Commencing his musical career at the mere age of sixteen the budding musician, PanamaDaPrince, knew that his prominence was inevitable. The New York City-born musician, fashion designer, and creative director, hails from the East New York section of Brooklyn. He yearned to be a positive influence for future artists. PanamaDaPrince, was influenced by the ambidextrous creative Kanye West. He drew his inspiration for his music through studying the greats of the fashion and entertainment industry. At the inception of Panama’s career, he was a musician-opener for vast notable celebrities. He served as a vital show opener for Wu-Tang & D-Block at Webster Hall in 2013. In addition to opening for rapper Lloyd Banks at Stage 48 the subsequent year. PanamaDaPrince, the multi-creative, initiated his musical career with aspirations to transcend every obstacle. Since the dawn of his career, he has successfully taken on the entertainment industry head-on.
Miss NO: I had a chance to catch up with him and chat about his music, passion and Fatman Scoop.
Thank you for interviewing with me! Can you tell our readers who PanamaDaPrince is?
Thank you for having me. PanamaDaPrince is a talented multi-faceted artist who has a love for music, fashion, and creative direction.
How could you describe your music?
My music is a culmination of personal experiences mixed with a good time and a hint of bravado that ties everything together.
Describe your creative process?
It’s really just a feeling. I have to truly be in the mood to create. When I am, I’ll isolate myself for a few hours or even days. I’ll have certain beats looped on repeat, drink some green tea, and rap to myself until I’m satisfied with the outcome.
What is your main inspiration?
My main inspiration is the version of myself that I aspire to be. The elevated, more evolved, more successful version of myself. It takes a lot of work to become him, so I’m dedicated to putting in the labor.
What musician do you admire most and why?
That would be Kanye. He’s never allowed himself to be put into a box, and has proven time and time again that he’s a force to be reckoned with when it comes to music, fashion, and just creativity overall.
What was the inspiration behind Mase Flow?
I’ve always been in love with the 90s era of music. I felt that Mase doesn’t get as much recognition as he should. “Mase Flow” was inspired by Mase’s song “Lookin’ At Me”.
Did you enjoy working with Fatman Scoop?
Absolutely. Scoop is a really cool guy and legendary in his own right. It was an honor to have him featured on “Mase Flow”.
Do you create for yourself or for your fans?
It’s a combination of both. I have used my music as my personal diary to give my listeners some insight on my life and thought process. At the same time, as an artist, you also have to cater to what people want to hear.
Did your style evolve since the beginning of your career?
I wouldn’t be an artist if my style didn’t evolve. The more that you learn, you tend to apply that new knowledge to your process.
Who do you see as your main competitor?
Myself. I’m always trying to be better than who I was yesterday. I don’t worry about anyone else who is running their race. I just focus on my journey.
Would you agree that it is very important to learn, study and understand old music and music history?
I’m really big on knowing where you came from so you can know where you’re going. I love to pay homage to those who have paved the way so that I can do what I do.
What do you enjoy most about being a musician?
I love the opportunities that allow me to travel. Most importantly though, I love the fact that people could put on one of my songs to change their mood or to listen to something relatable to them.
If you could change one thing in the music industry, what would it be?
Artists need more of a fair cut when it comes to streaming, album sales, and royalties. Also, artists should be able to own their masters after a certain amount of time following each album release.
What advice do you have for our aspiring youth with a passion for music?
Please understand that the music business is 90% business and 10% music. Do your due diligence to research and educate yourself on what exactly you’ll be getting into.
How can I readers connect with you?
You guys can stay in touch with me on all social platforms under my handle @PanamaDaPrince. Thank you! #ALPHAPDP