The Bible says God has plans for us, even if the path ahead is not clear. For 2021 Rapzilla Freshman 1k Pson, this is especially true. His life journey has involved many forks in the road, but each time he took two steps back, he has reevaluated and kept moving forward.
The Atlanta native first started rapping as a kid with a secular rap group called BSB. He had practiced songwriting long before then, so he joined the group and it pushed him further into creating music and rapping.
Wanting a change of pace in life, he joined the military, going overseas to Afghanistan. While there, Pson rededicated his life to the Lord, after an “encounter with Christ.” Back in grade school, he had given his life to Jesus, but peer pressure from classmates pushed his beliefs to the side. Then and there in Afghanistan, he decided to be fully invested in Jesus, and that included his music.
Spiritual tribulation came again however when he returned from the military. Once his brothers began to stray from God, Pson started returning to the streets. He kept songwriting, however. His talents almost landed him a record deal with a smaller label with big-name connections including OutKast and Big Boi. The deal was almost finished, but God convicted Pson, and he turned down the deal to return to his promise to God.
“With secular music, they felt I was a good writer. So, I was telling them I wanted to do Godly music and they were like, ‘Naw, that’s not what we’re looking for’. So I had to make the decision whether to just rock out with them or do what God was telling me to do, and I chose to do what God said. It was hard and a fight, but that’s what I did. I’m glad I did it. I don’t regret it at all.”
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Firmly dedicated to God, he then formed a gospel rap group named Heaven Bound with his siblings. They were “a hit” in the hometown area in Atlanta, and everybody knew who they were.
At this time, he took on the artist name Prodigal Son. After a while, his siblings decided to drop rapping, breaking up the group. Pson kept grinding though and continued by himself. Looking back, the fanbase he grew in his community benefits his career even now.
“Your community is a foundation I feel like. A community pushes you and lets you know where you stand. If you can get your community and the people around you to support you, it’s a better look for people outside who don’t know your music,” 1k Pson said.
Around the same time, Heaven Bound was active, 1k Phew began gaining traction with his music career. They both called the same area of Atlanta home, so the two would run into each other during shows even after Heaven Bound broke up.
“Once we saw we had the same vision and similar testimony, that’s when God locked us in, and we built a deeper relationship and it’s been going up since.”
The two are now full-time artists and are still teaming up for songs and content with the 1k Famo name. Their work together has built up each other’s knowledge, skill, and fanbases.
“It’s iron sharpening iron. You get on a more personal level. If I have a question, I can just hit up Phew,” 1k Pson said.
Now a Rapzilla Freshmen, Pson is content. He has a happy family, owns a business, and still enjoys being an artist. Even with some hard decisions and past mistakes, he’s thankful for the highs and the lows he’s experienced. Life’s a journey to Pson, and you have to learn constantly from every step.
“Everything that didn’t work out for me either later I fixed it or I see later why it didn’t work out and it was still in my best interest. Anything I messed up or didn’t get right just taught me, so I know for the next time,” Pson explained. “After a while, when you see yourself elevating and transforming, I appreciate those things because it gives me direction. I wouldn’t count anything as a failure.”