Toppa Top 20: LargeUp’s Artists to Watch For 2016

Prya (U.S. Virgin Islands)

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Having perfected his craft and popped up on a number of quality tracks over the last couple years, St. Croix native and Island Boy Cartel member Prya set to make a large-scale impact in 2016. A gritty and hardcore lyricist with a melodic delivery, Prya incorporates a broad spectrum of themes in his work, from heartfelt nostalgia to banging in the trap. He defies expectations and keeps things fresh, so we will definitely be keeping an eye on the island spitter. —Kaya.lah

How would you describe your sound?

My sound is hard to label, or put in a box. I would say it’s best described as island-influenced trap music with hints of reggae sprinkled on top. Very heavy emphasis on melody and harmony.

Tell us a little bit about the place you come from..

I’m USVI born and raised, St.Croix to be exact, with roots from NYC and Trinidad. Being the US territory in the Caribbean, we were heavily influenced by American culture but still uniquely island, which gave me the ability to be a Pandora’s Box musically. Being able to make sonically pleasing music but still be lyrically dangerous enough to go bar for bar with the best has definitely been an advantage for my career.

What were your highlights in 2015?

The release of my biggest single thus far, “Back Home In A Dream” and the accompanying music video. I also opened for Future, 2Chainz and Alkaline along with headlining the “Prya & Friends: Back Home” concert on St.Croix.

What should we expect to see and hear from you in 2016?

A heavy output of work. Consistent high quality material. Monthly music videos and a tour before year’s end.

What artists are you watching in 2016?

All Eyez on P!!! I’m really heavy into Tory Lanez in the rap world. Reggae-wise, I think Popcaan is about to dominate 2016. Be on the look out for a lot of dope talent emerging from the VI this year, too.

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