Catching up with Papa Duck
There’s a moment in which a person realizes what it is they want to do in life. Inspiration comes at the time of its own choosing. And in the case of George Wegans (aka Papa Duck), inspiration struck while he was engaged in something else he loved.
“I was at basketball camp” he says “I loved to play ball and in that year I made the varsity team in 10th grade”. In fact it was one of his teachers that helped give him the motivation to turn to music. That summer George turned in his sneakers to pursue his career in music. I spoke with him recently to get his views on the state of the overall culture, and what he’s observed over the years. First and foremost I wanted to know was he still making music. His reply was simply he wasn’t. “I’m not making music right now, I was touring a lot and missing time with my family”. For him it was tough being in two places at once.
However during this time it’s given him a great opportunity to do a very important thing, and that’s to observe. He’s been taking a look at the current state of entertainment, and he’s always had an eye to his people and his culture. Throughout his career and life Papa Duck repped for the Zoes and he did it during a time when South Florida hip hop was making another resurgence. “Back then there was people who I knew was Zoe and they weren’t reppin” he says. So he made sure the Haitian flag was prevalent in all his work. I asked him about how he feels about Haitian culture in the industry today, and he feels there’s a lot more comradery and networking. “Honestly it’s good to see the young Zoes out there not only reppin but working together”.
One of his main examples was none other than Kodak Black. He continues “He rep that flag and I love that, I want to see more unity out there with all of us”. One of the ways he’d like to see that accomplished is through social media and other news outlets. On his observation of news coverage regarding Haiti he says “There needs to be more info out there. We just had an earthquake back home less than a week ago and nobody is talking about it”. Which is why he’s turned to such outlets now for his next project, “I realize that I gotta get that content online”. Not only in regards to music, but in other avenues. Papa Duck now looks to help new artists realize their dreams through new ventures of digital media and artist showcases.
He and his team are putting on showcases around Florida to breathe new life into multiple industries. “I had to evolve and find a way to do everything I love and still maintain my family life”. Sometimes it takes stepping away to get a better perspective and it seems that Papa Duck is happy with being George the business man.
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