Paul Douglas was born Paul Douglas on October 11, 1985, in Hollywood, California. He would be raised however in Compton by his aunt who he also called mom. His time with his aunt would be short-lived, and by the age of seven, he was already in the system and his first group home.
While in the group home he liked to keep to him, but always had music within him. He would spend time writing and singing songs about his birth parents, which would become his way to cope with the outside world when he would be feeling down. Paul never took the singing seriously until 1997 when he lost his
great-grandmother, and it was at that point he decided to commit to singing in honor of her memory.
After moving all over the state of California from one group home to another, he ended up in Riverside at the age of 17. Paul continued to pursue his singing and began signing up for multiple singing competitions throughout Riverside County. He wasn’t doing it for the fame or popularity, but honestly just wanted his voice to be heard. Paul just wanted people to listen to him sing but did start winning most of the competitions entered. By his senior year of high school, he had a little name for himself as the quiet kid that could sing. After graduating from high school, Paul moved back to Los Angeles where he attended Harbor College, taking classes in singing, writing, Introduction to midi, and several other courses that would help him further his career in music.
Paul discovered that Harbor College had a recording studio where he was later invited to come to by a female rapper he had met at an open mic event. When he got to the studio, he was asked what he was going to record. Paul didn’t have anything prepared but decided to let the person in charge know he would be rapping although he had never rapped in his life ever. Paul was then given some beats and went into the booth and just rapped. It was then he knew he had found his calling.
That was the day Paul became P. Hustle the Beast. Since that time Paul has excelled in all aspects of music from singing, rapping, writing, etc. Paul is a rare talent (Rare Records) and so good and versatile at all things music. So when the time comes when the world finally gets to hear the Real Paul Douglas, and his music there is no doubt he will skyrocket, and those around will be in for one hell of a ride.
Musical influences consist of Jay Z, Joe Budden, Lil Wayne, Method Man, KRS-One, Prince, Donnell Jones, Babyface, Ginuwine, Michael Jackson, Dru Hill, and Musiq Soul Child. His Projects: I'm Here Respect the Logo The Velvet Room Dem Guys "USA" The Black Rose Project Mark Of The Beast Black Friday Kill Off The Kill Tape The Libra Mr. Nice Guy 00Paul The Untouchables ft. Aaron Swift Appauled Homage Homage P2 Homage H3 (Coming Soon) Dirty Laundry (Coming Soon)
SwaggNation: Where are you from?
Paul: Douglasville USA LOL j/k I grew up in Compton California moved around southern Cali for a little bit ended up in Moreno Valley California and I've been an IE baby every since.
SwaggNation: How long have you been performing?
Paul: Since 2005 so 13 years I would say about 7 seriously.
SwaggNation: How Do Want The World To Think / React To The Your performance?
Paul: Being that I wear suits those that have never had "The Paul Douglas Experience" think I'm going to get up there and sing (I love that shit) the element of surprise is my best friend. All in all I just want them to see something RARE, something they've never seen before, and to go tell someone else about it. They say word of mouth is the best promotion.
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SwaggNation: Do you write your own lyrics?
Paul: Does a bear shit in the woods? Yes, absolutely I write my own lyrics. wouldn't have it any other way I might have wrote a song for some other people too but we're not going to disclose that.
SwaggNation: As Of Right Now Today What Do You Think About The Industry?
Paul: You know that ugly stage you go through when your in between stages of growth? Like when you grow your hair out or for better example when you lose your teeth as a kid. Some think it's adorable but you can't wait till the new teeth come in? that's how I feel about the industry right now, it's not unbearable but it can definitely be better and when them new teeth come in everything will be strong again. I'm just happy that you can see its coming back to the lyrics.
SwaggNation: Since You Have Been working on your craft has it pulled you away or push you in a direction that you didn't want to go?
Paul: Can't say that it has. I experiment all the time. To me that's how you keep it fun, always trying out new things, new sounds, new voices, new ideas, different techniques consistently growing. I do what I want I, do as I feel.
SwaggNation: If You Can Give Some Advice To All Unsigned / Independent Artist What Would It Be?
Paul: Best advice I could give is... Be yourself and know what your worth learn from every single mistake and failure isn't always failure. If you have a burning desire to do something then that is all that you should focus on and be the best at doing that.
SwaggNation: If You Can Describe How Hungry You Are For This Rap game In one Word what Would It Be?
SwaggNation: How Do You Feel About SWAGGNATION MAGAZINE as A Movement For The Independents?
Paul: SwaggNationMagazine.com is definitely an amazing platform for us independent artist to maximize exposure. At the end of the day we need to reach as many people as possible SwaggNation opens the door of opportunity for just that.
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