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Meet Lightweight Literate

What first drew you into music and rap/hip-hop in particular?

Ever since I heard “Snap yo fingaz” by lil Jon and E40 In 4th grade I’ve been into hip hop. I started sagging my pants and wearing jewelry trying to imitate them because they were my heroes. Me being as white as I am, I definitely got a lot of put downs. Rightfully so though haha I was a fool for that. Now I just keep my love for hip hop in my headphones and don’t show it with my clothes. 

Your track “Deputy” is very modern and the lyrics are amazing! How did you achieve such a great signature sound in such a short time? Also, what is your creative process like?

I appreciate that. Honestly, the beat was just so crazy I knew I had to bring something aggressive to match it. I didn’t think it would turn political, but then F-U-C to the Deputy came out as the hook and I had to roll with it. I’m happy with the result, I think it sheds light on an issue that although hard to hear, it is necessary to be informed.

As for my process, I wake up to go to the gym, walk my dogs, and then push myself to sit down in my studio everyday. Some days I create more than others, but I choose to show up every day. That is what’s going to separate me from others. 

You have worked with many great producers/artists in the past If you could work with anyone who would that be?

Producers: Metro Boomin, Kenny beats, sledro, Tay Keith
Artists: Ski Mask, Boogie, Offset, Beast Coast, Dreamville (J.I.D. In particular but they all go crazy)

You have recently released a track titled “LLNOTCOOLJ”.  The track is a modern Old school/Modern fusion and we wonder if you plan to release more Old school sounding tracks in the future?

Yeeeah that’s one of the hardest songs I’ve made. I always try to bring something completely new and different with each track. But every project I make sure that I have a more old school straight rap song, just to test my wordplay ability. Don’t want to be put into a box as a sing-songy rapper.

What are your musical goals for the future?

I plan on challenging myself creatively. I want to bring melodies on my main and ad libs that people have never heard before, I want to stay different with each track, I am not a one dimensional artists. I have depth, I have shown it with my projects and I’ll continue to show it. I’m not slowing down.

What are your goals for the summer? any upcoming projects we can get excited about?

I Consider LLNOTCOOLJ the summer project. It has replay value so that will definitely last through to next year. I have a lot of features coming out and a collab tape in the works with some of my best tracks yet. I’m lucky to have artists and friends and family to support me on my journey.

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