Mu­sic my first love: Pear­lucci

Lesotho Times - - Entertainment - Mo­halenyane Phakela

UP-AND-COM­ING rap­per, Pear­lucci ( pic­tured), says mu­sic is her first love de­spite also hav­ing model, ac­tress and ra­dio pre­sen­ter on her ever grow­ing re­sume.

Pear­lucci told the Week­ender this week that mu­sic was a con­duit for ex­press­ing her thoughts as she was grow­ing up.

“Mu­sic has al­ways been a part of my life. I would al­ways write down my feel­ings and ex­pe­ri­ences in my di­ary in po­etic form and later on de­cided to add a beat to the verses,” said Pear­lucci, whose birth name is Pearl Lawrence.

“Ini­tially, I would sing the lines, but I then de­cided to try some­thing dif­fer­ent by rap­ping. My jour­ney to be­com­ing a full-fledged rap­per re­ally took off in 2014 when a friend of mine and rap­per, RMC, from the group Magic In Progress in­tro­duced me to its leader T-mech who then men­tored me.”

The 21-year old said she never thought her re­flec­tive and ex­pe­ri­en­tial lyrics would ap­peal to Hip Hop fans who are more used to a more ag­gres­sive style.

“I never thought peo­ple would re­late to my lyrics since they are more emo­tional and em­anate from life ex­pe­ri­ences. But, I was sur­prised by fans’ re­ac­tion dur­ing my de­but per­for­mance at club 4Fordy in 2014,” she said, adding that she drew in­spi­ra­tion from fe­male rap­pers such as Da Brat, Missy El­liot and Pink.

“Hip Hop has long been as­so­ci­ated with misog­y­nis­tic and con­tro­ver­sial lyrics, but my verses min­is­ter hap­pi­ness to in­spire oth­ers through my story of com­ing from noth­ing to def­i­nitely go­ing some­where.”

The In­ter­na­tional Busi­ness stu­dent at Limkok­wing Univer­sity of Cre­ative Tech­nol­ogy said at first her mother was not im­pressed by her foray into the world of Hip Hop.

“My mother was very much con­cerned that I would end up tak­ing drugs and al­co­hol as por­trayed by some rap­pers on tele­vi­sion,” Pear­lucci rem­i­nisced.

“She was against me be­ing in­volved in Hip Hop un­til she saw me on stage and re­alised that I was liv­ing my dream. My dad, how­ever, sup­ported me from the on­set since he was in­volved in mu­sic at some point and un­der­stood what I was do­ing.”

On her hec­tic sched­ule, Pear­lucci said she took it all in her stride.

“All my en­deav­ours, such as rap­ping, act­ing, ra­dio pre­sent­ing and modelling are just hob­bies and how I re­lax. I en­joy do­ing them ex­cept for school be­cause I have to do it,” she said.

“The only thing I con­sider as a bur­den which I have to com­plete is school whereas the rest is what I love.”

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