PJ Sin Suela

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PJ Sin Suela
PJ Sin Suela interviewed in 2018
PJ Sin Suela interviewed in 2018
Background information
Birth namePedro-Juan Vazquez Bragan
Born (1989-08-05) 5 August 1989 (age 31)
New York City, New York, U.S.
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Associated acts

Pedro-Juan Vazquez Bragan (born August 5, 1989), known professionally as PJ Sin Suela, is a Puerto Rican rapper and physician. Born in The Bronx, New York City and raised in Ponce, Puerto Rico, he graduated from medical school in 2015 before pursuing a musical career.[1][2] He is known for his socially-conscious lyrics and his collaboration with Bad Bunny and Ñejo on the single "Cual Es Tu Plan?" reached number 13 on the Billboard Hot Latin Songs chart in August 2018.[3] The song also reached number 17 on the Billboard Latin Digital Song Sales chart.[4]

Life and career[edit]

PJ Sin Suela was born in The Bronx borough of New York City on August 5, 1989, and raised in Ponce, Puerto Rico.[5] He developed an interest in music from his mother, who played the guitar.[1] He gained a reputation in high school for rapping for his classmates at lunch but viewed a music career as a "silly dream".[1][2] He graduated from medical school at Universidad Central del Caribe in 2015, after which he decided to pursue music as a career.[5][2] The rapper has stated that he was unusual in the hip-hop scene because, "I'm white, I have an afro, I don't have tattoos, I studied medicine, and I didn't come from the street".[6] He initially began performing with the plan of only doing so for a year, but noticed that the money he generated from his performances allowed him to pay his rent.[6] He has since stated that after the success of his career, he "doesn't see himself in a hospital" but plans to give educational classes and lectures about medicine.[6] However, he has since returned to the medical field due to the COVID-19 pandemic, working in the Hospital San Cristóbal in Ponce.[7]

As his career was gaining traction, PJ Sin Suela took note of the crisis in his home country and provided medical assistance to Puerto Ricans after Hurricane Maria in 2017.[1] In August 2018, his collaboration with Bad Bunny and Ñejo on the single "Cual Es Tu Plan?" reached number 13 on the Billboard Hot Latin Songs chart and number 17 on the Billboard Latin Digital Song Sales chart.[3][4] In September 2018, he served as the opening act for Puerto Rican rapper Residente.[1] That same month, he featured along with many other Puerto Rican artists on Lin-Manuel Miranda's song "A Forgotten Spot".[8] Billboard named him as one of "10 Latin Artists to Watch in 2019".[9] In July 2019, he participated in protests in Puerto Rico demanding the resignation of governor Ricardo Rosselló.[10] In August 2019, he released the remix of his single "La Pelúa" with Guaynaa, Jon Z and Rafa Pabón.[11] In December 2019, he released the first single from his upcoming album, a collaborative single titled "Por Ti" with Beto Montenegro, the lead singer of the Venezuelan band Rawayana.[6] In March 2020, he collaborated with Uruguayan musician Jorge Drexler on the song "Loco Loquito".[12]

Artistry[edit]

PJ Sin Suela cites Vico C, OutKast, Joaquín Sabina, Blink-182, Calle 13, and Eminem as influences.[5][6] His music often discusses social and political themes, and one of his goals as an artist is to "make a positive social change in the world".[9][1] His song "Mueve la Chola" denounces violence and was inspired by the rapper's experience of helping a shooting victim into an ambulance.[1] The song's accompanying music video features 60 women lip syncing the lyrics to the song.[1]

Discography[edit]

  • Letra Pa' tu Coco (2015)

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h "Latin Artist on the Rise: Meet PJ Sin Suela, The Puerto Rican Doctor-Turned-Urban Singer". Billboard. September 13, 2018. Retrieved June 22, 2020.
  2. ^ a b c "Watch PJ Sin Suela Explain His Choice to Pursue Rap Music Over Medicine". Rolling Stone. August 23, 2018. Retrieved June 22, 2020.
  3. ^ a b "Ñejo - Hot Latin Songs - Chart History". Billboard. Retrieved June 22, 2020.
  4. ^ a b "PJ Sin Suela - Latin Digital Song Sales - Chart History". Billboard. Retrieved June 22, 2020.
  5. ^ a b c Salazar, Miguel (January 16, 2018). "Meet PJ Sin Suela, the Doctor-Turned-Rapper Following in Residente's Footsteps". Remezcla. Retrieved June 22, 2020.
  6. ^ a b c d e Arias Ortiz, Mateo (December 23, 2019). "PJ Sin Suela: el médico que vive del rap". El Tiempo (in Spanish). Retrieved June 24, 2020.
  7. ^ "PJ Sin Suela vuelve a la medicina". Primera Hora (in Spanish). July 2, 2020. Retrieved October 14, 2020.
  8. ^ Blistein, Jon (September 20, 2018). "Hear Lin-Manuel Miranda Celebrate Puerto Rico on 'A Forgotten Spot'". Rolling Stone. Retrieved June 22, 2020.
  9. ^ a b Vasallo, Maria (September 4, 2019). "Doctor turned urban-singer sensation PJ Sin Suela launches his US Tour and new music video". El Mundo Boston. Retrieved June 22, 2020.
  10. ^ Acevedo, Nicole (July 17, 2019). "Thousands protest at mass rally in San Juan, demanding Puerto Rico governor's resignation". NBC News. Retrieved August 3, 2020.
  11. ^ Fernandez, Suzette (August 29, 2019). "PJ Sin Suela, Guaynaa & More Show a Colorful Puerto Rican Summer in 'La Pelúa' Video: Exclusive". Billboard. Retrieved June 22, 2020.
  12. ^ "Pj Sin Suela, luego de lanzar "Loco Loquito" junto a Drexler: "No me gusta ser como una sección sola del periódico"". Billboard Argentina (in Spanish). March 18, 2020. Retrieved June 22, 2020.