Tue, Jul 16th, 2013 12:00 am

Wildey prepares for CD release party


Local hip-hop artist Trenton P will celebrate the drop of his second album, "Remember the Name," with a CD release show on July 19 at the Wildey Theatre.

It will be the Wildey’s very first hip-hop concert. Supporting acts include local artists Language, P.R.E.A.C.H., Vega Heartbreak, and Cz. D-Roc, a gospel rapper from Memphis, will also perform.

Trenton P and his crew will host a food drive on the day of the show outside CVS Pharmacy at 126 S. Buchanan. All proceeds will go toward the Glen-Ed Food Pantry. Two percent of the ticket sales from the concert itself will go to the Metro-East Humane Society.

Trenton P is hopeful that both the prominence of the Wildey and his willingness to put himself out in the open will set the tone for a more visible local scene.

After Wildey Program Coordinator Katie Grable took him on his first tour around the renovated theatre last week, he said he was “amazed” with the venue.

“If you look back on it, there’s been a good amount of people that have performed there. So I mean, being able to perform in my hometown at the Wildey, and them being so cool to us – we’re the first hip-hop show to perform there. That right there says a lot about what we’ve done,” Trenton P says.

Trenton P, neé Trenton Pinckard, took his natural affinity for rap music and committed to it early. (He lists both canonized giants and current names – Tupac, Biggie Smalls, Eminem, Nelly, Kendrick Lamar, Machine Gun Kelly, and Rick Ross, among others – as influences.) Pinckard began to hone his style and flow in his hometown of Glen Carbon about three years ago. He was just 19 years old.

Soon thereafter, he took his talent to St. Louis studios, compiling and recording material for his first album. In the process, he attracted the attention of local apparel entrepreneur Mark Mauer, who shot Pinckard’s music videos and sponsored Pinckard under his clothing brand, Hollow Wear. Trenton P’s 10-track debut, "CYHMN," was released digitally through his website in September of last year, just in time for his 21st birthday.

With the 12-song "Remember the Name," he’ll have the benefit of larger distribution. Along with the physical CDs, the album will be available for digital download on iTunes, Amazon, Google Music, and directly from his website, www.trentonp.net.

“It’s just me being myself, not trying to impress anybody, and just enjoying exactly what I do,” Pinckard says. “My music is something that a lot of people can relate to. My music is an outburst of the soul through a microphone.”

Producer, rapper, and Savage Life Entertainment label representative Chris (“Cz”) Wills says Pinckard is driven to make a difference.

“I’ve worked with a variety of different artists, especially pretty much every local artist that has a name in this area. As far as Trenton goes, he’s a one-man machine, even without management. Of all the artists I’ve seen, (he has) the drive and the consistent hunger, not only in pushing forward but also learning the business as a whole,” Wills says.

“I’m a very blessed artist. I very much appreciate everything everybody does for me. Anything helps,” Pinckard says. “I love Edwardsville, I love Madison County, I love the Midwest, I love the 618. I appreciate everything about where I’m from, and I really like to embrace it.”

Tickets for the release show are $10. If interested in purchasing tickets, please call the Wildey Box Office at (618) 307-2053 or visit http://www.wildeytheatre.com/ for more information.





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