PJ Explains Her Music’s ‘Rare’ Perspective

Billy J interviewing PJ.
Billy J interviewing PJ.

As a nice, calm person who secretly fantasizes about flipping the switch, I immediately connected with fast-rising R&B singer/songwriter PJ when I saw the music video for her song “Gangster.”

In the music short, PJ imagines how different life would be if she occasionally let people have it. The song references road rage, friends who don’t pay back loans, and fast food restaurants messing up orders.

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PJ’s perspective is tongue-in-cheek and fun. She’s like a contemporary Macy Gray, a little bit of hip hop, a lot of soul, plus folk undertones. I felt the same energy when we met at an Atlantic Records studio in North Hollywood for an interview.

PJ, "Rare"
PJ, “Rare”

PJ, who released her EP Rare last week, says she wants her music to relate to “anybody that’s going through struggles, and you feel like an outsider.”

The North Carolina native got her career breakthrough as a songwriter, penning songs for Meek Mill, B.o.B., Trey Songz, Chris Brown, and R. Kelly. But she was not content just writing for other artists.

“I felt like I wasn’t getting my shot,” she explains. “I felt like I was being overlooked. I started putting everything I had into my music.” Her focused paid off, resulting in her signing a deal with Atlantic Records in 2014.

Find out more about PJ in our interview above. You can also check out her website, JustPeej.

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Billy Johnson, Jr., a former senior editor for Yahoo Music for 17 years, has been covering hip-hop, R&B and pop music since 1991 and has interviewed the likes of Beyoncé, Janet Jackson, Quincy Jones, Kanye West, Eminem and Mary J. Blige. His work has additionally been featured in Vibe, Entertainment Weekly, The Hollywood Reporter, The Source, Upscale and more. Billy has appeared as a music expert on CNN.com, Tavis Smiley, E!, The Insider, BET, VH-1, ABC, FOX, AXS-TV, TV Guide, NPR, KNX, KFI, WCAP, WBZ, among others.

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