Hailing from Southwest Atlanta, Georgia, Michael "P.B.M." Williams is a triple threat artist. As a producer, emcee and songwriter, the 26 year old is focused on chasing his dream as a prominent player in the Hip-Hop game. As a graduate of Morris Brown College with a degree in Business Administration and Information Science, the self-proclaimed "Professional Black-Business Man" is now ready to make the move from the underground to the mainstream. MVRemix.com presents one of the South's brightest young stars - P.B.M.
MVRemix.com: I just want to start off by delving into your past so our readers can get to know you beyond the music. So can you tell us where you were born and raised?
P.B.M.: The P.B.M. is straight from The Dirty baby, Macon, Georgia. “Da MacTown” (Bibb County) where I was born and raised. Now I reside and rep to the fullest the S.W.A.T.S (Southwest Atlanta, Zone 4) Eight years strong - know that! Overall I'm real Georgia boy.
MVRemix.com: What was it like growing up there for you?
P.B.M.: In the Mac Town - man - it’s real. I mean real southern country feel - go hard or go home - you know what I mean? Don’t get it twisted about The Mac Town - the city is up on game. People come there thinking its slow and see that its just like any other city that might gang bang and do all that other stuff to - you better know. But not to emphasize on that cause everybody got hoods and they all the same, Macon is a very historic city starting with The Georgia Music Hall of Fame www.gamusichall.com/home.html , the state's official music museum, the city where artists like Little Richard, James Brown, Otis Redding and the Allman Brothers Band launched their careers. Otis Redding and Little Richard was born in Macon, so that tells you about Macon the strength and the roots of how music started there to. Look on the map, Macon is the Heart of Georgia, located slab dab in the center of the map! So my experience in the Mac Town was good. I needed it cause every time I come to my home town its an humbling felling to get so much love, if you ever come to the A-Town drive a hour an 35 minutes 75 South to Macon and check out the Music Hall of Fame, oh yeah I’ll be in there soon.
MVRemix.com: How would you say your environment or surroundings helped shaped you into the man you are today?
P.B.M.: My environment and surroundings did what it do. Starting wit the Mac Town, I was raised in the church, stayed on the country side of the Mac, and played football and track. Those things there keep me out of trouble, but you know you still have friends and family who stay where they stay and do what they mom and pops may not approve of the surroundings and what they do but, it still helped me to be street smart. I got the best of both worlds, ya dig. Staying in the S.W.A.T.S - man - its an experience folk. It’s a whole other world, man. You got to be connected and know people cause it ain't no joke in the 4, you got to be fly and game tight cause if you ain't then you a lame.
MVRemix.com: How would you characterize yourself - introverted or extroverted?
P.B.M.: Extroverted, cause I am very determined about what ever I do. I am not and I stress I am not a loser! Once I set my goals I will achieve all with God first in my life, know that!
MVRemix.com: What is your first memory of Hip-Hop?
P.B.M.: My first was “The Fat Boys” my momma took me and my sister to a concert when they came to the Mac Town. I used to break-dance and beat-box when I was a kid a lot. I can say that did it along with all those old break-dancing movies like “Breakin’2:Electric Boogaloo” what cha know bout that, huh!
MVRemix.com: What is the one album you listening to growing up that you constantly bumped?
P.B.M.: I can’t just name one cause I went through different stages with this rap music, you know? But I would have to say starting with BDP (Boogie Down Productions) to Goodie Mob first album. That Goodie Mob first album “Soul Food” I played that in the morning, listen to it in my walkman on the way to school, and we bumped at weight lifting practice, the locker room before practice and games -man - it got played a lot.
MVRemix.com: How did you first get into production?
P.B.M.: I was working on the Kingz of M-Townz album (that has not been released yet coming soon) with my partner Memphis Mack from Memphis, TN - a collaboration from Macon to Memphis. Memphis Mack was doing the beats for the album at the crib one day and he showed me how to work on his drum machine and from there it was a wrap. Then I connected with another producer by the name of Copatone - www.copatone.com. He was recording the Kingz of M-Town album for us and he had a more digital setup going and showed me how to use all the equipment this was around ’99. Now that I have been in the game for a minute I have had the opportunity to work with Michael B.Cox of Black Baby Ent. who is a Grammy Award producer for(Destiny's Child, Usher, Jagged Edge) and DJ Toomp who found & produced platinum tracks for T.I. . Being around them and just soaking up there work ethics I was able to add to my talents and perfect my craft.
MVRemix.com: How would you describe your production sound/style? What are your strong points as a producer?
P.B.M.: I would describe my sound/style as next level before your time. I am a Dirty South Representative and I heavily believe in the 808 kit, I mean my tracks come with heavy drums and - oh my goodness - 808 bass drops. If aint’t beating real hard, then it ain’t come from me. Monopoly Product is classified as Presidential, Thorough, High-Quality, Chill-Bump, Electrifying Music, we make hits and make ya move ya feet! My strong points as a producer I would say that I am a producer, not a beat maker. Being that I started out as an artist I perfected my rhyme slaying first, then I found out that I was very talented at making beats and I perfected that everyday. What I’m saying is I just don’t make beats and sell them, I produce. That means I come up with an concept for the track first. While I am making the beat I’m putting together the hook in my head. I always write hooks to every beat I do. Most producers call themselves producers when they really just a beat maker and there ain’t nothing wrong with that but, it’s a difference. Me as a producer you get the full package with the track, guidance of the track, and the concept and hook for the track. Some of my beats I want even sell cause the artist don’t know how to come right on it and I will not let someone sound horrible over something that is fantastic. Producer and beat maker are two different titles buddy, so be honest with yourself when you say that, and I can say my strong point is I am a producer!