First Look Friday: Experience The Vision of Greatness With P.SO the Earth Tone King
Hip-hop, as you very well know, is a universally beloved, intergalactically accepted culture that encapsulates the beats, rhymes and lives of those who are a part of the culture. For New York’s own, P.SO the Earth Tone King, his passionate connection to rap and hip-hop have taken him around the country and have enabled him to rap alongside some of the most brilliant MCs in the game. As a member of the AOK Collective and Hunger Division, P.SO has expelled rhymes that showcase his interests (movies, comic books), his style and his gravitas (Gateway to Greatness).
Now, the exemplary emcee is building up for his next level up, as he is showcasing his lyrical dexterity on the cut, “Dark Matter[s],” which also features production by 2 Hungry Bros. While you press play to listen to the exclusive cut below, please also read up on this week’s First Look Friday subject, as he talks about his origin story, questions how he can help relieve the stress + trauma experienced by today’s victims of police brutality and shares his most daunting obstacle that he’s overcome.
A talented wordsmith and songwriter, P.SO has had plenty of time to prepare for this moment in his growing career. Without any further ado, allow us to introduce you to P.SO the Earth Tone King and enjoy his newest record, “Dark Matter[s]”. Enjoy!
Okayplayer: To music snobs the world over, you are making an impact. What is it that those in Buffalo + New York are seeing and hearing that the rest of the world has yet to discover?
P.So the Earthtone King: Firstly, thanks to Okayplayer for the co-sign, man… the support is appreciated. I feel like the world is stranger than fiction [these days]. Sometimes I wonder if we’re living in a computer simulation like The Matrix or we’re just characters in some post-apocalyptic comic book. I imagine my music is the soundtrack to the weird, shared experience we call life.
OKP: For those who have a passion for music, they honed their skills and practiced their craft. Who are your most cherished influences in music and why?
PK: My dad listened to vinyl mostly while growing up—Stevie Wonder and Bob Marley with a little bit of Ghanaian “Hi-Life” music. African rhythms are the genesis of all modern music, so I think that’s why I tuned into that frequency at a young age. There is something very primal about the drum. Spiritually, it connects to the essence of our species. Hip-hop, being so drum-heavy, is the natural progression of African musicality. I started out doing spoken word and eventually progressed into emceeing.
OKP: Your song, “Open Palm Strike” is extremely dope and has heightened anticipation for new work from you by music snobs who have a heavy presence in the industry. Can you talk about how life was for you while developing as an artist? How did you react to your first bits of press?