P Reign

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P Reign
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Background information
Also known as
  • The King
  • The Canadian Dream
  • The King of Da North
Born (1986-01-08) January 8, 1986 (age 31)
Origin Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Genres Hip hop
Years active 2008–present
Associated acts

Raynford Humphrey (born January 8, 1986), better known by his stage name Preme (Formerly P Reign), is a Canadian hip hop artist and songwriter of Guyanese descent. He is currently signed to Reps Up Records and RCA Records.

Early life[edit]

P Reign was born on January 8, 1986, in Little Burgundy, Montreal, Quebec, Canada. P Reign is of Guyanese descent. 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 into the United States and 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.[2] 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.[3]

Personal life[edit]

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.[4] He was acquitted of all charges on May 30, 2011.[5] 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 fellow Torontonian rapper Drake[6] and both have alluded to this on respective tracks. In the song "Intro" of his second mixtape, Reign 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."[2] Most recently, the two would collaborate (along with Southern rapper Future) on the single "DnF" from Reign's Dear America EP.

P Reign is engaged to Natashadiamonds, ex-stripper and escort. He also has a daughter, rumours have it, with an unknown woman, but his fiancée who has a daughter of her own, is raising her as her own as well.


Extended plays[edit]

  • 2014: Dear America EP


  • 2008: The Canadian Dream
  • 2010: When It Reigns It Pours
  • 2014: Dear America
  • 2015: Off The Books


As lead artist[edit]

Title Year Peak chart positions Album
"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)
2014 Dear America
(featuring Waka Flocka Flame)
(featuring Drake and Future)

As featured artist[edit]

Title Year Peak chart positions Certifications
(sales thresholds)
"Alone Again"
(Alyssa Reid featuring P Reign)
2011 11 25 15 59 2 The Game
(Hedley featuring P Reign)
  • CAN: 2x Platinum
"—" denotes a title that did not chart, or was not released in that territory.

Guest appearances[edit]

List of non-single guest appearances, with other performing artists, showing year released and album name
Title Year Other artist(s) Album
"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[edit]

Year Awards Category Nominated work Result
2011 MuchMusic Video Awards[8] 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[9] Video of the Year "Invincible" (with Hedley) Nominated
Best Cinematography Nominated
Most Streamed Video of the Year Nominated
Your Fave Video of the Year Nominated
2014 Much Music Video Awards[10] Hip Hop Video of the Year "We Them" (with ASAP Rocky) Nominated
2015 Juno Awards[11] Rap Recording of the Year Dear America Nominated
Much Music Video Awards[12] Hip Hop Video of the Year "DnF" (with Drake and Future) Won


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