Breakout: "Heard About Me"

Also Check: "Square" (Prod. by Sneakerknockerz)

And: "This The Life" featuring Waka Flocka

Name: Privaledge

Age: 23

Reppin’: Philly

My style and/or skills have been compared to: People tell me that I have more of a East Coast style influenced by the South, but I feel like im influenced from everywhere/everybody. (East Coast, Midwest, Down South, West Coast, and Bay Area). I say that because I lived in so many places. I grew up in Philly living with my mom, lived in Florida, Arizona, L.A., and now im in Oklahoma. I just learned to adapt. I know it sounds crazy but traveling has a lot to do with my sound. I just love to listen to rappers/singers from all over (Bun B, Wayne, Jay-Z, E-40, Keri Hilson, Beyonce, Eminem, Rick Ross, Waka Flocka, T.I.). The rapper that I'm mostly compared to is Jadakiss probably because my voice and delivery. Maybe because I listened to him a lot as a kid. I respect his consistency in the rap game, you always know you're going to get "real" rap from Kiss.

My standout records and/or moments have been: To be honest I don't really feel like I've had that stand out moment yet but i know its coming REAL soon. We've been getting a lot of attention out here in the Midwest and West Coast. Especially with this new track I dropped with Kevin Durant "Worried Bout Tomorrow" which was unexpected because he's not even a rapper (he's a basketball star). But I've been working a lot with DJ Skee and released my last mixtape The Playbook that was probably the best look we've had so far. The hottest song on that tape probably was the "Sh*tted On Em" freestyle I did with Kendrick Lamar who is on tour with Drake right now, and "This The Life" featuring Waka Flocka. I got to work in the studio with both Waka and Kendrick and that was a crazy experience for me. Especially meeting Waka because you can tell that he's just having fun with the music he make. He don't care about what people think.

I’m gonna change the game by: I'm gonna change the game just by delivering my story alone. I feel like I got a story to tell that can help the people that come from "Nothing" just like me and the friends I've grew up with. Coming from Philly, you learn to work with what you got, make something out of nothing. Besides I always know in the back of my mind, its somebody going through the same struggles that im going through even if its embarrassing to mention. So im gonna give the industry my life and pray it help somebody else. People call/text my phone everyday from back home and tell me how much I motivate them. That's what matters the most to me.

I’d Like to Work With: As far as a rapper, I want to work with T.I. because he's one of my favorite artists. I been listening to T.I. since I was younger. Male R&B artist I would say either Jerimih or Lloyd, and female R&B artist Mariah Carey and Beyonce. Another artist I'm looking forward to working with is Missy. I think she's really talented and creative especially when she's working with Timberland. That might be my dream collab. Me, Missy, Timberland, and Jay-Z.

My goal in hip-hop is: My goal in hip-hop is to bring a sound to the game that wouldn't be expected by a Philly artist, and to keep attention on my city. I want people to remember me forever because they could relate to my story.

I’m gonna be the next: I say this all the time, even though it may sound cocky, but I'm going to be "Your next favorite rapper, whether you like it or not." Legend.

To check out more of my music go to: Check out more of my music and videos at and follow me @PRIVALEDGE.

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