It might sound like a bad joke about disgraced Sen. Larry Craig, but it’s true: You never know who you’ll bump into in the restroom—and the coed facilities at Todd English P.U.B. are no exception.
“I’ve met a lot of important people here,” says Pedro Iuli, 24, who, as a personal valet, spends his evenings in the restroom. “It’s helping out people with quality service, but I add a twist to it. It’s all in the hustle. That’s why I started rapping.”
That’s right, he said rapping. As patrons wash their hands, he provides them with some additional, musical attention.
“I kind of have a couple standard little formulas that I start with,” he says. “I go, like, Imma keep on doin’ me, and Imma keep on rappin’. First I give you soap, and it’s followed by a napkin … And I’ll freestyle about their attire, and about their day.”
Dressed in a black-on-black suit, with his hair styled in a 10-inch mohawk, Iuli is clearly not your typical soap-and-a-towel kind of guy. He’s been mixing things up at P.U.B. for almost a year now, but he hasn’t always rapped his way through the workday. When money got tight, though, he got creative. Now he’s managed to turn what used to be dollar tips into tokes of $10 and even $20.
When he’s not in the loo, Iuli is busy running his home-based business, First Five Studios.
“I record all the way from Hawaiian bands to alternative, to rock, to hip-hop,” he says. Meanwhile, his remixes, including one of Soulja Boy’s “Turn My Swag On,” can be heard on local radio stations, including KVEG 97.5-FM.
“They played it more than his version, they liked it so much,” Iuli says of the reworked track, which he released under his rap name, ABCDE (pronounced “ab-seedy”).
Iuli creates original material, too. “I made a song called ‘Welcome to Vegas’ and it’s about to blow up,” he says, adding that even bigger explosions are on their way, including “a major, HD, MTV-quality video.”
In the meantime, he’ll be doing his thing at P.U.B. four nights a week—and that’s not a bad thing. He’s constantly meeting influential people through the restroom gig. “I’ve gotten booked for venues because of this,” he says, “like MAGIC after-parties, stuff like that.”
Still, not everyone appreciates his restroom routine.
“I’ve gotten a couple remarks that were kind of negative,” he says. “They’ll tell me, like, ‘You know, I’m not here to hear your rap, I’m here to eat.’ But, all in all, people love it.”