R & B music is not all flowers and candy; just ask Rakim "PnB Rock" Allen.
The 23-year-old singer's earliest inspiration did not come from the bedroom, but from the streets. "At first I would look at R & B artists like they are all about love, and soft. Then I saw you could be a street boy and sing and still be hot. I knew I could do that shit, "he said.
PnB Rock hails from Pastorius and Baynton Streets in the Germantown section of Philadelphia - that's where I found the "P" and "B" in his name. That's also where I found himself in a bit of trouble.
When Rock was 13 years old, I have gotten away to a youth detention program for fighting in school and committing robberies. When Rock turned 19, he was sent to prison; it was there where I learned to blend calming melodies with hard street stories. "There were people up there singing in the yard. They were doing the same thing that I was doing, but they were serious with it, "I have remembers. "There would be crowds around and that was our entertainment, everybody loved it." PnB wrote his entire first mixtape RNB (Real Nigga Bangaz), while he was locked up and released in 2014. "My first mixtape was highly anticipated in my city and I drove around selling them hand-to-hand, "he says, remarking that I've barely made any money off the sales after I've factored in the cost of gas. "It was all love because people got to take pictures and meet me face-to-face."