Preston Dent who is a profound talent, Rapper, Song Writer, Screen Writer, Author, Actor, and Director has recently shared his story with us. He has music features with Gillie da Kid, AR-AB, Dj Holiday, Pastor Troy, All Steezy, Aganee, Jw Grade A Hustler, King Tut, Shawn King, Kenjo Therapy, and Ty Cutta. He has also opened for acts such as The Lox, Young Gunz, Cassidy, Tierra Marie, Fabulous, Trey Songs, Young Jeezy, Yo Gotti, Nikki Minaj, Remy Martin, Dipset, Chris Brown, Da Brat, DMX, and HBG Vs Philly2.
Q: What inspired you to become a rapper?
I was the kid in school writing the girls poetry and love letters, so I always knew I was a natural writer. Once I found that my fallen father was a musician, I decided to follow out his dream. Even though I was in the streets I still went to school, played sports, and dreamed of becoming rich and famous. So once street life became an obstacle the next best thing to a street guy was being a rapper, so it inspired me and I jumped in headfirst.
Q: Out of the many artists you’ve come in contact with, who was your favorite to work with? And why?
I would say Ar-Ab, when we did a song together in the mean streets of Philly, he embraced me like a brother. He was real, authentic, and I could feel the nature of a street persona. We looked each other eye to eye and talk about many things, from the game to entertainment. He always will have my respect!
Q: What takeaways do you want your fans to receive when they listen to your music?
I want them to know that I’m not the most real I’m just one of them, and the life that I betray in my music I lived.
Q. Can you tell us about your shampoo and conditioner line “Zuri Glow” and who’s it for?
It’s an all-natural shampoo and conditioner for kids, adults, boys, and girls! It was created for my daughter Zuri, which she is three and a half owner of the product line.
Q: As someone who wears many hats, how do you manage it all?
It’s not as hard as it may seem, the first thing I do when I wake up is write in my book, then I practice music performances to warm me up for the gym. Then after I eat and shower, I go to the studio and make sure my artist is productive. While all that’s going on I’m running back and forth to the post office to send orders of my shampoo and conditioner. My days are pretty filled and busy but I make it work.
Q: What does success mean to you?
Everyone has their own definition of success, mines are making enough money off my product to feed my team and family. To be able to leave a legacy and platform for my kids to continue once I’m gone.
Q. What do you like to do in your spare time?
I like to read, work out with my kids, play with my daughter, train my German Shepherds, and play chess.
Q. What advice can you give to aspiring artists who would like to make an impact in the entertainment industry?
First, I would say, is never lose yourself while pursuing this game and be prepared for the long haul because success isn’t made overnight. Always think to create your next writing, next verse, next performance better than your last. Make sure you fulfill your obligations of making sure your business is straight and copyright everything before you let anyone know your vision, hear your music, or read your work be sure to make them sign something.
Connect with Preston: https://whopreston.com/
Interview by: Leading with Lee
Photo Credit: TJ Smith
PR: Tammy Reese