Label: Every Hood Records
Born on the US Virgin Island of St. Croix and raised in Crown Heights, Brooklyn, Wais P is no stranger to the industry or the streets. Growing up, Wais was exposed to the crack/cocaine epidemic as well as the prostitution rings that ran rampant during the Reagan administration. This tumultuous upbringing quickly pulled the young Wais into the school of hard knocks, where he received an education that could not be acquired through any accredited university. From these early experiences, Wais quickly realized that his survival instinct was his gift of gab, a skill set that he further mastered through rapping. It didn’t take long before Wais linked with two childhood friends, J Runnah & H.A.P.H., both of whom shared similar interests in hip-hop & soon decided to form the group Da Ranjahz.
In 1996, Da Ranjahz released the NYC underground banger “Daily Basis” produced by Big Jaz. It didn’t take long for the group’s talent to be recognized Jay Z, where they were later signed to Hova’s Carter Faculty imprint through Roc-A-Fella Records in 1998. Later that same year, both Wais & H.A.P.H. were featured on Jay Z’s grammy award winning, five times platinum album, Vol. 2 Hard Knock Life on Swizz Beats produced track, “If I Should Die”.
Following the release of Hard Knock Life, Da Ranjahz signed with Def Jam through Jay’s short lived Carter Faculty imprint, but shortly thereafter the group exited their label situation before releasing any material through the house that Sean Carter built. Da Ranjahz would end up releasing their debut album Who Feels It Knows independently and gained an industry buzz with their DJ Premier produced single “Insp Her Ation” featuring Cee-Lo (Goodie Mob/Gnarls Barkley).
During the continuous promotional campaigns to the west coast for Who Feel It Knows, Wais reinvented his gift of gab that he acquired as an adolescent and applied it towards women. Wais quickly found an angle that had previously not been used through New York’s rap scene…pimping. Under the apprenticeship of some of the nations top pimps, Wais soon altered his moniker to Wais P. Echoing the words once quoted by Big Daddy Kane, “Pimpin Ain’t Easy”, Wais P’s music career took a back seat to the day-to-day activities of his new-found profession.
By 2010, Wais P became determined to rediscover his foothold in the game as he gears up for his debut solo album Pimpin’ Saved My Life, which is being executive produced by D-Dot a/k/a ‘The Mad Rapper’. Wais P’s debut will include appearances from Joell Ortiz, Devin The Dude, Sean Price, Mistah Fab, Mario Winans, Red Café and of course, The Mad Rapper. Producers include DJ Premier, Sean C & LV, M-Phazes, Domingo, Frequency among others.
Throughout 2010 and 2011, Wais executed an aggressive online marketing campaign that included a steady stream of audio content and video footage, which included a video for the DJ Premier produced single “You See It“, in addition to the release of two mixtapes, It’s In The Game, Random Pimp and Premo Pimpin’, which were made available for download through DJBooth.net and HYPETRAK, respectively. Most recently, Wais P was selected to partake in the annual BET Awards Cypher, a coveted honor that he shares with the industries elite rappers, such as Rick Ross, B.O.B., Kendrick Lamar & Dom Kennedy among others.
Although Wais ceased to release any new projects in 2012, the veteran emcee managed to drop one of his most well received singles to date as a solo artist, with the Roc Marciano assisted “Put Jewels On It” , produced by Statik Selektah. The song, which was released on May 10th, went on to receive thousands of plays and downloads, and was featured on top tier webzines such as Soul Culture, and the recently ressurected Mass Appeal. By November of ’12, Wais began the promotional campaign of his forthcoming mixtape PV$$Y RICH with the project’s first leak “Live My Bars” . Just a few weeks later, the campaign reached a hysteria with the Action Bronson featured single “Staten Island Ferry” , which premiered on Complex, and quickly spread throughout the net, garnering thousands of streams and amassing anticipation for Wais’ forthcoming effort. After promoting the project’s final leak “Bitch I Don’t Play” , featuring the Bay Area’s Mistah F.A.B., which premiered on the lifestyle webzine, stupidDOPE, the stage was set for the project’s January 23rd (1/23) release date. At 20 tracks deep, the mixtape, which is stacked with guest features and top notch production from the likes of Action Bronson, Devin the Dude, Mistah F.A.B., Drum Gang, M-Phazes, Sebb, Domingo and more became available for free download, courtesy of DatPiff.