When asking Melbourne MC Pegz if he could tell those who don’t know him, a little about himself, he replied, “I am no more than a grain of rice, this relates to my current state of mind and interest in discovering more about myself. I’m still contemplating my projected self-image and might have a better answer in a few years.” Not a typical answer you would expect from a rapper but if his career has taught us anything, it is to expect the unexpected.
According to Pegz, similar to most kids who have grown up in difficult environments he had a crazy imagination. Not necessarily a bad thing, as it drew him to the medium of hip hop to express his wild thoughts, and at the age of 13 – 14 he started writing rhymes. Pegz would stick with this journey of hip hop discovery and eventually go on to be a pioneer and governing force in the world of Oz hip hop. He has to date released five solo albums, one album with his group, Gully Platoon, and has been the CEO of Obese Records, responsible for launching the careers of the likes of Illy, Bias B, Spit Syndicate and Mantra just to name a few.
In 2007, after the release of Burn City, Pegz retired from solo work to focus on building Obese Records. However, after the death of his closet friend, a fire and passion was sparked inside him and he used this to create his latest album Drama. According to Pegz the experience “served as catharsis following this traumatic experience.” The highly anticipated album dropped in April this year and was met with praise from the heads.
For the new album, Pegz is feeling positive about the recent songs he has written, but is still at the cross roads of which direction he’ll take conceptually. “I am planning to move to Cambodia to write most of the album and gain a better perspective of who I am. I seem to be on a spiritual journey, so hopefully the knowledge and understanding will produce a little truth in the lyrics” he explained.
Pegz views himself as the chief narcissist and doesn’t often reflect on his own achievements, but in regards to work developing Obese, he would like to think he has created a platform that has launched the careers of some of the countries biggest artists and helped take Australian hip hop to the next level. When it comes to what he looks for in potential signings Pegz says “It will always be about skills.”
Pegz is not sure what the future holds, but he has some idea of the direction he will be taking stating, “I dream of a simple life surrounded by nature and a greater understanding of the world we live in.”
You can find Pez’s album Drama out now on iTunes