Wednesday, July 4, 2007

P Town Moe Interview

Aight, well a week ago I interviewed P Town Moe over here at Tulane and for my first time meeting him, it went pretty well. For those of you who dont know, I moved here from Michigan. And what I knew about New Orleans rappers was whatever I could find on the net, magazines, and in their music. I was able to piece things together pretty well, but lets just say my encounters with rappers were very limited. I live Uptown, in New Orleans, and I frequent the barber shop up on Carrolton. One time I was in there real late and P Town came in and my Barber pointed him out to me. Eventhough I didnt know to much of his work, coming from Jackson, MI it was somewhat of a shock to see someone I only knew from music. And every couple days I would see him ride down the street so one day I realized, " What am I doing? The same people that I have looked up to and listened to, are right here in this city and accessible to me, if I just get out there. I have always enjoyed learning things about people and asking questions so hopefully I asked some good one in this interview. Any way this story is in no way impressive but it is the truth. Enjoy!

P Town Moe is a local New Orleans rapper who resides in the Uptown, 17th Ward, Pigeon Town area. He can be heard on the "Slow Motion" remix with fellow New Orleanian B.G. He also has a song with Rick Ross called " Street Money", which also happens to be the name of his record label. P Town, Free Way, Hell Rell, Raw Dizzy, Ms. Tee, Snyper, and a few others were at a concert last wednesday at the Venue which I attended and got severely crunk at, so I will be uploading pics of that in a few.
Check out P Town's Myspace at www.myspace.com/streetmoneyrecordz and listen to his new single with Rick Ross.

JohnnyBapo: Where did you get the name P Town Moe?
P Town: My nickname is Moe, Pigeon Town is my neighborhood.

JB: So Pigeon Town is one of the neighborhoods in New Orleans. I hear a lot of different names , P Town, Hollygrove, Gert Town, why are the neighborhoods named like that?
PT: I was Just born and it was called that.

JB: So there is Pigeon Town and Hollygrove is right next to that?
PT: Yeah, this part of New Orleans is considered Carrolton, but it's also the 17th ward. There's Pigeon Town, Gert Town, Hollygrove, and Nigga Town. Pigeon Town is the second biggest neighborhood in Carrolton.

JB: New Orleans has a lot of rappers, but also many different neighborhoods. Does everyone get along pretty well and show love, or does hood repping cause drama?
PT: No, it's just representation.

JB: Are there some other local rappers coming from the 17th ward?
PT: Yeah, there's my brother, M.T., Bossman, T-Fool, and a few others.

JB: Aight, well lets take it back. When did you start rapping?
PT: Writing my own raps? Around 1991-92. That was a bad time in my life. Jail time. But I started with the bounce shit. And I started getting more into Hip Hop, but around 2000 I got back into bounce.

JB: Tell Me more about the bounce. That's a sound found only in New Orleans right. How did you get into that?
PT: Like I said, ya heard me, it was like 2000 2001 and like i said, you had my dude Josephine Johnnie, who represented Josephine St. in the 3rd ward. Then they had my dude 5th Ward Weebie, who represented the 5th ward, downtown. Ya know what Im sayin, so I been fuckin with Johnnie since like....since like shit in pampers, ya heard me.
JB: Hahaha
PT: Ya believe that, and me and Weebie been fuckin' round since when I come from jail, in '96 know'm sayin, so it's like "They holdin them down, I'm gon' hold P Town down. Then I did the P Town Moe thing, but it was just sposed to be for a Bounce purpose. Know'm sayin, just to get on the mic, record shit underground, but never put an album out Bounce, which I still haven't did, know'm sayin, but then when people started mistakin me, or taking me for Bounce, I backed away from it. And then When the punks started fuckin with the shit, know'm sayin, all the gay dudes,
JB: What!?
PT: Yes! Believe man!
JB: What are you talkin about?
PT: ( He lists several artists)
JB: So they ruined it for the rest of you?
PT: Yeah, anything that came out after them, you were considered a punk. Thats just how it went, so I just backed all the way from it.
JB: But you decided to keep the P Town name.
PT: Yeah since I had created dance called "Rock The Boat", ya know'm sayin, 5th Ward Weebie had the chance to do that song with Master P, (sings some of the song), so I said "just lace me up through the song and I'm good". So when he done that, my name went to getting more and more noticed like, " P Town Moe, P Town Moe", so i just rolled with it, I wasn't never trippin, so now it's established, know'm sayin, it's copyrighted.

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