Still Headed Towards New Heights: @LerixMusic Q&A
“Being from New York, I come across rappers that are way too image conscience or have insane amounts of attitude or cockiness. That’s never been me; I don’t have to project a certain image to get people to respect what I do. I’m not any better or less than my fans, I doubt that will ever change about me.” (Lerix) / I have been dropping Lerix cuts on readers since his New Heights EP. His laid back style and crafty rhymes made him an instant favorite. So thought it would be nice to finally get to know the man behind the music. Peep it below as the Brooklyn native opens up about: his start, alcohol, his favorite television character, and more.
The Examiner: What is the story behind your stage moniker?
Lerix: It was a nickname for me early in high school, because I was always walking around with a rhyme book writing lyrics. And because my first moniker sucked! It was Kid KASSANOVA (yea I know).
TE: How did you first get started rapping?
LX: I got started in high school around the age of 15. I’ve been a big fan of Hip-Hop for some time, but I never thought of getting behind the mic. One day I wrote a verse in a friend’s studio just as a joke but it turned out pretty dope. From there I just kept at it.
TE: What was it about Hip-Hop that made you pursue it as a career?
LX: It’s the one thing I have a true passion for. I love everything about the Hip-Hop culture and process of creating good Hip-Hop music. I don’t think it will ever get old for me.
TE: Your bio stated that your cousin’s radio show helped give you an appreciation for certain types of artists. Name the top three artists that the show introduced to you that made an impact.
LX: Nas, Black Moon and Camp Lo. They were over my head at that time but I still knew they were dope as hell.
TE: I read that you did open mic nights when you first started out. What was your most memorable open mic night and why? (Include: location, what the crowd was like, your feelings, etc.)
LX: I did an open mic in this place in Manhattan named Sin-Sin. The crowd is usually full of MC’s waiting for their turn to get on stage. When I got on stage I figured no one would pay me any attention but it was the exact opposite. People showed me mad love it was unreal, I’ll never forget that night.
TE: What changes have you made as an artist since your 2009 release It’s A (W)rap Again?
LX: I just feel that I’ve finally found my sound. I have a lot of energy and it’s starting to show on my newer projects. I’ve also been experimenting with different music and topics. I get bored easily so I have to up the stakes with each new release.
TE: You seem like an artist who puts a lot of effort into being creative with your projects. Describe your album making process. (Example: song selection, picking producers, etc.)
LX: First thing I do is listen to the beat and see what kind of vibe I get off of it. If I feel the vibe I play it over and over again until words come to me. Sometimes this takes minutes and other times it takes days, but I never force it. I’ll work with any producer as long as the vibe is right, then I’m good to go.
TE: What is one thing that you want listeners to take away from your music?
LX: I want them to fully embrace who they are and above all have fun, always have fun!
TE: “Another Round” is a track dedicated to drinking, which is said to be one of your favorite activities. If given the opportunity to create your own alcoholic beverage, what would it be? (Include: name, ingredients, taste, color, etc.)
LX: I would hands down make a Scotch drink! It would be aged for at least 12 years, smooth with a nice caramel color and of course very strong.
TE: What can fans expect from your upcoming projectDinner With Jack Donaghy and what was the inspiration behind it?
LX: They can expect some high energy, dope wordplay and a little story telling sprinkled in there too. Jack Donaghy is one of my favorite characters on T.V. He’s a caricature of a business man. I wanted to create a caricature of myself on this project. This is my inner Jack Donaghy coming out!
TE: Once you put down the mic for good, what is the legacy that you hope to leave behind?
LX: I hope to inspire people to enjoy life and the people they share it with. As far as we know you only get one.
Now that readers know Lerix a little better, be sure to check out his website and hit him up on Twitter. Also, keep an eye out for that Dinner With Jack Donaghy project too.