On Tour with P.Reign!
Canadian hip hop star P.Reign (A.K.A Canadaina Dream, A.K.A The King) stopped by the MTV Australia office and revealed what it’s really like touring with one of the biggest superstars on the planet right now, the one and only Drake.
“I’m getting tweeted by millions of fans,” he said of his touch down in Oz. “Half naked women messaging me saying ‘I can’t wait to see you,’ It’s pretty insane. I am literally like a f*cking employee going through resumes.”
He’s out here supporting Drizzy’s fist ever tour of Australia, joining an entourage that’s almost 70 deep and he most recently shared the Future Music main stage with him, alongside OB O’Brian and 2 Chainz, but that’s not the most exciting thing about P.
Complex named him an ‘artist to watch in 2014’ and he’s received high-fives all round from Billboard, Vibe and Noisey. The track ‘Dear America’ has hit over 38 million streams on Soundcloud and his collaborations list boasts massive names like A$AP Rocky, Meek Mill, Future and of course Drake with ‘DnF’ reaching a whopping 12 million YouTube spins.
Having never been to OZ before, he was keen to check out what all the hype was about after all pretty much everyone told him, “When you guys go to Australia, you’re going to want to put a girl in your suitcase.”
What are you most excited about being in Australia?
You know what? When I’m at home with my mom, [she] watches this show it’s on HDTV it’s about people looking for homes, they get a decision between three homes, and I love seeing the Australian version for some reason because it’s so much different than from where I’m from. Obviously now there’s like snow four feet high, and you’ve got beaches with topless women, sun all year around, so it’s a place I’ve always wanted to come. So I was excited about coming to all the beaches and see what’s going on.
Before you perform, what are you listening to?
I’m not listening to anything I’m pissing my pants and trying to remember my lyrics. I’m fairly new to the huge stages, I’m used to more intimate crowds. I’ve done pretty big shows with Drake in the past, but never arenas. My first show was in New Zealand at that magnitude, so I wasn’t listening to anything. I was a wreck.
How do you calm yourself when you’re nervous?
I don’t think there is a cure for that. Not for me, I mean, I don’t do any sort of drugs or anything like that and liquor makes it worse so, there’s nothing. You’ve just got to close your eyes and go out there and once you’re out there for like two minutes you don’t want to get off.
Who’s in your entourage?
Usually my manager Matt, my DJ Charlie Brown, and whatever guys can cross the border into whatever country I’m in. Most of them can’t leave.
You mean your friends can’t leave?
Yeah! Everybody wanted to come and then they did some research and was like, I don’t think we’re getting in…
Why couldn’t they get in?
They’ve gotten in trouble or had bad experiences with the law…
What do you think of groupies?
I love them, who doesn’t? Well, I wouldn’t say groupies per se; I’d say ‘fans who are just over excited women.’ It’s always a good experience for an artist, you worked so hard and you just want to be acknowledged for it so… We all love the groupies.
Speaking of overly excited fans, what’s the weirdest or craziest fan moment you’ve had?
Craziest fan moment I’ve ever had was I was opening for Drake on a Canadian tour, it was like five years ago.
We had an after party in Vancouver. When we came out of the club, it was like four in the morning. I had my own tour bus; Drake had his own tour bus. I get on my tour bus and we’re having a party from the club to the hotel, it was like 20 guys, 50 girls. I walk on the bus and I’m wasted at this point, I just want to use the bathroom so I go to the bathroom and try to open the door and I can’t get it open for some reason.
My Spidey-sense immediately went off and I thought something was wrong. I knocked on the door, and I can just tell, this doesn’t lock unless someone is in it. And I can look around and see all of my friends making fun of me, because it’s a bus. So I turn the music down and I say: “I think somebody is in our bathroom.” When the person finally opens the door it’s like an Indian dude with a huge turban, a 21-year-old Indian dude. Well dressed! Not scary or terrifying or a gangster or a crazy chick, just the most well dressed dude with a turban, he was like Aladdin, literally sitting in our bathroom. So I turn down the music and say: “Yo dude, there’s somebody on the bus,” and he just goes, “I just wanted to meet you.” I swear to God I felt so bad for the guy. Usually it would have ended up a lot worse (it did end up pretty bad) but would have ended up a lot worse, they kicked him off the bus when it was still moving. Not fast, five miles per hour. He got little slaps in the back of the head from the bathroom to the front of the bus, but nothing serious.
He was literally hiding in the bathroom! It was scary for us. It was our first experience and it was a guy. That’s probably the weirdest moment for me up to date.
What’s the most fucked up thing that’s happened to you on tour?
I was just in Dubai, I was in the club and I guess it’s a different type of culture up there. [I was] performing in the middle of this club and everyone keeps handing me bottles, expensive champagne bottles, and I’m like “what the fuck do these guys want me to do with this, what do they want?” They’re handing me bottles and I don’t want to be rude and say no, so I’m taking them and handing them to my manager, so at the end of the show he’s like sitting there with 12 champagne bottles in his hands.
So I’m looking around at everybody and then I go to drink one of these champagne bottles, but I spray it, and it sprays way too much. So I soak like 12 people around me and they didn’t like it at all. I guess that’s not their thing. So guys and girls are pissed and screaming while I’m performing and it’s so distracting I literally had to cut the music and apologise and be like: “I don’t know how you do it where you’re from, but we spray champagne where I’m from.” so I’m apologising, but a little war broke out because the people behind me were saying, “it’s cool do your fucking thing, fuck them.”
But the front row gets mad at the side behind me, so I kind of started a little mini war in the club. I just wanted to get the fuck off the stage at that point, but I’d won everybody over when the set was done it was cool. But that was a weird moment for me.
You’re lucky you didn’t get arrested for it in Dubai...
It was scary. I took my shirt of too, because I got sprayed so much and immediately the security ran on stage mid-set and said: “put your shirt back on put your shirt back on.” I kept acting like I didn’t hear the dude but the promoter eventually ran over to me and said: “Yo, you’ll go to jail and I’m not bailing you out, so put it back on.” I love Dubai, but it takes some getting used to.
What’s usually on your rider and what’s your drink of choice?
Vodka. I don’t have a specific vodka, grey goose probably. Vodka and Red Bull. I’m usually so tired from the travelling I just need something to keep me up, so Red Bull is definitely the mixture of choice.
Which city throws the best after party?
Dubai was pretty crazy. I met some Sheikh (like billionaires) they were just like “come back to our $50,000 dollar a night suite that’s bigger than the whole floor of this building!” We’re partying and I’m getting lost in the hotel room. It’s literally like room after room. Ten bedrooms and nightclubs in the room. I’ve never seen anything like that in my life so that was probably the best after-after party I’ve ever been to. I can’t wait to go back. My mind is blown.
What else did they have in the hotel room?
There’s hot tubs, there’s pools, eight women at you beckoned call who are just paid to be there entertaining the guests. So when you think about that, they’re literally there to do anything you say and they’re already paid. There are nightclubs with like 50 tables in there, with loud music and 20 different DJs and Bugatti’s parked outside. It doesn’t make sense, it’s mind blowing. They’re like, “let’s go to the yacht tomorrow, there’s a night club in the yacht, we’ll take the helicopter over there.” It’s like a video game, seriously. It doesn’t make sense. The parties in Dubai are probably the most mind blowing I’ve ever seen. Dubai does things that don’t make sense.
You and 2Chainz are supporting Drake at the moment; do you guys get to hang out between shows?
Sometimes! 2Chainz was late getting in, we didn’t think he would make it to the first show. Me and Drake grew up together, I knew him before I even started rapping so we’re in each other’s room all the time. All our friends are mutual friends.
How did you and Drake meet? Did you go to school together?
No I met him through a mutual friend. We have a lot of the same friends and family, growing up in the same town so I actually knew him when he was on Degrassi, before he was rapping.
What do you guys like to get up to before shows when you have down time?
You know what? Drake has a lot of preparation before shows, because he sings a lot. So he’ll have humidifiers in his room, candles lit and I don’t know what it is, but he has this mask that blows hot air or steam. We’re just kind of all in his room chilling, we don’t really do much.
Who parties harder? You or Drake?
After the show we party, we don’t do it before. We’re very serious an hour before the show because everybody’s getting ready but as soon as that’s done I think he parties harder than me. He really does, and I thought I could drink. My parents are South American so we’re known for drinking but he is on another level. I don’t even know where he puts it. It’s mind blowing sometimes, I’ll be getting carried out of the club and he’ll just be walking behind me.
What’s the biggest bender you guys have had?
Probably his birthday in Toronto. October. That was a movie. We had a private party. We do a lot of fun stuff in Toronto, we go out to a lot of clubs but then you reach a certain level of success and you can’t go out to the same places anymore.
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