Chon (PirateGang) Pryor
One listen to any of his songs and you get a sense of connection with him instantly. Chon has a plethora of stories and experiences that he pulls from, to help make his passion evident and relatable to every person from every walk of life. He moves into an alternate reality of sorts when he performs and draws you in as he sits you down and rides you off on a journey throughout his life.
Honesty, a calm demeanor, and Army certified leadership are what make Chon Pryor, an essential part of the revolutionary sound that is PirateGang (Pittsburgh Music). A hip-hop artist sailing from the North Side of Pittsburgh PA, with over a decade’s worth of experience, Chon’s style of street poetry and military-infused practice disciplines give him a twisted edge. When it comes to his creative process, he takes into consideration the works of his favorites including Bob Marley, Soja, Jay Z, Drake, Lil Wayne and his Hip Hop heroes/rap icons 2Pac & Eminem.
Their genuine lyrics, Business sense and passion are a standard that Chon personally holds himself up to, weaving his own life experiences into his music and making sure it stays equally true to his own life. This all started with his two major childhood influences; a brother with a home studio who gave him a chance to express himself and a junior-high friend who shared with Chon his raw, in-depth poetry. From there, he’s performed live more times than memory serves, stating his best experiences were not only performing with his group turned family known as PirateGang and receiving praise from children to the elderly and using his words to help people experience true human emotion, the defining moment of his professional career.
Chon also proudly has served his community, with volunteer experiences like the Pittsburgh Project and the Children’s Museum. He is a Commodore aka Perry Traditional Academy Alumni, several years at CCAC and Clarion University, and has served in the Army. Some of his other interests include exercising, martial arts, video gaming, meditating, staying positive, and reading. All and all, he wishes to be able to accomplish the personal goal of helping other artists with his kind of ambition and love of creation to reach their goals. Now Chairman of PGENT, LLC (People. Inspiring. Real. Aspirations. To. Experience . Greatness. Approaching. Newer. Generations. Entertainment) his goal is to spread good vibes through creation and dive headfirst into the entertainment industry.
"Chon Pryor and — members of #PirateGang came out hype and represented their Pittsburgh pride. “When I say four-one, you say two,” Pryor — the group’s captain — shouted to the audience.
#PirateGang, founded in 2010, stands for People Inspiring Real Aspirations To Experience Greatness Approaching Newer Generations. The four members shared their talent, expressed their vulnerability and fed off each others’ energy as they shuffled around one another on stage.
They spit lines about adversity, shared personal experiences and talked about the world over intricate instrumentals that reminded us of experimenting artists like Kendrick Lamar, J. Cole and Chance the Rapper."
-Fitale Wari Of The Pittsburgh Post Gazette