IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What city and state are you from?
LP: I grew up in Alexander Reserve until I turned 22 and then moved to Edmonton Alberta where I currently reside.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What is your music background?
LP: While growing up on the reserve, I was approached by some gang members to be initiated. Around the same time I began to experiment with writing lyrics to beats I’ve downloaded for free or created using a computer program. Eventually, music became more of a daily activity than a hobby and by the time I was 19, I was a well seasoned battle rapper/freestyler. After taking some time to learn how to construct a full song, I released a mixtape entitled “Born Hustla” which captured the attention of the local scene in Edmonton. Year after year I would release similar mixtapes and open for headliners like Tha Dogg Pound, Crooked I, and Rahzel. After this became a routine, I decided to take some time off as I had recently had a son introduced into my family. This gave me time to grow as an artist and master my sound. This eventually led me to release two new mixtapes entitled “So Faded and So Focused” which propelled me into the industry spotlight.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: Why do you want to record and release your own music?
LP: Because I started at a young age, creating music and learning the industry became routine. I have a passion for music and hip hop that prevents me from ever turning back. I enjoy the studio time, the video shoots, the photo shoots, the performances, and could never see myself doing anything else in life. Music is my passion and when I am passionate about something, I put my 100% effort in it to achieve my goal. I want other artists who are just starting off to be inspired by my work ethic and to maybe help them out where I was lacking so many years ago.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What are your songs about?
LP: My songs lately have been about the bigger picture of life and mentally stimulating the mind in order to make positive changes. Some songs are angry, others are fun, but most have an underlying topic that I feel needed to be brought out to the front. I feel that no song should ever be wasted as music is a representation of who you are as an artist, unless you’re a manufactured one. I’ve always believed that the difference between artists and entertainers is the ability to channel what your feeling through a song that you personally created and make others relate to you. Human emotion needs to be controlled and the best way that I found that works for me is through music so that’s been the topic of my songs lately.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: Who is your fan base directed towards?
LP: I try to speak to the younger generation as well as my own, although I’ve had many followers coming from the 25-35 age range. I direct most of my attention to the ones that know struggle on a day to day basis, which is why my local crew is named Gutta Muzik. To me, that brand speaks to any person alive today. Gutta is the bottom. And everybody at one point or another has or will hit it. The music I create is for the ones who need hope or strength and can achieve that through feeling the emotion in my music.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: Who are your musical influences?
LP: Eminem, Tech Nine, Immortal Technique, Dr. Dre, Wu-Tang, Yelawolf, Rittz, Hopsin. Mostly real artists that tell it how it is and provoke thoughts to make change.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: How would you describe your music to people?
LP: Fast paced. Every release is a journey and to anybody that takes a listen, I may not have a lot of time to move you through every topic or emotion that I’m trying to display to you so I try to make music that gets right to the point and hits you hard. From the flow to the lyrics, its all pre-calculated and fast.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What makes you stand out from other artists?
LP: It would have to be my sound. When I took time off from making music to raise my family, I have been able to sit in the studio and master the process I use to create my music. Rather than being involved in the local / national scene, I spent a lot of time listening to my own music and analyzing areas I needed to improve on. Having a pure process where no other influences get in the way is crucial to creating your own unique sound. Also, my music is created to target the current and next generations of listeners that can relate to me by listening to the lyrical content and hopefully make some change in the world through being inspired by truth.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What are some upcoming projects that you are currently working on?
LP: I am currently working on my debut album entitled ‘Going Insane’ which I am estimating will be completed within the next month, as well as several videos for the singles. The album will feature Killah Priest from Wu-Tang Clan, Joey Stylez, Jae Maze/Dolomite, local rappers from Edmonton, as well as several members of my crew Gutta Muzik After this is completed, I plan on working on a compilation album with the members of Gutta Muzik.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What are your career goals? Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
LP: In ten years I see myself travelling the world doing what I love to do. Creating hip hop and showcasing my creations on stage. There’s nothing else that I can see myself doing. I made a choice many years ago and will never turn back. I’m going to keep on going until I get it. My main career goal is to be heard and recognized for my passionate work in music and to inspire others to do the same. One thing I can say would be a dream goal is to do business with Eminem or Tech Nine. Illest lyricists in the game, hands down.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: How can your fans access your music and contact you?
LP: I recently launched a website where you can keep up to date with everything Gutta Muzik related at www.GuttaMuzik.net and am in the process of launching another where you can keep up to date with everything related to Lp at www.LpMuzik.com . Email is firstname.lastname@example.org for business inquiries. Lp GuttaMuzik on Facebook and @guttamuzik on twitter.
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