They say to not waste a second chance if presented with one. GP knows this by personal experience. A once promising High School football prospect with a Scholarship in his grasp lost it all in the blink of an eye. He was in a near fatal car crash and was ejected from his vehicle on June 16, 2010. When everything seemed to be taken away from him, music was by his side. From that point forward, GP moved on from his past and planned to rewrite his future.
He chose the artist name GP which stands for "Going Places." For months upon months he studied the music industry and was hard at work to perfect his craft. In September 2011, GP stepped through the doors of iconic Pittsburgh studio ID Labs to record his first mixtape. With major stars like Wiz Khalifa and Mac Miller's history of recording there, the personal pressure on GP was immense. But after three months in the studio, GP finally was able to realease his first official mixtape "No Gimmicks" and the feedback was very positive. But GP knew bigger and better things were in his sight.
Following the success from his first mixtape, GP devised a plan to ride the momentum into his second project "Young With No Money." To make this mixtape stick out he contacted well known Pittsburgh artist Jon Quest (also a member of the group Varsity Squad). The song they collaborated on was called "Gotta Get It" and it was instantly a well respected single off of the mixtape. Also, GP got DJ CapCom to host the project as well. CapCom has hosted many mixtapes including one of Mac Miller's early projects called "The Jukebox." By the time "Young With No Money" came out in March 2012, there was a huge buzz generating about it. The mixtape accounted for over 5,000 views on Datpiff.com within the first week. Listeners were impressed with his witty word play and the story-like structure to the mixtape. After this release, artists and fans alike realized that GP was a name worth remembering.
Today, GP is poised to make major moves in the music industry in a short amount of time. He is the creator and leader of the Shine On movement. Also, he has collaborated with an upcoming clothing line "Man Cave Clothing" and is sponsored by them as well. With a hard working cast behind him, the Shine On team is continuously scheduling shows, shooting music videos, and doing anything else they can to help keep GP's name out there.
"Shine On is bigger than me. It's everyone, and I mean everyone. I just want to see people succeed at what they love and I will do anything to help them acheive that. Whether I have to lend them money to move forward or just by inspiring someone with my words. I want to teach the concept of teamwork. If people just work together the possibilities are endless. They say the future is bright, we are here to make sure it's a little bit brighter. That's Shine On" - GP