Pigeon John hails from sunny Southern California...Inglewood, to be exact. Like many West Coast MCs, he got inspired to freestyle in the early '90s at the legendary Good Life Café open-mic nights, spitting rhymes on the same stage with then-fledgling artists like Freestyle Fellowship, Kurupt, The Pharcyde, Busdriver, and Jurassic 5.
After three critically acclaimed albums, and songs featured in Xbox games Project Gotham and NBA Inside Drive 2002, PJ landed in Spin's “Next Big Things” issue, URB's “Next 100” and scored a "Mic Check" in The Source. After stealing the show daily on the Cali Comm tour, rapper Lyrics Born signed PJ to his ultra-hip Quannum label in 2005. His Quannum Projects debut Pigeon John… And The Summertime Pool Party was released in 2006 and he’s been touring ever since.
Freestyle 101 caught up with Pigeon John while he was on the road with RJD2, and he was kind enough to jump on the mic and kill it for us. He’s a big-time gamer and rocks the 360, so PJ was happy to spit about gaming for y’all. In fact, the dude pretty much wrote an entire song on the spot about sitting on the couch and playing videogames, chorus hook and all. Thanks, John!
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