One of the more versatile rappers that emerged from the Dirty South school of hip-hop in the early 2000’s, multi-Gold and Grammy-nominated North Carolina native Petey Pablo has demonstrated the art of mixing poignancy with sharp lyrics that reach across age, race and social status. The gruff-voiced emcee was born and raised in Greenville, NC and is best known for rap anthems “Raise Up,” “Freek-A-Leek” and “Carolina Colors” which became mainstays on urban radio and is sports stadiums across the country.
“Raise Up” peaked at #1 on the US Billboard Rap chart and #25 on the Billboard Top 100. “Freek-A-Leek” climbed to #2. In addition to his solo-career, Petey has collaborated with Ciara (“Goodies”), Timbaland (“Red Bone”), Chris Brown (“Drop Rap”), Lil Wayne (“Gangsta Shit”) and many others. Petey has demonstrated his versatility with roles in Drumline, Just Another Day and most recently on Empire, a guest appearance that included writing and performing “Snitch Bitch” alongside Terrance Howard on the episode.
His albums Diary of A Sinner: 1st Entry (which was nominated for a Grammy for Best Rap Album and included production from Timbaland) and Still Writing In My Diary: 2nd Entry (which included production from Timbaland, Kanye West, Scott Storch, Mannie Fresh & Lil Jon) showcase diverse efforts from stereotypical Dirty South decadence to poignant, autobiographical material that reflect on the hardships and challenges he experienced growing up in the deep south.
After a very lengthy hiatus, Petey Pablo returns with a new comeback album, Keep On Goin’, a self-produced project which will be released on Friday (September 14). Today, “back like he never left,” Petey releases his new single and title track “Keep On Goin,” which can be heard below.
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