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LOS ANGELES, CA - Rap artist Preston Wayne’s new single, “Problem” is a super party record with a ton of energy. Released in late June, “Problem” is a song that anyone can relate to. “We all feel like at some point we’re a problem,” said Wayne. Written in his living room, Wayne describes the song as “Very crazy. Something you want to play at night on your way out to hit the town.”
Rising from his own problems (sleeping on the floor in a house full of college students and eating ramen noodles every day), Preston recently performed at the EmergeLV Festival in Las Vegas. That’s one thing he loves about the music business - entertaining. For Wayne, it feels “overwhelming, in a good way. You feel accomplished when people like your stuff. When I can make a thousand or five thousand people feel the same and like and enjoy something, it feels really good … like I ran a 5K and took first place. It also makes you want to get even better, to do the same to a million other people.”
Two years ago, Wayne left a thriving rap music scene in Billings, Montana where he and his crew had been going strong for years. Although the city is exploding with new talent and is a stop for touring rap artists, Wayne was ready to move forward and relocated to Los Angeles to take his career to the next level. It was a big change. Coming from Billings where people wave to each other, Wayne had never seen highways with more than two lanes before moving out to the coast. These days, when he needs rejuvenation, he can at least go to the beach!
Derryck “Big Tank” Thornton of One Tyme Entertainment (Fabolous, Zane, Queen Latifah, Tech N9ne, Christina Aguilera & Pussycat Dolls) discovered Preston through a mutual connection of Preston’s brother, Austin. Tank heard something in Preston and requested a meeting. After signing Preston, Tank reached out to his longtime friend - one of the most prolific A&R minds in the game and former president of Aftermath, Mike Lynn (Eminem, 50 Cent, Game, Eve, Lukas Graham, Anderson .Paak & Bruno Mars) - to partner on Preston Wayne. Mike Lynn, together with his business partner and branding maven, Dano Leman founded Reven8te which is an imprint distributed by INgrooves/UMG and they immediately believed in Preston Wayne and offered to team up with Big Tank’s One Tyme Entertainment. Preston’s team is strong and he’s come out swinging.
As a brand new artist who is just getting started, the extreme stuff hasn’t happened yet. But there’s a storm coming. Preston has thousands of hot songs stacked up. Currently putting together an album, he feels that singles are important and function as “One-song albums.” “When I’ve looked at a lot of albums, they always do their high numbers on the first three tracks. Why not drop a bunch of one-song albums, technically, so you know that they’re listening? Dropping singles is the most effective way of getting your music heard all the way through.”
You will definitely want to listen all the way through and listen carefully for hidden references to his home state. Preston says “I’m always gonna leave hints about Montana!”
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