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Freaky Jon P

Trenton, New Jersey, United States | SELF

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"HYPE of the Week: Freaky Jon P"

HYPE, smell it! Jersey native Freaky Jon P recently released his latest single titled “Get Over” and delivered the good music we love. He’s known around New Jersey from his performances on college campuses like Rutgers New Brunswick, The College of New Jersey, Rider University, and Kean University. But in the past year, he has been on tour performing at venues like the Coffee Cove, the Hot 97 showcase hosted by Monse, the Sofa Lounge, and several more.

His freestyle for the Trojan Magnum’s Living Large 2 Contest was beyond dope and was the first of his music to catch my eye. In September 2010, Wale’s videographer shot Jon Ps most recent video in Washington D.C. The video gained over 100,000 views in three days on OnSmash just before it was shut down. He might be unsigned but his flow and SWAG will change that soon. Check out his latest single “Get Over” and more tracks after the jump.

The video is a testament to a what many people are going through in this world-wide recession.
Directed by David Banks of Banks Films. @BanksFilms

Follow @FreakyJonP
Download “Get Over” from So Klassik Records here: http://hulkshare.com/ti14x2ami1uk
Vist the website: http://www.FreakyJonP.com/

- HYPSTERCULT


"Who's Got Next: Freaky Jon P"

Growing up in Union, New Jersey, there weren’t many guys named Jonathan; of that select few, there are even fewer Jonathans who were black. I was one and the other was the artist you’re about to be introduced to. Jonathan Peterburs aka Freaky Jon P, has always shared more than a name with me. He was one of the only people that had the same amount of ambition.

With both of our careers rising, I sat down with an old friend to discuss his journey in the land of hip hop music.

XI: When did you know you wanted to make music?

I knew I wanted to make music when I saw Michael Jackson‘s video for “Thriller.” I had to have been four or five and I was standing in the living room watching it and it scared the hell out of me. [laughs] I knew it was Michael Jackson, but the way he turned into the werewolf scared the hell out of me. Once I realized that was just Michael putting on a show, I was awestruck.

XI: How did your family feel about you deciding to pursue rapping as a career?

You know, my parents were always supportive of anything I did. That’s the crazy thing. I don’t remember a time they didn’t support what I chose to do. When I was younger, they instilled education being important. Both of my parents are immigrants. My father was never able to attend college, but my mother has plenty of degrees. They had no problem with me rapping as a career, as long as my grades were good and I wasn’t running the street.

XI: I know you as Jonathan, but a great deal of people know you as Freaky Jon P. What’s the difference between the two?

Jonathan is is a whole different person from Freaky Jon P. Jonathan is the kid you sat next to in class who answered all the questions correctly, was on the honor roll, and handed in work on time. Jonathan is respectful and polite. Freaky Jon P, on the other hand, is set to go off at any given time. Not a ticking time bomb in a negative sense, but he’s always on edge and ready for the party. Freaky Jon P is always ready to meet women and down to have a good time. Whereas Jonathan is a little passive, Freaky Jon P is aggressive.


XI: How did you get the name “Freaky Jon P?”

It’s crazy. [laughs] I went to The College of New Jersey in Trenton. I joined a frat when I was there. It wasn’t until I started throwing parties with the frat and traveling with them that the wild side of myself came out. These guys from Trenton called Freaky Squad came to one of the parties and saw I had the crowd rocking. They brought me into their world and gave me their stamp of approval. Hence the name Freaky Jon P. Before we go any further, shouts to Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc.

XI: How did your mixtape come about?

I was in a rock/hip hop fusion group and we were making waves around campus and locally. But one of the main members went off to dental school and I was stuck in limbo. I decided I was still going to continue making hip hop music. A guy by the name of S.K. had seen the work I’d done in the group and asked me if I would like to work with him. He told me I was good, but I could be great. He took me under his wing and put me in the right situations to get my work out there.

XI: How did your mixtape, “The Raiders of the Lost Art,” come about?

I had been grinding for a while and had amassed a small team. The CEO of Swat Team DJs approached me and said he wanted to do a mixtape with me. That was in December. By February, the mixtape was done. That one gave me a big push. Not just because Swat Team DJs are big in the Philly area, but because I had grown as an artist and lyricist. We had a lot of excellent underground producers on there. We even dropped videos from that mixtape. People have been loving the project. I’m so appreciative of that.


XI: Being that we’re in the Internet age, how has the internet helped and hindered your progression in the business?

It hinders because you, anybody and everybody can put something out and people are less interested to listen to your music when you tell them it’s online because so much garbage is out there. On the plus side, there are so many websites that post underground artists right after they post tracks from mainstream rappers. Once I got on one site, it was a snowball effect. Other sites grabbed my music and posted it on theirs. Building relationships is harder in the Internet age also. A lot of times all you know is somebody is posting music on a site, but you don’t know an address to send your material to or how to gain their attention. That was my biggest hurdle. Now that I’ve overcome that, I’ve been on MTV.

XI: Who are your rap influences?

Definitely Nas and DMX. Lil Wayne is a big influence because he revolutionized the mixtape game. He was already making money, yet he still gave free music that was fire. Those three are the biggest influences, but I can’t forget Lupe Fiasco and Kanye West.

XI: Where did you learn the technique of rapping?

I learned from the older heads I was running with. They didn’t make it as far in their rap journey as they wanted to, so they passed all of their knowledge to me. They want me to exceed the expectations they had for themselves. They made sure I studied the craft.

XI: What are your goals?

I want to generate enough buzz to rock shows in Jersey. The next artist to blow up in Jersey is going to have the whole state on lock. They can get so many college shows, it’s not even funny. I want to be that guy. On second thought, I will be that guy.

Since our interview, Freaky Jon P has performed at George Washington University, The College of New Jersey, and others. His buzz is starting to reach a fever pitch regionally. The only place for him to go is national and beyond.

Check out www.FreakyJonP.com to listen to his mixtapes. You can view his music videos there also. Be sure to like his Facebook page. If you need more Freaky Jon in your life, follow him on Twitter. (@FreakyJonP)

- XI Magazine


"Freaky Jon P Talks Jersey Hip Hop, Mixing Rap w/ Rock, DMX & More"

There’s a few rappers in the game who you’re naturally drawn to, not only because of their music but also because of their personality. Freaky Jon P is one of those cases. Boasting powerful lyrics, a smooth style that, let’s just say makes him “popular” with the ladies, and a confidence that his time will in fact come, Freaky Jon P is gunning for the top. To me, he’s a modern day, Hip Hop version of Elvis. A young, in shape Elvis that is. He’s a personal trainer too after all… Enjoy the interview!

HK: Coming up in Jersey, how would you describe what the Hip Hop scene is like out there?

FJP: Jersey’s Hip Hop scene is confusing. We’ve got NYC to our North and Philadelphia to the South of us. There’s two big Hip Hop stations, Hot 97 in NY and in Philly you got Power 99. If you’re in North Jersey you listen to NY stations and if you’re in South Jersey you listen to Philly stations. We don’t have our own radio stations, so the thing Jersey is notable for is parties. The only way to get your music played if you’re an indie artist in a Jersey party is if you’re making dance music. I’m not trying to knock that, but I’m not trying to go that way either. If you’re a real artist you’re not going to compromise your integrity, and that makes or breaks whether you stagnate or flourish. If you make that type of music, then you have a strong chance of getting your music played in Jersey clubs. Honestly, there hasn’t been an artist to do that though, to really blow off making club music in Jersey.

HK: And to counter that you’ve been traveling a little bit and hitting the college circuit. What do you like about touring at colleges and what are the advantages of that?

FJP: You’re dealing with open minded individuals. Individuals who’ve traveled themselves from other states, individuals who are speaking out, not following all the trends. I might be a Hip Hop act a college show but next to me I’ve got this fusion like folk, polka, and techno group, and I’m like “What is this?!”, but it’s hot, it’s hot. That’s the thing I love about the college circuit, they’re so open and receptive to what I’m doing. They don’t just want the fast paced dance or club music. These kids really want to listen to what you’re saying. As I’m doing these shows, people are coming up to me telling me they respect what I’m doing. They’re not trying to shake their ass at the shows, they have parties for that every other night. I feel like another big advantage of it is the women (laughs). But I say that so serious, they really take care of me. They like that I’ve got words, that I’m a Hip Hop artist but not coming across as raunchy. But I let them know… I’m Freaky Jon P, I get it in.

HK: You’ve worked alongside of other genres on the college tour, and I know you’ve mixed rock & roll into your music a few years ago, so are there any plans to do something like that again in the future?

FJP: Oh hell yeah. For people that don’t know, I started out in a fusion rock/Hip Hop group. My first year of college it was me and this dude, a classically trained guitarist, and we made a group. In the blink of an eye we went from writing songs, to recording in the studio, to doing shows on campus. We were in newspapers, videos, and even put a couple college shows together. We were gaining a lot of momentum. But then homie went off to dental school and I stuck it out on my own without the group. I would definitely do it again, I mean I started off doing that.

HK: In your bio it says you have an “unapologetic” style and it’s easy to agree with that when you listen to your music. What do you mean by having an “unapologetic” style?

FJP: It’s actually a really good representation of what my music is. If I’m talking about wild nights with women, the life without college, the life I live when I’m on the streets, I’m telling you it exactly how it is. Exactly how you hear it on the record, it really happened like that. A lot of rappers like to exaggerate and paint pictures. If you spend a week with me you’ll be like “Damn yo, he really lives like that.” I got a line in “Kill Me” where I said “and they bringing daddy’s Benz out to come get us.” The day that video dropped, that girl called me and was like “How you gonna use me in a song?”

HK: In that same description I saw a comparison to Lupe & Kanye in terms of saying how you feel with your music. If you had to compare yourself to an artist who would it be?

FJP: DMX or Nas. One of those. I have every one of X’s albums, I’ve watched every one of his interviews. I wanted to be like X. I was really walkin around talkin to people like him. My personality is that, I’m no angel. I can accept that. I know I’m not perfect. I’ve done a lot of dirt. But on the other hand I’ve done a lot of good too. And that was X. On the cover of his album Flesh of My Flesh, Blood of My Blood he was covered in blood. Who does that?! Covered in blood. Talking about how he’s killing this, shooting that. And I believe him, but on the other hand he’s tellin us to go to church and pray. Where do you see that type of juxtaposition? My personality and persona is like DMX.

HK: With all that being said, what are you trying to accomplish through your music and what kind of impact do you wish to leave on the game?

FJP: Number one, I wanna put Jersey on the map. People laugh at Jersey. I’ve lived in New York, I’ve lived in Pennsylvania, I’ve lived in Florida. I could rep a lot of places, but I’m gonna rep Jersey hard because we need that. We have so many struggling artists trying to get on. I’m hopin I can kick the door open for them. I’m hoping I can be the face of Jersey. Number two, I feel like there’s a lot of us who are falling back on college like it’s the end-all, be-all. After doing four years and not graduating with one semester left I feel like it was a real waste of my time. People think it’s the end-all, be-all and I’m looking around like it really isn’t. It was a waste of four years of a music career. A lot of these dudes who are on right now are my age. But for four years I was stuck in one place. I couldn’t travel, I couldn’t network like I wanted, I couldn’t really immerse myself in my craft. A lot of these dudes that are in the game right now, four years ago we were all in the same place. But I had to stagnate for four years while they progressed with their music, and now I’m playing catch up. College is good if that’s your lane, but sometimes it’s not the best thing for you. It’s not the end-all, be-all.

HK: Aside from rapping you’re a physical trainer, so just wondering hypothetically if there’s one person you could train who would it be? Personally for me… it’s Rick Ross.

FJP: (laughs) Tierra Marie. Either her, Amerie, or Rihanna!

For more on Freaky Jon P & his movement, visit http://www.freakyjonp.com

- Hard Knock TV


"Freaky Jon P ft. Elle Vie – Get Over"

You rarely find an artist with this much talent, work ethic, intelligence, and personality. Freaky Jon P has ALL those. Hip Hop is much better off with this man in the game. -Campano - Hard Knock TV


Discography

EPs:
The Introduction
Raider of the Lost Art

Singles With Radio Airplay:
"Flight School"
"Kill Me"
"Get Over"
"LOUIE"

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Bio

Star of Bad Girls Club Love Games Season 3, FREAKY JON P, Jon P for short, is a 23 year old Hip Hop artist from New Jersey. Due to New Jersey’s proximity to New York and Philadelphia, FREAKY JON P’s artistry is a blend of raw New York lyricism with Philly’s distinct bravado.

As a reality TV star, FREAKY JON P can currently be seen on Season 3 of the hit TV show “Love Games: Bad Girls Need Love Too” on Oxygen’s network every Monday at 10PM starting on December 5, 2011.

His influences are: DMX, Lil Wayne, Kanye West, Lupe Fiasco, Juvenile, Nirvana, Gym Class Heroes, Jadakiss, and Method Man.

FREAKY JON P’s performance career began on college campuses throughout New Jersey such as The College of New Jersey, Rutgers, Rider and Kean Universities. His live performances have been touted, “exciting, memorable and on the brink of something big” specifically by Omen, Drake’s producer, during the judging and deliberation of his Hip Hop at Crash Mansion debut on Jun. 5, 2010.

FREAKY JON P has been on a tri-state tour along the east coast from New York to Pennsylvania including but not limited to: Coffee Cove in Newark hosted by DoItAll Dupre of Lordz of the Underground in Jan. 2010, Hip Hop Unplugged at Crash Mansion NYC in Jun. 2010, the Sofa Lounge in NYC hosted by DJ Statik Seletak in Jul. 2010, and at the HOT 97 Showcase hosted by Monse in Aug. 2010.

In Sep. 2010, FREAKY JON P’s video for the single “Get Over” was filmed in Washington, D.C by cinematographer extraordinaire, David Banks. This video garnered over 100,000 views within three days on the popular Hip Hop site OnSmash just before its dismantling.

FREAKY JON P currently seeks to broaden his audience and build from the success of his mixtapes hosted by Heavy Hitter DJ Wallah, and Swat Team DJ Wes Will.