Newly emerged artist Pediko, is taking over by storm with his latest EP New Strains, as well as his mixtape, Live from the Pound House. Pediko, a native of the U.S. Virgin Islands, is no new comer to hard work and tenacity. His multifaceted style and flows would lead you to believe that you are listening to someone much older than 22. His delivery is that of an old soul and our exclusive with him proved that he is just that; an old soul delivering messages to all generations that life is more than a mere existence but a time of movement, and ultimately growth that we must all endure in order to fulfill our purposes.
His latest hits from the New Strains EP, Lbows and Bush Tea Baby, are only two of the many on this dope EP. Lbows and Bush Tea baby are that of two different natures but both hold their own in such a versatile music industry. They are bridging gaps within different genres of music and bringing the heat. Lbows, a mixture of rap and Edm music, and Bush Tea Baby with its endemic island vibes have both opened the ears of millions. Lbows is a head banger and will surely have the clubs packed with people throwing their elbows all around. This fresh artist, Pediko, has a way of moving everyone he comes in contact with and the energy that he brings in his music in only the half. His presence is electric, sensational and exhilarating. During our exclusive interview with Pediko he explained more in depth why he has such a imbedded need for music, and how his strong island heritage has helped to guide him to find his lyrical explosiveness. Pediko doesn’t fall short and it destined for greatness, his success speaks for itself. This interview was more than unique, fresh and truthful but an experience of meeting a legend in the making.
What is the significance behind the name Pediko, and what is 448?
Pediko is a name that is of historical importance in my family, mainly my fathers side. And well, 448 is an analogy in its own. There are 448 grams in a pound, unless you’re being scammed, so that’s where it originated–the 448 Pound Boys was created by myself and a very close niche of friends whom I consider family and we became the 448 Pound Boys, never to be tested but many times misunderstood.
When did you realize your music matrimony was real and you wanted this as your career?
I grew up in a home where music was a major influence with such artists as Sam Cook, as well as having the influences of original island music. I knew I wanted to be a rapper when I first saw Eazy E. He was the first rapper that I had ever heard and he’s still one of my favorites today. I remember listening to him, and looking at his style while thinking to myself, “Damn, I’m going to be Eazy E!” The true moment I really realized that I was married to music was during my first musical experience in 2009, that performance solidified what I knew all along, that I was built for this.
If you had to describe or categorize your music in 4 words or less what would it be called and why?
I would have to describe my music right now as a diamond in the ruff. There is no perfect genre but I think others would view it as “gangster rap” although I identify it more it Ambitious Music. I say Ambitious Music because I am living proof that nothing can always become something. I know what it’s like to have it all and I know what it’s like to have nothing at all, so I can relate to both sides of the fence very well. This is why it’s very important for me to have as much creative control as I have. I always know what I want the finished product to be before even starting and no one knows my experiences and thinking better than me.
With such a major influence on the younger generations, especially those from St. Thomas, VI, what advice would you give to the younger generations?
My advice to the youth is to understand that in life, you have to educate yourself with both higher learning or book sense and street sense. Obtain the highest form that you can of both. You always have to remember that everything else comes with experience and you have to take it slow–fast learning is not always the best learning and you always want the BEST!
With this idea of there only being starving artists, how do you cope with the obstacles that come with being an Indie Hustler?
I am very aware that I must sacrifice certain things to get others and this doesn’t bother me. I’ve always had my ways of getting payed, without these you really have nothing and that goes to everybody in all walks of life. If you want it, you have to go and get it. Honestly, I have been making a name for myself in my home town which is how I met Jelani Riley, my camera man since 2010, and my manager Kish. This is really how I made it to the point of becoming an Indie Hustler in the industry.
Do you have anyone you would like to shoutout?
I would like to shout out my family, my 448 mob, my bro Cell, free him and all those that show love and support.
You can contact and connect with Pediko through his social media links and email:
Youtube: Pediko tv