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|Born||January 8, 1986|
|Origin||Toronto, Ontario, Canada|
P Reign was born on January 8, 1986, in Little Burgundy, Montreal, Quebec, Canada. He later moved and grew up in the Kingston-Galloway neighborhood in the West Hill section of Scarborough, Toronto, Canada. His rap name stems from two sources. "P" stands for Preme (Supreme) which was the alias of notorious drug trafficker Kenneth "Supreme" McGriff. "Reign" was borrowed from his given name Raynford (although for many years P Reign was known as Avery).
P Reign, also known as The King, the King of Da North and the Canadian Dream, released his debut solo single in 2008 entitled "You Know I'm Fly", which topped the PunchMuch Canadian interactive music channel. His follow-up singles are "Money in My Pocket" (2009) and "In My Hood" (2010), produced by T-Minus.
Francis and the Lights, k-os, and Reign all toured with Drake on his Away from Home Tour across North America. Reign performed as an opening act and a hype man. Due to legal troubles at the time, Reign was not able to cross the American border, thus toured only in Canadian cities.
Alyssa Reid's big international hit "Alone Again" features P Reign. The single was a hit in Canada and many European charts and reached number 2 on UK Singles Chart. Canadian band Hedley's hit "Invincible" taken from their album Storms features P Reign. The single released August 23, 2011 reached number 9 on Canadian Hot 100 and was certified double platinum.
The Canadian Dream is his debut mixtape and was released in early 2008. His sophomore mixtape is called When It Reigns It Pours and was released on November 1, 2010. His third mixtape was to be called True Kings Don't Die but was changed to Dear America and its release date was scheduled for July 4, 2013 but was postponed. In an interview with Matte Babel, Reign stated that the album was postponed because Jay-Z's album Magna Carta Holy Grail was released the same day and would overshadow his album. Billboard magazine reported in March 2013 that P Reign is collaborating with rapper A$AP Rocky for the next release "We Them Niggas" that will be part of P Reign's Dear America EP. P Reign is also collaborating with artists such as French Montana, Waka Flocka Flame and Drake. The EP was finally released on September 9, 2014. His song "Realest in the City" featuring Meek Mill and PartyNextDoor reached #1 on Billboard 's "Emerging Artists" chart.
Reign has a son who was born in 2006.
In 2008, Reign was charged with nine counts of weapons possession charges after Toronto Police found three loaded handguns in the backseat of his leased Cadillac. He was acquitted of all charges on May 30, 2011. Reign referenced this on the unofficial remix to the song "Us" by Lil Reese rapping, "Drizzy dropped a hundred on my lawyer and I beat the case!"
Reign is close friends with rapper Drake and even considers him his brother. In the song "Intro" of his second mixtape, he raps "Shout out to Drizzy Drake, yeah that's my lil' bro / before the deal, we gettin' change like the corner store." Drake raps in the remake to Big Page's single "I'm Still Fly", "My brother P Reign knows we fuck with the same hoes / Plus he taught me how to spot an officer in plain clothes."
P Reign is dating the exotic dancer/ model Natasha Diamonds.
- 2014: Dear America EP
- 2008: The Canadian Dream
- 2010: When It Reigns It Pours
- 2014: Dear America
- 2015: Off The Books
As lead artist
|Title||Year||Peak chart positions||Album|
||US||US R&B||US Rap|
|"Money in My Pocket"||2009||—||—||—||—||Non-album single|
|"In My Hood"||2010||—||—||—||—|
|"Call My Name"
(featuring Kim Davis and Lokz)
|"We Them Niggas"
(featuring ASAP Rocky)
(featuring Waka Flocka Flame)
(featuring Drake and Future)
As featured artist
|Title||Year||Peak chart positions||Certifications
(Alyssa Reid featuring P Reign)
(Hedley featuring P Reign)
|"—" denotes a title that did not chart, or was not released in that territory.|
|"Go Hard"||2010||Strizzy Kastro, Belly||N/A|
|"Reality"||2011||DJ Charlie Brown, Belly, Jahvon, Big Lean|
|"Peace Out"||Karl Wolf|
|"Schemin Up"||2014||OB O'Brien, Drake|
Awards and nominations
|2011||MuchMusic Video Awards||Hip Hop Video of the Year||"Call My Name"||Nominated|
|Pop Video of the Year||"Alone Again" (with Alyssa Reid)||Nominated|
|2012||MuchMusic Video Awards||Video of the Year||"Invincible" (with Hedley)||Nominated|
|Most Streamed Video of the Year||Nominated|
|Your Fave Video of the Year||Nominated|
|2014||Much Music Video Awards||Hip Hop Video of the Year||"We Them" (with ASAP Rocky)||Nominated|
|2015||Juno Awards||Rap Recording of the Year||Dear America||Nominated|
|Much Music Video Awards||Hip Hop Video of the Year||"DnF" (with Drake and Future)||Won|
- Billboard: A$AP Rocky, P Reign Talk 'We Them Ni—as' Collaboration: Exclusive
- Toronto Star: Rapper denies knowledge of loaded guns in his car
- Toronto Star: Toronto rapper P Reign acquitted of weapons charges
- HipHopCanada: P Reign shoots video for "In My Hood"
- "Certification Search > Alyssa Reid". Music Canada. Retrieved April 8, 2012.
- "Nominees announced for 2011 MMVAs". May 17, 2012. Retrieved June 30, 2015.
- "2012 MMVA Nominations Are Here". May 15, 2012. Retrieved June 30, 2015.
- "MuchMusic Video Awards 2014 nods led by Drake, Hedley: See the full list of nominees here". May 21, 2014. Retrieved June 30, 2015.
- "Magic!, Kiesza and Leonard Cohen Lead Juno Awards Nominations". January 27, 2015. Retrieved June 30, 2015.
- "A Drake Surprise At The 2015 MMVA. That Is All.". June 22, 2015. Retrieved June 30, 2015.