Petey Pablo: The Comeback King Of Hip-Hop

It’s Never Too Late To Pursue Your Dreams

Inspirational sayings can be found on Petey Pablo’s personal Instagram page:

“Sometimes when things are falling apart they are falling into place” 

“Never stop doing your best just because someone doesn’t give you credit”

“Don’t be afraid to start over. It’s a chance to build something better this time”

From the time we are born all the way up until adulthood, many of us are blessed to have words of encouragement like these. But what if we didn’t have the encouragement and support of loved ones? What if no one ever told us that we could be anything that we wanted to be?

Petey Pablo is a perfect example of the sentiment, “it’s never too late to start your dreams.”  Born in North Carolina, Petey began his journey into popular hip hop at the age of 26, defying all the odds and became one of the most memorable rappers of all time.

Petey Pablo’s First Big Break

In the beginning of 1993, Petey met hip hop gurus, Busta Rhymes & Black Rob. After this initial meeting, he was soon signed to Jive records and released the single “Raise Up” with the help of legendary producer Timbaland. “Raise Up” immediately hit the top 20 on the Billboard urban charts. It wasn’t long after that when Petey released his first album “Diary of a Sinner: 1st Entry” .

His rough DMX-like delivery along with a heavy percussion made him a huge rap sensation especially in the South. Jive had an immediate success on their hands with Petey’s first album. The record was certified Gold, dominated the Billboard charts and even landed a GRAMMY nomination for Best Rap Album, ultimately losing to one of hip-hop’s greatest albums, “The Eminem Show”.

On Top Of The World

Petey Pablo showed no signs of slowing down. With his second album seemingly even more promising than the first, he was on the perfect track to success.  And all music lovers know,  an artist’s second album is the most important, as it not only proves that an artist didn’t have a lucky break but that they are talented and deserve to be in the spotlight. Petey Pablo deserved and got that spotlight in the early 2000’s both figuratively (and literally), with the immediate success that he was finding, including his crucial part in the cult classic film “Drumline”, that made being in band cool.

Topping The Billboard Charts

Pablo’s second album “Writing in My Diary: 2nd Entry”, actually surpassed the popularity of his debut album and peaked in the top 10 on the Billboard charts. The real story though, was his single “Freek-a-Leek” that featured Lil’ Jon and ended up being Petey’s best selling song to date. You couldn’t turn on a radio station in 2005 – 2006 without hearing it. After the success of his second album, Petey decided to lay low and take some needed time off to care for his ill mother, who he often referred to as his muse. Little did we know, that would be the last we would hear from Petey Pablo for along time.

The Comeback

While Petey continues to release music, including his latest single “COPILOT“, he hopes to inspire and mentor a new generation of artists by hosting the What Do We Have Here? talent showcase  at Imurj in downtown Raleigh, N.C. on Dec. 15.  Petey wants to showcase LOCAL talented musical acts to discover upcoming superstars and help them rise to the top.

Petey Pablo has partnered with Creative Allies to design the official poster for this once in a lifetime event. Designers can submit their own creations with the grand prize winner whom will be picked by Petey himself receiving $350, a signed poster print by Petey & the performing artists, a Silver Back Life hoodie AND 4 VIP showcase tickets.

Submit your design here

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