Direct from the US, Sheree’ P is on a world domination mission with her Hip Hop artistry. She is a woman of substance, passion, intelligence and indomitable strength. Her rhymes are demonstrative of just how beautiful and commanding women can be when they choose to express and expose their enduring power. Sheree’ P not only has the soulful voice of an angel but her poetry is elegantly postmodern. Her lyrical productions are emblematic of the truths about some of the struggles between the sexes. She calls it what it is and then transforms it into art. Sheree’ P is indeed all about positivity.

Hi Sheree’ P, it’s such a pleasure having you on PIZAZZ NEWS. I started following you on Twitter and then I came across your song and music video, which I loved!

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Can you tell us about how it was for you growing up? What was your environment like?

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My childhood was wonderful. I was born in Pensacola, FL, but raised in Newport News, VA. I was raised by my mother who was in the Navy, and my stepfather. We moved around quite a bit because of my mom’s career with the military. I grew up with my twin brother and we constantly explored our creative natures as children. The only thing I disliked back then was the constant movement and having to adapt to different environments all over again. But other than that, I enjoyed my childhood. I basically was raised in a middle class environment. I used to be a livewire back in the day lol. When it came to drama and confrontation, I was definitely the one my friends would run to. Looking back now, I can see why my mom stayed on my case as heavy as she did.

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Which school did you attend and did you enjoy it or dread it?

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I originally went to Warwick High School in Newport News, VA where I enjoyed it because I was still there with my friends from around the way and people I was familiar with. It wasn’t until we relocated to Suffolk, VA where I attended Nansemond River High where I started to not care too much for my surroundings. I started developing my passion for poetry and music way back in elementary school. I used to be in chorus back then, along with singing in my church’s choir. The teachers all throughout my childhood were cool for the most part as far as I can recall. But they had little to do with my interest in poetry and music. That’s something I grew a deep passion for organically.

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I’m really interested in knowing about your origins in music – when did you realise that you had a talent for music and that this was an area you wanted to pursue?

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I realized music was something I wanted to do when I first heard Mary J. Blige’s first album. “What’s the 411” was replayed over a billion times in my walkman. Along with performing for the first time at a talent show at my elementary school. After receiving the love and ovation from my peers and parents, I was convinced I wanna be a singer!

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What musicians inspire you? Who do you listen to?

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Mary J. Blige, Beyonce/Destiny’s Child, Keke Wyatt, Aaliyah, Teedra Moses, Whitney Houston, Toni Braxton, just to name a few.

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What about the Actor Taraji P Henson (who plays the character Cookie in the show Empire) – do you identify with her in anyway? I ask this because I was incredibly drawn to a powerful speech she gave which you have posted on your Twitter and Facebook account. I found it very moving and highly inspirational – perhaps among the finest speeches I ever saw an actor deliver in a ‘non’- acting capacity.

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Yes I most certainly do! I know exactly what it feels like to give someone your all, just to get nothing in return. To have to pick up everything and go out on faith and start all over. I’ve been there and when I saw that online, I had no choice but to repost it. She’s extremely inspiring and uplifting and I just wanted to possibly change someone’s outlook on their situation. We never know what others are going through; sometimes a simple share of relatable content could change their whole mood. I definitely love me some Taraji/Cookie!

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What current female artists do you admire and why?

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I admire Beyoncé because she’s been doing it since I was a kid at an elite level, and still til this day continues to adapt to the climate of the industry. I admire Keyshia Cole and K Michelle, because both spill their lives out through their music and inspires me to not hold back or worry about how I may look.

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You have just released a video for your song, “Miss Me When I’m Gone.” Can you tell us about the song and the making of the video?

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Well of course! Miss Me When I’m Gone is a song I wrote about my past relationship with the father of my children. I had to pack up all what I could and hit the road on the spot after the final straw. I could no longer subject my kids or myself to the lifestyle we were living for those years. The video is a depiction of the turn of events that happened leading up to my decisioning on leaving. I enjoyed the experience of shooting my first music video, and I believe the director Kayso Brown illustrated my vision perfectly. Miss Me When I’m Gone is a song that’s meant to inspire and motivate women to get out of their abusive relationship and believe in themselves.

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What do you think of artists like Drake, Snoop Dogg and Ludacris? What is the ‘female’ equivalent?

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I enjoy listening to Drake from time to time, he’s dope. Snoop is of course a legend; I don’t currently listen to him though. And Luda was hot as fire when I was in high school. I would call artists like Nicki Minaj the equivalent to Drake and Luda.

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You are also a poet and have also released a recording of your written work titled, “You Tried to Define Me as a Woman”. Can you share that written poem here for PIZAZZ NEWS?

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YOU TRIED TO DEFINE ME AS A WOMAN

You tried to define me as a woman?

But you can’t even stand beside me as a man

Speaking all that jibba jabba

Telling me what I can’t do and what I can

NEGRO PLEASE!

You walk around with ya chest out and ya head to the sky

Not even helping a sister out physically, financially, emotionally,

Boy you just another snake in disguise

You tried to define me as a woman?

Making promises you know good and damn well you can’t keep

I should’ve listened to my grandmother when she told me

You feed a bum, he just grows to become an even bigger leech

You tried to define me as a woman?

Coming home at any damn time

Feeding me them bullshit lines

Got me laying in bed all teary eyed and worrying

For what? For what?

Knowing damn well I ain’t cross ya mind

Cooking, cleaning, paying these bills

You know, all the shit you never did

So you dictating what’s going on under my roof

Is nothing more than irrelevant

So I hope you get the big picture

Don’t define me a woman

If you can’t stand beside me as motherfucking MAN!

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What kind of struggles in life do women have that are different you think to men’s struggles?

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Well I would say we are the ones who are left to pick up the pieces of the instability that they may leave behind. We have to deal with being judged differently from them. Example, if a woman has multiple partners she’s a hoe, but if a man does, he’s a pimp. Not complaining at all though, just making an observation. Women have to play both mommy and daddy if the father neglects his duties.

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How many other songs have you created and what is next for you?

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I have four other songs done so far. They will be releasing one after the other over the next three months. I’m dropping my next song next week actually, and the video should be coming a month afterwards.

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What advice would you give to young people who want to be musicians or artists?

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Pursue your dreams no matter what anybody says. Don’t slow down, and never give up. Keep ya eye on the prize, and you eventually will rise!

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Where can we buy and access your songs?

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Spotify, Amazon, Google Play, Itunes, Tidal, Deezer, Pandora, Soundcloud, Youtube, Bandcamp. Wherever you go, just type in Sheree’ P Miss Me When I’m Gone.

Thank-you so much Sheree’ P for your music, your breathtaking poetry, and participating in this interview for PIZAZZ NEWS, we will all be rooting for you and looking forward to hearing and seeing more of your work!