Growing up, Paris relocated frequently due to his father’s military presence but was raised primarily in Prince George’s County, Maryland.
He became interested in music during his high school years but held off due to his commitment to excelling in basketball, football, and track. “I took a music production class, played the piano and drums, but I wasn’t fully invested because I didn’t have the time,” he stated.
After graduating from high school, he continued his education and obtained his B.S.in Exercise Science. Subsequently, without sports and the workload of college, Paris found himself with more free time and began tapping into music again.
“I wanted to find a hobby to do after work, so I purchased a mic and started researching on YouTube how to record yourself,” he shared.
Despite his dedication and willingness to learn, Paris still wasn’t entirely invested because “It was just for fun.” Though after sharing his music with friends, they encouraged him to begin taking music seriously. Furthermore, with validation, in 2018, Paris Price pushed started his musical career.
Along his path, he has found great success and has since released several singles and projects ‘Perception’ & 'Mere Mortal'. He stated, “I wasn’t sure about rapping in the beginning, but after hearing people positive feedback, I just wanted to keep going; It started as a hobby, but it turned into a passion.”
Additionally, Paris has opened and toured with artists such as ScHoolboy Q and was featured on Sway in The Morning, Friday Fire Cypher, laying down bars with Jacob Bandana. In recent news, he was offered a spot to participate in Netflix's Rhythm + Flow, second season, but couldn’t contribute due to his contracting job. However, Paris believes it's a sign he’s in the right direction!
When it comes to his musical style, Paris is inspired by Drake, Kendrick Lamar, and J. Cole due to their integrity and authenticity. Each artist offers a level of versatility in their respective lanes. Paris describes his music style as having the ability to adapt to different styles but remain true to his sound.
In light of the DMV music scene, Paris shares his experiences while visiting cities such as Atlanta. He observed that there is a sense of unity among artists in ATL versus his hometown. Artists from the DMV tend to reach a level of success and move to either LA, NY, or ATL in hopes to further their career. Paris Price stresses the importance of bringing people up from your city with you and staying united.
Aside from music, Paris enjoys watching sports and rooting for his favorite teams, The Pittsburgh Steelers and The Los Angeles Lakers. Like his father, Paris is also in the military under the U. S Coast Guard working in the medical field. He stated, “It has a lot of ups and downs, I like what I do, but it gets hectic. It’s like customer service but with patience.”
Two years from now, Paris sees himself receiving a record deal and getting signed, or on an equivalent level as an independent artist. He also plans on releasing his debut album and is currently working on a project!
When it comes to advice for aspiring artists, Paris would tell them, not all opinions matter. You may come across skeptical people, but if music is something you want to do, keep going. Lastly, he stated, reach out to as many people as you can, and if they don’t respond, there are millions of other people.
Read more about Paris Price with a closer look below. What movie can you watch over and over again? Baby Boy. it’s a classic movie, it never gets old- plus BET runs it on TV a lot. What’s a saying that sticks with you throughout life? “Hard work beats talent when talent doesn’t work hard.” You can have a gift and work hard, you can become untouchable. If you didn't have to sleep, what would you do with the extra time? I would relax, work music, watch movies, and just do my normal routine. I would even run some errands as well because I am always on the go. On a normal day, I go to work and go to the gym, by the time I come home the day is done. What’s one thing you wish you didn’t have to pay for? I wish I didn’t have to pay rent because it’s your biggest bill, and normally I'm rarely ever home. What’s one of your biggest pet peeves? People who cannot read the room. Lol, it’s important to know the time and place for certain things and you never want to be the person that is doing too much! Say you're at home and a natural disaster is coming, you have to evacuate immediately. What 5 items are you taking? This is a hard one, I am most importantly bringing my toothbrush along with my phone + charger, wallet, snacks, and pictures
Magnified Topic of the Week: Paris Price’s Single “Where Have You Been” ‘Where Have You Been’ was released in April of 2020 and has been doing numbers! The inspiration behind this single is how one can find the love of their life unexpectedly or realize the person you’ve known all your life might be the one. “People always say they’re not looking for love, but when you come across that person, you’re like where have you been?” he stated. Check out “Where Have You Been Below” and stream on all platforms!
Written by Dejah Moné & Asha Cole