The Brink: PBGR
“Music has helped us along our journey too… being able to play a song and have it relate to every emotion you feel at the time – it’s priceless” – Crunch
‘Play Broke Get Rich’ (PBGR) – depending on one’s perception this phrase could have numerous definitions. On a deeper level, in a generation where ‘image’ is considered an entity that surpasses that of ‘love’; PBGR could be an acronym for a notion that suggests disregarding investing money into materialistic items i.e. flashy cars/expensive clothes and to instead work in silence… save your money… and invest in something that your future self would thank you for. “PBGR has such a deeper meaning that it’s easy to gloss over.”
“Playing broke - hustling like there’s no tomorrow but humility reigns supreme - that basically means you shut your mouth & work lol.”
“Getting rich - counting your blessings and celebrating your successes. Trust me, it's not all about money. We feel like we're rich musically and mentally.”
On the other end of the spectrum PBGR could just be a ‘cool’ alias for East London rap duo Swarve and Crunch. The pair share a common ground – their love for music, it’s something they have dedicated their lives to and without it they’d be where every other musician would be… lost. “…it brought us together as a duo and as a team. If we didn't have the love we share for music there wouldn't be PBGR music.”
‘PBGR music’ is a sound that has been perfected over the years and derives from two initial era’s of music… “…the golden era, (the 90's) and the sound of today”. Swarve can be described as the one with that ‘nonchalant flow’ – he’s cool, laid back but also intuitive. He uses his lyricism to vividly portray narratives for his listeners whereas Crunch brings the excitement – skippy flows, ‘over your head metaphors’ – that unpredictability listeners continuously seek.
4RE PLAY is PBGR’s latest offering, a 6 tracked EP dipping into the realms of ‘Rap’ as well as ‘RnB’. “…we just wanted to give people something that they could hold onto at the start of the year. It's filled with medleys relating to relationships and aspirations. Releasing it late on Valentine's Day fit well with the timing.” As music fans there’s no greater joy than when your favourite artist(s) (after returning from a mini hiatus) releases new music. One feels appreciated, rewarded in a sense, it’s just an exuberating feeling all in all.
As far as rap duo’s go, PBGR offer more than what meets the eye they are heavily committed to the arts as well as their partnership. Ensuring that as well as creating entertaining music they continue to spread the message of the importance of ‘having a balance in life’.
“The end goal is to reach legendary status, so our music can live on 50-60 years from now... most importantly we just wanna have fun.” - Swarve
Words: Fiona Frimpong
Online Edit: Ra'ed Khan