Tampa’s Fre$h P overcame life in the projects to become a rap scene party-starter

The entertainer and former Army man is part of CL’s Music Issue 2018.

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Fre$h P.

Fre$h P is not just a rapper.

He is a pure entertainer who spent his youth writing poems to pass the time while he was grounded for one infraction or another. Influenced by Eminem and Kanye West’s use of music to escape the real world, McAllister used art to run from the realities of living in Tampa housing projects before eventually earning a bachelor’s degree from Miami’s Southwest Florida College and then enlisting in the Army in 2012. Formerly known as Bill B., McAllister left the armed forces three years later and returned home with a new moniker — Fre$h P — and approach to music.

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“After leaving the military I made a promise to himself. To be the reason my family lives a better life,” he said. His “My City” single earned him gigs opening for Young Thug and several local showcases where his approach to the stage earned him as a reputation as a wild, costumed performer who can also hold is own in a stripped-back battle-rap setting.

Next show: Sat. July 21, 3 p.m. Rollins Island Grille, 10509 N. Nebraska Ave. Tampa. http://soundcloud.com/fresh813prince.

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Ray Roa

Read his 2016 intro letter and disclosures from 2022 and 2021. Ray Roa started freelancing for Creative Loafing Tampa in January 2011 and was hired as music editor in August 2016. He became Editor-In-Chief in August 2019. Past work can be seen at Suburban Apologist, Tampa Bay Times, Consequence of Sound and The...
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