Pedro Fequiere has been turning heads with his rhymes since before his 10th birthday.

Pedro Fequiere has been turning heads with his rhymes since before his 10th birthday.

"I remember there was this guy in my church, he was rapping, and I thought that was just so cool," Fequiere said. "I remember seeing him rapping and then going home that night and writing in my notebook front and back, page to page. And I came back to church the next week and started rapping it for him.

"I don't really remember what I said in it, but he thought it was good."

The approval has been pretty much universal ever since. First Fequiere won over his classmates at Hilliard Darby High School. Then he earned accolades from rising stars Fly.Union. Now a series of 2010 mixtapes is helping the 19-year-old catch the attention of hip-hop fans in Columbus and beyond.

Adopting the name P. Blackk, Fequiere released his debut "Chicken 'N Waffles" in January. The idea was to present as many sides of himself as possible: "The juxtaposition - they don't go together, but it tastes good."

The next release, "It's Always Sunny In Columbus," was a lyrical valentine to this city's hip-hop heads. Now he's hard at work on "Black Friday," set for release in November.

"I want it to be kind of loud," Fequiere said.

"Black Friday" was inspired by a lot of Public Enemy and N.W.A., but Fequiere isn't inclined to imitate those groups' lyrical fury. Just as Kanye West admitted "I'm so self-conscious," Fequiere makes it a point to be vulnerable on the mic.

In the Grizzly Bear-sampling "2 Vans, 1 Chain: The Plight of Youth," he laments: "I look over my shoulder constantly, then I pretend that I'm getting dirt up off it," and later, "Why's my zipper down? I am not that fly."

That's not to say he won't bring some swagger to a track if he's feeling confident that day.

"There's times where I contradict myself," Fequiere said. "I will talk about how I like clothes and cars, and then in another song I will talk about how money isn't everything. Me as a person, I contradict myself, and I feel like we all do."

Capturing those contradictions so universally is a big part of why the future looks bright for P. Blackk.