Mt. Vernon, NY rapper Rodney “JP” Reynolds presents “No”, the Hayling-produced single from Prayers & Pot Liquor, his new mixtape featuring Franceska Marie and Isaiah J. Tate. JP has performed alongside Lupe Fiasco and Hezekiah Walker, and is creator of the Christian podcast series “In The Word” (listen on Soundcloud) as well as the Peace and Power Family (#PAPFam), a community to help people develop spiritual connection to God and to provide a platform to address issues of social justice. JP has performed at The Apollo Theater Soundstage, the 50th Anniversary March on Washington, Bread for the World’s National Gathering and Ford Fusion’s 2012 Advertising Campaign.
A 2011-2013 Yale Divinity School Sullivan Scholar, he has received multiple awards including the 2010 William Pickens Prize for outstanding research in African-American Studies. He currently serves as Youth Minister at First Presbyterian Church in Stamford, CT. “‘No’ is my statement of purpose,” says JP about the single. “I’m here even if I seem to be a little bit out of place. I’m used to it. I’m defiant towards systems that oppress instead of liberate. And I’ve learned to stop caring as much about other people’s expectations for me.” He says Prayers & Pot Liquor “reveals the space I’ve inhabited during a time of social unrest, as well as the chaos leading up to my major life transitions of marriage and moving. Prayers & Pot Liquor are key components of my life that help signify who I am. I was prayed into the world when doctors said I’d be born brain dead. Once I was born, my grandmothers conspired to sneak my pacifier into the collard green pot liquor, giving me a taste for soul. I hope my music can heal and inspire justice.”