PURPMAN KASH INTERVIEW: FLORIDA’S MUSIC SCENE, JEEZY’S INFLUENCE TO HIP HOP & “CAN’T BAN THE PURPMAN” MIXTAPE
PurpMan Kash is an indie hip-hop artist out of the St. Petersburg, Florida area. Since releasing his mixtape “Loud Packs and Racks” in 2012, he’s been on his music grind ever since.
PMK recently released his first EP Can’t Ban the PurpMan featuring the lead single, “Jeezy,” which was by produced by King Drumdummie. PMK wanted to pay his respect to Jeezy after he announced that he would be retiring from music following his last studio album, TM104.
We got a chance to check out the details of Purpman’s EP, “Can’t Ban the PurpMan,” Florida’s music scene and what to expect from him for the rest of 2018.
You’re currently pushing your debut mixtape, Can’t Ban The PurpMan. Tell me how this mixtape came about.
I was in the studio listening to beats and I heard the beat from DrumDummie – I immediately went into the booth and came up with the record “Jeezy.” Before we started listening to beats we were talking about the news of the day, which was that Jeezy announced his next album would be his final before retiring from music. From there I recorded 4 more records and decided to put them all together on an EP. I decided to use a line from “Jeezy,” for the name of the EP, Can’t Ban the PurpMan, which was the inspiration for the project.
You have a song called “Jeezy”. Why did you come up with the song?
I came up with the record as a way of paying homage to Jeezy and his music career after he announced that this album will be his last album and his retirement from music.
Do you feel that Jeezy is an influence to hip hop? How?
Of course! Jeezy, Gucci and T.I. created the down south trap sound and trap music. People gravitated to them because they were real. They were actually living the life that they were rapping about and that’s why Jeezy has always been someone I feel like I can relate to coming up in the streets and trying to make my way in the music industry.
Describe your creative process.
When I’m listening to beats and hear something that resonates with me and my mood, I spend some time vibing with it to come up with the direction that I want to take the record. From there, I hop in the booth and run with it. I’m not a pen and paper type of guy. I like for my music to be real reflections of me and what I’m thinking or feeling at that moment. I know that some artists do it differently, but for me, when I try to write something down, it feels somewhat fake and I tend to over-think and pick at every word. So I’d rather run with what’s on my mind at the moment when I’m recording.
What would you say your music style is?
I honestly don’t think I have a music style. Whatever I’m feeling that day is what motivates the records that I make. My style is pretty diverse. I’ll do a street record, a club record and something for the ladies all in one session. It really just depends on my mood, and that’s my goal: to stay diverse so I can’t be categorized or labeled as a one-dimensional artist.
What can people expect from Purpman for the rest of the year?
For the rest of the year, I’m going to continue to push the main single from my EP, “Jeezy.” I also plan to drop a few more records and videos to get people more familiar with me as an artist. Since I’ve only dropped the EP Can’t Ban the Purpman, I feel like getting more content in front of listeners and fans will help expand my audience. I also plan to start performing more in my hometown and nearby cities to keep up the momentum.
What are your thoughts about moving to a city like LA, Atlanta or NYC to further your music career?
I understand why many artists do that. It helps for networking with the industry when you’re surrounded by so much indie talent and you have events that you could go to basically every night of the week. It might be something that I consider down the line, but not until I have the support of my city and have built up my fan base more. I think moving to one of those cities too early you just become another face among many.
What is the music scene like in Tampa/St. Pete? How does that scene differ from the cities I just mentioned?
The music scene here has a few small circles. There aren’t networking events every day, but there are some. Plus, there are a few places to perform and open for some major artists. Because there aren’t as many artists, producers or big studios here, the people and places that are here become really familiar with one another, and we all tend to collaborate in one way or another.
What do you think of Florida overall in terms of music and talent?
Man, Florida has some great up and coming talent. There are a bunch of indie artists in St. Pete, Tampa, Orlando, and South Florida. Plus, the colleges here in Florida are pretty receptive to hip hop artists performing at their schools. Florida is definitely underrated when it comes to the talent is produces.
How do you divide up your time from being a family man and being a full-time musician?
I’ll always find time for my daughter. Even if that means taking a FaceTime call from her while I’m working. She’s my reason for making music and my number one priority, so I make sure to always have that balance where she’s concerned.
Is there any local talent around your way that you would like to collaborate with for an album?
I’ve already worked with some of the bigger name artists in Tampa and Central Florida. For example, Rod Wave and Famous Kid Brick from Tampa/St. Pete and LPB Poodi from Orlando. In fact, in the next few weeks I’ll be dropping a record with Poodi called “Thuggin.” Other than them, probably the most well-known artist from the Tampa area is Plies, and of course I’d like to work with him!
What are your 3 biggest short-term goals between now and the end of the year?
- Build my following and fan-base on social and digital media platforms
- Become a staple in my hometown and earn its support
- Start performing more locally and in nearby cities throughout Florida and Georgia.