Prez P Talks Ambiance: "I Don't Really Go Clubbing ... We Just Chillin' in the Cut"

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Prez P's room at the W Hotel in Buckhead, Atlanta, is a complete mess.

Pillows, blankets, clothing, and bags are tossed on the floor. A pair of jeans is hung over a misplaced microwave. Magazines, water bottles, ketchup and mustard, an empty bag of Skittles, a Perry Ellis Aqua and lotion cover the table.

"We're a mess in here," admits Prez P, as he watches the Florida State Seminoles demolish University of Maryland's football team. "We were all drunk last night. We went out to Onyx last night."

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It's been ten months since the Miami rapper released his critically acclaimed DreamSucceeDie mixtape, a project full of feel-good vibes, similar to what Devin The Dude did in the '90s and what Curren$y continues to do.

In that year, Prez has pumped out singles with fellow South Florida rappers, as well as landed on MTV's RapFix: Get In The Game segment with his UnkleLuc-directed video for "As I Ride By" featuring Gaby Duran.

Crossfade got a chance to hang out with Prez P for a little while in Atlanta for A3C to discuss South Florida's presence at the festival, his laid-back disposition, and his upcoming project, Ambiance.

Crossfade: How did A3C treat you this year?
Prez P: It's been good. I feel, like always, of course, I wish had more shows. I don't like going to see other people rapping every time. I be like, "Damn, that should be me on stage." But it's straight.

What did you get out of it?
Really more networking, more connects. That's really what we came here for too. I got to see a little different side of Atlanta this time than compared to last year. Last year was like the lower level of what we could've done, and this year we did more. It was cool. And there's more Miami people here, so it was more fun mobbin' and shit.

Now that you mention the people in Miami, what is your take on South Florida's presence at A3C?
I feel like other than us, it was probably a lot of Houston people here. I saw more Houston cats cliqued up. A lot of Miami, Houston, and New York mainly that I'd seen. We could've been bigger. I feel like more of us from the crib could've got shows if anything. If that would've happened, we would've had our own stage or something, like a Florida stage, I feel like that should've happened. But it was still alright. I feel like we out here. Everybody got product. We pushing something out here.

You have to be one the coolest, laid-back dudes I've met. It's like you glide from place to place on a recliner.
I just be trying to enjoy life. You can go through life stressing. What's the purpose of that, though? And plus, I smoke a lot of weed. That's a part of it. Why go around mad? You could be chill.

I've been trying to live stress-free for, like, five, six years now. It's been working great. Trying not to be, like, angry. How would it be if I was an angry kid? I'm short. Walking around angry and shit, who going to really fuck with me on that tip? And plus, life isn't bad for me. I'm not saying it's perfect, but I'm blessed. We got everything we really need from life. You know what I mean? I can't go around saying, "I want this. I want that." I got air in my lungs. My family's healthy for the most part. So, it's like, what's there to be mad about? Why sit and dwell on some negative shit? It's all about positivity. The more you put out the more it comes back to you.

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