They were on the verge of success, opening up for the OMG Girlz and the Dancing Dolls from Lifetime’s “Bring It,” to have it all taken away. Now, they are back with a new mixtape, Triumph in the Trap, and new music for 2016. Meet Raye, Laina , and Necy of the Pamma Jamma Girlz.
How did you arrive at this career choice? Was it a deliberate decision or a gradual and natural evolution?
Raye: We have performed since we were kids, but it was our deceased god brothers that got us into hip-hop.
What separates you from others in your field? What is unique to the experience that you create?
Laina: The number one thing that separates us from others in our music is the message that we deliver. Its non traditional, positive music that promotes positivity in a major way. . We fuse different genre’s of music to get our message across. PJG consists of three different, but very creative women. You will always be surprised by us. Our style, our flow, will never be the same.
For those considering entering this arena, what skill sets do you recommend mastering? What traits are most conducive to success?
Necy: The number one thing is to keep God first so he can keep you straight.
Number two. Know the business side of the music industry. It is not enough to be just entertainers, you need to know everything there’s is about branding who you are as an artist.
Do you think that there are any widely held misconceptions about what you do? If so, what are they and how do you work to dispel them?
Necy: People think just because we are gospel hip hop emcees that we can’t be taken seriously. It doesn’t sound traditional. To the secular world, it if is not relatable, that means that we are not true hip hop artists. They will be pleasantly surprised when they here our flow.
How do you map out your goals? How do you measure your success?
Raye: We try our best to stay organized. We schedule things and complete them. We measure our growth by looking at the way we write our music from then to now. Our response comes from the audience. We have a strong team that keeps us on track.
Who do you consider to be your peers in your field? Who do you see/use as examples for you to emulate?
PJG:. Lecrae, Andy Mineo, KB, Trip Lee, Canton Jones.
Name two of your top role models: one from your industry and one from outside of it.
PJG: Mary Mary and Kirk Franklin
What affirmations do you repeat to yourself that contribute to your success?
PJG(entire group): Scriptures. The bible states that the word of God is sharper than a two edge sword. Its factual and when we speak it, we believe it in our hearts. Watch out, PJG taking over!