Hip Hop shouldn’t be only about partying: St. Peter, Toronto producer.

by Evan De Souza

St. Peter, Peter Heinrichs, is interviewed at Centennial College journalism school in April 2012.

Peter Heinrichs, a.k.a. St. Peter, is the newest up-and-coming producer that is taking the Toronto underground hip hop world by storm.

At only 24 he has already worked with many artists including Hell Razah, Killah Priest, and K.D.B.

Heinrichs first began music at a young age learning the piano and trumpet. His interest of hip hop music was peaked in high school through his friends.

For Heinrichs making music is all about following his vision, which he said was to “inform people.”

However, Heinrichs does not like the way hip hop music is being portrayed in mainstream music.

“They kind of sucked the negative out of hip hop and commercialized it,” he said in an interview in April at Centennial College journalism school. “I wouldn’t even call it hip hop. It’s pop music. I don’t agree with the message, or rather, the lack of the message.”

                  Heinrichs believes that mainstream hip hop needs to be balanced. For him too much of pop music is about having fun, dancing, and distracting yourself from certain issues in the world.

“Everyone likes to have fun but sometimes you want to listen to a song and be inspired,” he said.

Heinrichs stays true to himself saying that he only wants to work with people that share the same vision as him, and that he wouldn’t necessarily work with Toronto rapper Drake.

“It’s nothing against him [Drake] it’s just not the same style of music. I’m into intellectual, political uplifting music.”

Politics have a big influence on Heinrich’s music, but he wouldn’t call it politics in the conformed sense of the word.

“I have an understanding of certain things that I work hard not to be jaded by [and] I have an obligation to share that. I feel like that’s part of my duty in life. To kind of share unjadedly how I feel about certain things,” he said.

Heinrichs said that everyone has some struggle in their life. For him, growing up in a middle class family and working with people who haven’t been that fortunate has made him feel guilty at times.

“I think what I’m here to do is become a middle man between privileged and unprivileged people and bring them together. Because we all have anger and we all have things we don’t understand. That’s what I’m here to do, that relates to my struggle,” he said.

Heinrichs next project is a mix-tape called N.A.U. , North American Union, which is a collection of his newest stuff from the past year and features many North American artists. The tape is currently finished but he’s waiting to release it to sort out his publishing.