South Carolina has been creating a lot of buzz in the world of music, athletes and entertainment these last years. PG Ra has maintained a spot at the forefront of music during the state’s surge to prominence.
The Orangeburg, SC native started rapping seriously about 3 years ago. Since then he’s released, CEO Vol. 1, his first project. Next he released his EP, Up & Boppin. In 2019 he released his most known project, Blowing Candles. This project was his first to appear in the Top 100 Albums on Apple Music. PG has returned nearly a year later with his new project, God’s Gift. This is his first project after signing a deal with Asylum Records.
He starts the project with his single, “Made It.” Typically as a listener I prefer the singles to be mixed in the project somewhere in the middle, but the placement of this track was perfect. The jetsonmade beat comes in rather slowly, then drops with instant anthem hitting 808s and high hats.
South Carolina doesn’t have many mainstream artists in the industry right now, so to the natives, PG is one of the most well known rappers from the state right now. PG raps over the beat letting fans know he hasn’t really made it yet. PG says he is only getting started. Many fans already see him as an icon, but he says this is actually just the beginning.
“Toast in the air. I finally made it out the trenches… When real niggas prevail they make a difference”
The song is also celebratory in a way. In the music video there’s scenes of him and the A1K crew sharing some drinks and relaxing on the city rooftops. PG recently signed the deal with Asylum and also has talked about moving to Atlanta mainly for networking opportunities. A kid from Orangeburg is never handed opportunities like this. You have to earn it. Being able to create a way out of the city and provide for himself and his family is an accomplishment in itself.
The second track, “Same Stick”, is also over a jetsonmade beat. This song came in a lot more upbeat than the last and has a techno, jiggy-ish frequency.
“I been in my lane still on my same shit. Still ridin’ round with them steppers I ain’t changed shit. To keep it real I really don’t care for all this fame shit. This shit get real. I still will run down with that same stick.”
PG has never hid his life growing up. Whereas most of the fans know him as an artist, this is all still relatively new to him. He says rap hasn’t changed him much at all. He’s still hanging with the same crew he’s been with, doing the same things they’ve always been doing. The fame means little to PG and in a serious moment he’s liable to rely on what his roots have taught him.
The next song, “No Talking,” comes in over a dark, ghosty, heavy hitting beat. The music video features PG and his A1K crew together. PG delivers over the beat in a slower, but enticing flow. The song makes for several quotable bars that you can’t help but relish at.
“Keeping Time,” may be one of PG Ra’s best music videos to date.
“Come take a ride. Just get inside. Sit back and vibe,” PG says. In the music video he raps this to another version of himself, who then decides to ride with him. While in the car it’s almost as if PG is talking to maybe a younger version of himself, trying to put him on to the game of the streets.
“It ain’t no guides or no books to being a real nigga. Just take your consequences and you deal with ‘em.”
Yet again, PG repeatedly delivers bars that you can’t help but remember, repeat, and vibe to! He seems to be sending himself (and all of his younger fans) a message. Almost like a, “if I knew now what I knew then,” story.
“Don’t let ‘em knock you off your pivot. Gotta keep your focus. He ain’t really bout that shit he spittin’ he just talks the coldest.”
He encourages himself not to let the hate get to him and to stay focused on the bigger picture.
PG only dives deeper through the middle of God’s Gift. “Can’t Keep It Real,” appeared on Apple Music’s curated playlist, “Street Politics,” for more than two weeks after it’s release.
“Why ride the block when I could ride the instrumental.”
PG again goes back to his roots and past life in Orangeburg. He seems to have reached a place where he feels content making a living from music and leaving the streets in the past. This would be the safer lifestyle of course, but in the past we’ve definitely seen a fair share of artists who could never completely escape the streets. PG has spoken on a number of instances where he could’ve lost his own life and how he’s seen people around him lose there’s. It’s a sign of peace and maturity for him to realize he can distance himself from his past life and find success with the opportunity he’s been presented.
jetsonnmade starts the beat of the next track, “Hollywood,” with the illustrious strings and classic 808s once the beat drops. Although PG says he hasn’t made it and still has work to reach his goals, he does acknowledge in this song that he’s reached a status that some people never will. He has fans in several cities now (across the south east mainly), and in some places he’d be recognizable just walking through a mall or grocery store.
“Might get them racks and change my number. I don’t give no fucks, bitch I went Hollywood.”
Of course most artists change their phone numbers at some point in time. Once you’ve reached a certain level I’m sure you catch random text from people you probably gave your number to in high school. And that can turn into people passing that number around and so on. People probably joked with PG about “going Hollywood,” but it’s necessary for most artists coming up to make changes at some point. It doesn’t mean he’s changed, just moving differently for the better.
The next song, “For This,” comes in over a peaceful melody produced by Caroling producer, 1st Class.
PG continues to tell his tale of the pain and emotion he’s endured.
“You don’t know the hurt that came with this shit. I done put in work and slaved for this shit; cold nights, I done walked through the rain for this shit…”
PG comes in on the hook and lets you know from the jump where this record is going. In the video, he’s alone for the majority of it, rapping in all black on the back porch. For me personally, the element of isolating the artist in a music video gives me a, “let me pop my shit,” vibe most times. Not much B-roll, just locked in spittin’ bars to the camera. You have to deliver in films like these, and PG did just that.
For the Outro PG hopped on a track with his close friend and fellow A1K artist, Road Runna. Road Runna has linked with PG Ra for several tracks before so the duo came as no surprise on this project.
“They done turnt me up. They shouldn’t of did that! Nigga run up I’m gone push his wig back!”
Overall, God’s Gift is a hit. There’s not a song you have to skip. It’s a 22 minute project, so you can let it ride through multiple times a day or give it a quick listen. Despite it being only 8 tracks, something is better than nothing! It’s well put together, heartfelt, and couldn’t have dropped at a more perfect time. My only hope is that we have another tape following in the coming months… but until then God’s Gift is on repeat!
Stream the album below: