Big Greg is a phenomenal hip hop artist who is making a name for himself in the world of music! He is full of life and wisdom, and spreads messages of positivity in his music. Music runs through his veins and you can definitely hear his passion in his songs. We were thankful to have the opportunity to interview him to learn more about his musical history and some of his experiences working in the music industry thus far
Please tell us about your background and how you got started in the music industry.
I think music runs in my blood. My mom did music and her dad did music. My mom is a singer. She sings in church. Like a lot of good artists out now, I also started out in church. I definitely picked up music from my mom. My brother plays the guitar. In church, they needed a drummer, so I also started playing the drums.
What do you find most rewarding about being an artist?
The power of the music. Whenever I have a problem or a troublesome situation going on in my life, I can literally make the music that I want to hear. I can vent through that music and it’s like getting baptized. It helps deal with all kinds of situations. It’s almost magical, the power that music has. If you have the ability to make the music, it can be really rewarding.
What message(s) do you hope people will get out of your music?
I actually do not curse in any of my music or any crazy, vulgar language. With hip hop music, a lot of people want to associate it with negativity, but you can definitely be positive when creating hip hop. Some people are afraid of hip hop music. They’ll tell me, “Big Greg, you’ve got to be singing,” and I’m like “No, I’m rapping!” I try to create a positive light with hip hop music. Music that kids can listen to. It’s all positivity.
Name a place that you haven’t performed yet that you would love to travel to and why?
I would have to say anywhere overseas because I feel like when you hear about big artists that are like “eh” about going to different countries like it’s nothing. I feel like that’s huge. There are people vibing with your music in a place that you can’t even reach out and touch. Your music travels so far, further than you can travel. Anywhere overseas would be a blessing to be booked because I think it would validate everything I’m doing. It would say that these people over here know you, so keep doing what you’re doing.
Tell us what your experience was like performing at B.E.T. Hip Hop Awards Gifting Day and how did this experience affect you as an artist?
It was big for me. It was one of my first red carpet experiences. My manager kind of just dropped it on me like it was just another performance. I was thinking I’d be performing for like 5-10 people, or some outside event where people are just walking by. It was kind of weird knowing that people are looking at you and there are people that have already made it in the game. You’re wondering if they think you are good or what not. It was a good experience and it was different. I was performing for hundreds, probably thousands of people.
What criticisms, if any, do you have of today’s music industry, and how does your music differentiate from the current music culture?
For the music industry today, I wouldn’t even criticize new artists. I think the people who deserve criticism are the people who do the criticizing. A lot of people are bashing mumble rap or these other genres of music, but I just feel like if I start doing that then I’m getting old. I like that music is changing and doing different things. I embrace the change in the industry. I’m not going to diss anyone who is trying something new.
As far as how it differentiates, like I said, I do not curse, I don’t use the n-word in my music. And you can kind of hear everything I’m saying in my music. I keep my music clean and clear. I do believe in saying whatever I want to say because it’s my music.
Who are your biggest musical influences?
Well, I like the new Drake album right now. I’m a huge Drake fan. I remember I used to love listening to Lloyd Banks and vibing out to Lauryn Hill. I love older music.
Name your top three favorite songs currently.
Oh, wow. The song I’m listening to a lot right now is called “Mob Ties” from Drake’s newest album. There’s this song called “Bend It” by Maleek Berry that has an island type feel. Another favorite song is my song called “Oh No” and it’s just amazing. I love it. My management had the rough copy and they sent it off to be mastered. I hadn’t even heard the mastered copy before the final copy dropped at midnight. I was ready to hear it because the rough copy was sounding good as it is. I am so pleased with it. It sounds good. It features LaTruth.
Are you currently recording in the studio or are you releasing any new music soon?
I’m working on a new project called “G4.” I called it G4 because my first name is Greg and this my fourth project. I also associate it with being fly because it’s a fly project. That’s the next project we’re working on right now. Right now, we’re dropping singles and see which ones pop off before we drop G4. I have one song on there that’s just me and a friend of mine named Chelsea Locklear playing her guitar. It’ll be the intro to the project and it’s going to be an acoustic rap song. I’m excited about it and I hope you all get to hear it.
How can Level21 readers reach you? Any social media?
My Instagram, Facebook, Snapchat, Twitter are all the same: Big Greg Plk or @biggregplk. PLK stands for Punchline Kid, which was the rap name I had when I was younger. I would have rap battles with friends. We couldn’t freestyle, but we would drop punchlines on each each other. I became the Punchline Kid, then Punchline King, and then Punchline Killa until I eventually just said I need to start using my own name. There were two Gregs in my neighborhood and I was the bigger one, so that’s where Big Greg comes from.
Thank you so much for the fantastic interview, Big Greg! We wish you all the best in your career and we look forward to hearing more music from you soon!