Mobile, Alabama births hip-hop artists that are fueled by hustling their music as much as they are to escape the overlooked harsh realities of drugs and violence in the Port City. That same level of grit, grind, focus and determination that spawned platinum-certified, BET Hip-Hop Award winner Rich Boy and streaming sensation OMB Peezy now has its latest sensation with Posa [pronounced PAH-SAH].
Normally sporting his signature bucket hat with the first letter of his stage name stitched over the brim, Posa – who also wears a tattooed double note under his right eye – conjoins pain with joy into his harmonic phrasing and blaring, brass-tinged vocal inflections. His breakout single, “In a Minute” featuring Q Money, is a trunk rattler featuring Posa’s melodic enunciation crooning about not being complacent in any situation. His second single, “Big Dawg” featuring Moneybagg Yo, showcases the Gulf Port rapper’s high-octane, staccato vocal panting set to bouncing drums, sparse organ riffs and trippy percussion.
Born the youngest of four in a two-parent home, Posa aka Karvin Jones came of age on Dauphin Island Parkway aka “1300 Block,” a modest community that sits on the same street as both the Birdsville and RV Projects. Drugs, murders and law enforcement patrolling Posa’s block were constants; Posa, on the other hand, was either in the park shooting hoops or fellowshipping with his neighbors. At home, the impressionable, self-sufficient rapper discovered music from following behind his older brothers. He inherited their appreciation for Cash Money Records, No Limit Records, UGK, Boosie Badazz, T.I., Jeezy and Juelz Santana/The Diplomats. Whenever Posa would fall asleep listening to music, his brothers convinced him that he made the music. That encouragement from his siblings led Posa to believe he could emulate his favorites and make a name for himself, so he started writing his own material around age 11.
Sports was originally Posa’s fate. The star point guard on his high school basketball team had NBA aspirations until a hip injury forced him to forego going pro. Rather than to get down about his physical ailment, Posa kept writing, recording and even came up with a concept for a short film based on the neighborhood that he grew up in. He took the stage name Posa from one of the main characters in the story.
Posa hit the ground running with his debut 2011 mixtape, “Bars & Liquor,” which generated some noise around Mobile from the go-getter handing out physical copies of the project in the streets. The following year, Posa dropped the second installment of “Bars & Liquor:” making him a sought-after performer on local stages and at parties throughout the Gulf. A remix and video for Future’s “Honest,” along with the third round of “Bars & Liquor” in 2013, got Posa’s digital presence established: making him a hometown celebrity. By the time he released “Bars & Liquor: The Movie” in 2015, Posa sets his sights on conquering the rap game, so he took his talents to Atlanta in 2016 in hopes of landing his big break.
Fate intervened once Posa made his way to the ATL. He ran into Grand Hustle DJ MLK at a club: asking if he could take a picture with the DJ and send him some music. Impressed with what he heard, MLK hit Posa up the very next day to connect the artist with Think It’s a Game [T.I.G.] Records CEO Girvin “Fly” Henry, who thought the single, “Same Thang,” was hot. Posa signed with “Fly” the following year.
Since then, Posa has taken the time to ensure he was ready for the spotlight. He’s launched his own imprint, Loyalty First Affiliated. “In a Minute” and “Big Dawg” are both featured on the T.I.G./Warner Bros. compilation “Think It’s a Game: Most Wanted, Vol. 1” set for a first quarter 2019 release.