P.BLACKK x MULTITUDES STUDIO
Pedro Fequiere Jr. is a multi-dimensional Hip-Hop artist who is based in Los Angeles, CA. He creates through rapping, beat-making, illustrating, animating, and traditional painting. Throughout those mediums a common thread has been self-expression, self-examination, and historical exploration. Through that process his works are often timely, yet timeless. Always drawing inspiration from his ever-changing surroundings and the minds that come from those surroundings his work is reflective of the environment and his relationship to those environments. To see more of his work visit www.friendscallmep.com or follow @friendscallmep on Instagram.
Q: Do you have a mission / vision that you work towards with your music?
A: I think my mission is to reflect the times we live in. I want to be able to get that reflection of the times we live in as clear as possible, that's the vision I'm constantly working towards.
Q: Where did you start on your music journey and how does that compare to where you are now? Where do you hope to be in the future?
A: I started rapping in church with my partner who was also our Pastor's son. I personally don't think I've veered too far off when I look at where I am now. I think belief in a higher power, mystery of the unknown, and talking about the good, the bad, the ugly when it comes to the soul and flesh are still a heavy focus in my music. Just maybe not through a baptist lens like in my youth. I hope to be in the same place in the future. With more knowledge, wisdom, understanding, money, and confidence in my craft.
Q: What advice could you give to others on how to be a better ally to the black community?
A: I wish I truly knew what it takes to be a better ally. Honestly, I'm still learning these things myself. I don't have a tried and true answer. It's a lifelong journey so if you're not down for life, then maybe you should reconsider. Once you've made that decision, you have to be steadfast in that alliance. It's parasitic when someone is an ally for the culture, but not the environment that creates the culture which is rarely as beautiful as the culture it creates. History has proven us to be constantly in the crosshairs protecting other minority groups and even America itself. It doesn't seem to come back around when we need protecting, from what I've seen.
I believe it's important to use your voice to affect change, but it's also important to appreciate these cultural roses that grow from concrete without plucking them and pressing them into your own books. That's how you kill the flower and that's when the original beauty dies. Analogy aside, I think showing up is really the best way to be an ally. Showing up to a protest, rally, community gathering, fundraiser, etc.
Speaking out against injustice when you see it happening to others, but even when you're own prejudices pop-up. Not caring that it could be a "buzzkill" to bring up how it might not be OK for someone to say something or do something that's inappropriate. We have the power to normalize these things.
I also believe that when you're an ally it's equally important to take a step back and allow the community to exist without your input or even your voice. Help the community thrive, but also be cognizant when you're staking claim on the voices and struggles of the community. Overall, at the core, it means genuinely loving and caring about black people.
Q: What inspires the words that your write?
A: The list is endless! Anything that evokes emotion for me inspires the words I write. I'm an emotional person. I cried when I first heard the beat to "God Lives Through" by A Tribe Called Quest. So everything under the sun can invoke emotion and potentially inspire something.
Q: What were your feelings when you wrote these lines in your song Blakyaw? What is your relationship to these words now?
A: When I wrote this song in 2018, it was just frustration and anger. I was living in a blissful state of ignorance prior to writing it, and there were a lot of filmed acts of violence happening against black men and women at the hands of the police and even at the hands of "citizens”. If you look at the Charleston shooting, that shook me to my core, but then subsequently woke me up. The words I wrote in that song are still ones I identify with, but in retrospect, when you rely solely on rage and frustration to create or express yourself, a lot of small, but important details can get forgotten or lost.