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The ever-growing roots of hip hop music have sprouted many styles and sub-genres, embracing other forms of music in her immeasurable bosom to form a tapestry of music far too complex to put a finger on. From its loud introduction in the late 70s, hip hop has the art of change down to a science. From conscious rap to gangsta rap, hip hop has sported many titles. But just as the culture has changed, so has its artists. However, her latest offspring, P.D.A, is..something else.
Born May 20 1984, to Reba McGuffey, Anthony Jenkins become very proficient in music composition and performance very early. While P.D.A.'s story is not riddled with tales of violence, abusive childhoods or inner-city angst, the musical origin of this Tulsa, Oklahoma native is not a-typical of his hip hop brethren.
At the age of 13 he joined the Tulsa Youth Opera and performed in many off Broadway productions such as Joseph and The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, and Aida. P.D.A's (which means Public Display of Afflection) love for music didn't stop there. He developed an instant appreciation for all genres of music. Some of his idols include Jim Croce, DJ Quik, Jody Gnant, Timbaland, Nancy Sinatra, and Billy Ocean. Just like hip hop, he began to weave these influences together to form his unique rap style. By the age of 14, he knew that he wanted a career in the music industry, but he never knew what for.
P.D.A continued to rap for the next few years but never took the genre seriously until about age 17. On his journey to get an album recorded, he came across Big Wolf Entertainment which accepted him into their family of artists, writers and producers. After a year or so with BWE and no progress, P.D.A. decided he needed to break away from the company. He took his ideas and music and started his own company named Squaresoft, after his favorite video game company that switched names. The first artist he signed on SS was Trip C, a rap/rock artist that he met while working at BWE, they formed a musical partnership and has performed for thousands all over the Midwest opening for people such as Tech N9ne, and Twiztid (among others). He produced and helped write the Trip C album Flush Please and it soon became the first album released on SS Productions. the album has sold hundreds of copies around the Midwest and is being played on local radio stations. The second artist he signed on to Squaresoft was a skilled kid by the name of Kawnar, well beyond his years in recording and performance.. P.D.A. saw this and accepted him into his family, they are both currently working on finishing up Kawnar's first release under SS, Pandora's Box. Now P.D.A. was on the right path, he met up with Kansas City, MO Artist, Phantom and after hearing his unique production and lyrics.. signed him.
On his journey to finishing up his sophomore album Act I - The Next Concept, P.D.A. realized that he wouldn't be able to release the album as he intended, since some of the artists on it were with the last studio he was with.. "…the album has always been a curse." So he scrapped the 25 some tracks he had completed for it.. As for what P.D.A. is doing now? He has been producing for some of the hottest people in the game right now, like Phillipian, Monkey Block, Trauma, Infamous, J-Life, Tra-G, Big Hank, and just singed on to work on JaQuay's new album. He is also in the studio working (and almost done with) his third album "Act II - A Different Victim" ..a very strange and mood filled album. As it seems now, even when beat up and kicked, P.D.A. will always stand, and never stop. P.D.A.'s unique style promises to breathe much needed life back into a genre that seems to be dying at her roots.
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