-hop. At the age of 13, he started writing verses and kept them to himself until his friends discovered his talent during Grade 9. When he entered the music industry, he decided to stick with the name “Big P”, which is derived from his childhood nickname and his first name.

“My dad’s been in the game for over two decades now, and he’s still as passionate about it as he was in the beginning. His dedication and determination motivate me to be the best artist that I can be,” he said.

 

Challenges faced and overcoming them

Every artist faces challenges in their career, and Big P is no exception. He recalls one particularly challenging moment when he had a fallout with his first producer. Finding another reputable producer was difficult, but he eventually found someone he could trust.

“It was a tough time for me because I had to find someone who could capture my sound and vision just like my first producer. After a long search, I found someone who is just as great, though a bit more expensive,” said Big P.

However, Big P advises upcoming artists to always be patient and to trust their instincts when it comes to their music.

“Your music should reflect who you are and what you stand for as an artist. Never compromise on your vision and keep working hard,” he added.

Differentiating sound

In a market inundated with local sounds that all sound the same, Big P differentiates himself through his cadences, lyrics and content. His authenticity and unique perspective allow him to produce work that is different, authentic and anything but ordinary.

 

Creative Process

Big P’s creative process is fluid and changes with every song he creates. He draws inspiration from different sources and makes music based on how he is feeling at any given moment. Big P creates a product that he is happy with, which reflects his mindset and embodies his authentic sound.

 

Upcoming projects and themes in his music

Big P is excited about his upcoming singles and EP. He hopes to showcase his versatility and establish a stable fan base. In terms of themes, he aims to convey positivity and spread a message of love, loyalty and respect.

“I want to make music that people can relate to and find comfort in. There’s so much negativity in the world, and if I can make someone’s day a little better through my music, then I’ve achieved my goal,” he notes.

 

Collaborating with other artists

When collaborating with other artists, Big P emphasises the importance of vibing with the artist and feeling their energy. In the future, he is open to working with artists both in and out of town.

He said: “I’m always interested in working with other artists who share the same passion and drive as me. If I feel the energy is right, then it’s a go.”

 

Final thoughts

Big P’s rise to fame is just beginning, and he has accomplished so much in such a short amount of time. By remaining true to himself and his sound, he is making a name for himself and setting himself apart from other artists in the industry.

“I don’t focus on becoming a big star; I focus on making music that resonates with people. Fame and fortune will come eventually, but what’s important is to be genuine and heartfelt in what I do,” he states.

With his music, Big P aims to create a sense of unity and bring people together. His authenticity and talent have already captured the hearts of his fans, and it’s clear that he is on his way to becoming an icon in the world of hip-hop.

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Twitter: @BIGPSA1

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