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Had a blast opening for the homey MGK at Club Opera on Friday. The place was sold out and the crowd was super live. Appreciate everyone coming out and rocking with us! Hit my instagram for some more pics > www.instagram.com/tompatl
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TONIGHT! SHOW at CLUB OPERA. Tom P will be opening for MGK! This is an all ages, early show so plan accordingly! Doors @ 6PM. Tom P will be hitting the stage at 7:30 P.M. Meet and greet tickets are SOLD OUT but regular admission is still available here > http://www.ticketfly.com/search/?q=mgk+atlanta+ Watch the night unfold LIVE via Tom P's instagram > www.instagram.com/tompatl and on Facebook > www.facebook.com/atltomp
Once again, I pulled off a crazy ass video shoot. However, I could not have done it without the help of my ATL family! I sometimes wonder.. did Gucci Man, on his rise to fame, ever find himself building a green screen? The DIY shit is out of control when you're the underdog and this is just another example. Big ups to Geoff Hambrick who drove down from North Carolina to shoot it. My homey Matt Pelosi helped construct the screen so shout out to him! Stephanie Cottle of SCC Presents also helped out with make up and costuming and I could not have done this without her. ATL dance group "Fly on the Wall" came out to provide some interpretive dancing along with many other talented people from the #REALATL family. We are doing big shit down here, it's only a matter of time before the World catches on. Big ups to everyone involved! Cant wait to see the final product.
For our latest podcast we were joined by Creative Loafing 2013 Best Local Hip-Hop Act Tom P and his homie Paul T. Boy did we have fun with this one! Tom P talks his early start, grinding on the indy scene and shares hilarious stories of being on tour with Tech N9ne, MGK, Bone Thugs N Harmony and more. Oh yeah plus we got some crazy bars from the homie as well. As a matter of fact we have an autographed copy of Tom P’s The Preacher’s Kid for one lucky listener. How to win? Drop a comment and tell us what song Tom P freestyles over during our #VinylConversations segment. So you know the drill…sit back…Relax and Listen!
Atlanta rapper Tom P interview with Str8OutDaDen < Click to listen
Tom P's new album The Preachers Kid had a big month!
Not only did The Preachers Kid chart on iTunes (pretty amazing for a COMPLETELY INDIE artist) but the party / show Tom P threw to celebrate had a great turn out on the same day Tom P was featured in Atlanta's largest press "Creative Loafing" with a full article. Here are a few pictures from Tom P's live performance.
Tom P is not your typical ATL rapper. Tom P started rhyming at the age of 11, deliberately seeking out classmates with better skills to force him to step up his own lyrical prowess. The challenge paid off. He's been known to upstage more established acts, such as Too $hort at this year's A3C Hip-Hop Festival, when he gave the audience a rapid-fire spread of songs from his first two albums. As his set wrapped, host D.R.E.S. Tha BEATnik challenged Tom P to rhyme faster and faster over Edvard Grieg's "In the Hall of the Mountain King." He revved up his flow, each line more rapid than the last, never missing a beat, and scarcely taking a breath. It's just one part of his repertoire — a skill he's honed over the years that earned him the nickname, "the White Twista."
Big dreams and the desire to escape poverty shaped his attraction to the mic. Thomas Peters was born in Lexington, North Carolina where his family lived in a small house near — as he puts it — a "mobile home type situation." His life changed when his preacher uncle adopted him from his mother and fulfilled the role of his primary provider and father figure. "She became my aunt, he became my dad," Tom P says of the interfamily arrangement. He moved to Atlanta when he was 4 years old.
These days, Tom P's looking to occupy rare spaces like the success of his better-known peers, including Trinidad James, who makes a guest appearance on his third album, The Preacher's Kid. Instead of seeking the shine of "All Gold Everything," Tom P wants to lift his loved ones to higher ground. "Whenever you like [go home] for Thanksgiving and Christmas and you're seeing some trailer and your family surrounded by rats and flies and shit, you're like alright, 'I need to make it as a rapper.'"
Tom P stayed in touch with fellow Decatur High School alums that formed his initial fanbase. "You end up a part of this network of Atlanta natives and if you're cool, you're cool with a lot of people," he says.
His current manager/hype man, Paul Thomas, was sold after hearing him freestyle at a party. "He didn't look like the typical rapper," Thomas says. "It was like this little white kid who looked like a regular kid. I said, 'You're like the best rapper I've heard in Atlanta.' We've been working together ever since."
Face-to-face, Tom P doesn't look like a rapper, and not because of his skin color, but in how his confident stage presence has given way to a more anxious energy. His drawl punctuates his frustration. "It's turned into this materialism thing (he pronounces as "thang"), where if you talk about struggle you get labeled as an underground rapper," he says. "Why rap if you've got nothing good to say about your experiences in life?"
Tom P's self-titled debut gave listeners a window into his life and let them know he's more than just a "fast rapper." His second album, Root for the Underdog, dispelled the myth that he was a privileged suburbanite who only entered the game for fun. The Preacher's Kidcaptures a place where the turnt up party life isn't everything, rather, it's a pain reliever for a stinging reality. On the bouncy "Red Cups," he raps, "I'm one muthafuckin' curse word away from gettin' turned away at the pearly gates." Tom P reps the South, but his song stylings have more in common with the lyrical dexterity and everyman stories of better known artists, such as Kendrick Lamar.
Tom P's supporters remain steadfast. He was voted as the reader pick for Best Local Hip-Hop Act this year in CL's Best of Atlanta issue. Last year, readers chose him as the Best Overall Music Act, a distinction not given to a rapper since T.I. in 2006.
Though Tom P has yet to attain national attention, he's determined to hold on while facing an oversaturated local music scene. He appears devoid of delusions of grandeur or any sense of entitlement, but remains confident in his team of producers and collaborators. "We're not really a risky bet," he says. "We sell albums, we sell shows. People want to hear this."
Whether Tom P's career matches his larger vision remains to be seen. Deferred dreams have left him disillusioned but undeterred.
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Tom P and Machine Gun Kelly backstage at The Lunar Massive Festival in Atlanta. The festival booked a ton of popular EDM music, but only several rappers for the bill. Check out the flyer below.
You'll see a ton of famous names in the EDM genre but very few rappers.
Tom P, Machine Gun Kelly and Ace Hood performed live to a nearly sold out audience at The Atlanta Trade Center. The show was awesome and Tom P and MGK caught up for the first time since they toured some together in 2012 as part of the Hostile Takeover tour.
Tom P had recently released his new album The Preachers Kid which reached the top of the independent charts on iTunes. This show only helped boost the artists buzz around the city and helped build his name amongst a crowd in a different scene.
Tom P's DJ (DJ Snelvillain) has been making some major moves in the EDM scene in the last year as well. This allows for Tom P and his team to do "crossover" shows for both a hip hop/urban audience and a dance/rave/edm crowd as well. The show at Lunar Massive featured some of Tom P's classic songs remixed by Snellvillain to add a "EDM/Trap" feel to them.
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After 2 years in the making, Atlanta MC Tom P releases his 3rd solo album The Preachers Kid. It debuted in the top 100 on iTunes and received great reviews from fans and across the blogosphere. The album featured several of Tom P's fellow Atlanta homeys/talents like RITTZ, Jarren Benton, Trinidad James, Rehab, Playboy Tre, BIGREC, Gripplyaz and Alexandria Lushington.
Tom P had recently won "Best hip hop act in Atlanta" which only added to the buzz around this artist come Nov 5th when the album finally dropped on-line.
Tom P's The Preachers Kid features 14 songs and 5 bonus songs if purchased on-line.
The Preachers Kids hits the Hot Indie Titles charts on iTunes!!