Rated Next | Lex Lu

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Interview by @noritabango

Where are you from and where are you now?
I was raised in Los Angeles where I currently reside.

How did you get started in the music industry?
I started as a dancer for other artists. Then it turned to artist development for artists. At that point I decided to develop myself as my own artist. Devine Evans locked me in a recording studio for almost a year until i found my sound. I then dropped my first project currently on iTunes “The Adventures of Lex Lu”

What artists or producers have you worked with throughout your music career?
As a dancer I worked with Jennifer Lopez, Missy Elliot, Shakira, Snoop Dogg, Nicki Minaj, and Kanye West to name a few. Musically i’ve worked with producers/artists such as B SLade, Devine Evans,Y2, Shock Lion, Derek, Morten, Mateo Laboriel, Girl Crush, Anjelia, Roshon, Molly Mawlz, David Sebastian, Mister Mex, Rome Fortune, Noize Beatz, Big D, Scraps Slaps, Track Martians, K Theory, Verbs The Homie, IAMXLOVE, YS, Milli Milez, Blake, Curtis Bradford, and so many more.

What inspires you to make music? Who inspires you?
The need to be heard.The need to inspire. The need to release. All things that motivate me. I love the avenue of communication being an artist gives me. I get a platform to speak my mind. The person that inspires me the most is my Lil Lion Sebastian. The legacy I want to leave him is that he can be whoever he wants. That he can take any path he chooses. Living proof.

What are some of your greatest accomplishments?
I’ve been blessed to travel all over the world. I’ve pet lion cubs in Angola and held koalas in Australia . Moon danced with the Zulu tribe in South Africa and blew trees with Snoop in Amsterdam. Even with all that my greatest accomplishment is my Lil Lion.

Do you have new music coming out any time soon?
I’ve been cooking up new music all year and I’m close to finding my next single. My current visual “Watch The Crown” ft + prod by Y2 can be seen on Vevo.

What message do you want to get across to the younger generation?
Anything is possible… So dream. Then figure out your destination and grind till you get there. There is NO other way.

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Twitter: @lexlukillem
Instagram: @lexlukillem

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How Well Do You Think You Know Quinton Storm?

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Interview by @noritabango

Where are you originally from?
I’m originally from Tampa Florida. I’m a true southern boy lol!

How did you get started in the music industry?
I was a member of a boy band in Miami in 07-08 right after high school. After the group disbanded I had a offer to go solo and took a meeting with GMB/Epic at Sony and from there I’ve never looked back.

What artists or producers have you worked with throughout your music career?
Wow, I’ve been so lucky in that realm. I’ve worked with so many producers from original tracks to cutting demo records. Lets see… Andre Merritt (Chris Brown/Rihanna), Boi-1-da (Drake), Cory bold (Omarion/Keri hilson), Yonni (Trey Songz/lil Wayne), Kane Beats (Lil Wayne/Nicki Minaj), Kowan Paul (Janet Jackson) and so many more. I’m currently working on records for this final TLC album, I love them!! TBOZ is like a mentor to me in so many ways and she probably doesn’t even realize it.

What inspires you to make music? Who inspires you?
I’m inspired by real life situations I aim to be as transparent as possible! It has been a journey and still is of finding my self, my sound and my voice. I’ve been fortunate to have some great people throughout the years give me great pointers.

As for who inspires me I’d be here all day lol! MJ, Janet, TLC, Marvin Gaye, Usher, Aaliyah, Brandy, Missy, Dru Hill, Justin Timberlake, Joe, I can go on and on lol

What are some of your greatest accomplishments?
So far I’d have to say hitting 5 billboard charts with a mixtape. I’m still in shock over that I can’t believe that I was #1 on a chart and so high on the others just mentioning it is shocking. “The music in my head” is the title the project and is actually on soundcloud as well.

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Do you have new music coming out any time soon?
I’m currently writing music and preparing to get in the lab! I’m so excited to show my growth as an artist.

What message do you want to get across to the younger generation?
My whole being and everything I stand for is being YOU. No matter if everyone is going right, you can go left. It can be cool to show love and spread love In a world that glorifies negativity!!

Twitter: @Quintonstorm
Instagram: @QuintonStorm

This article is published in June Issue 71.
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Get to know JP Hanney

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Who is JP Hanney?
I’m just a southern boy from Louisiana! Just joking although I am from the “boot.” I am a Houston Texan heavily involved in the arts. My focus is fashion, music and photography. When you put all three together, magic happens.

What do you like to do in your spare time?
I have been a musician pretty much most of my life, so producing tracks and spending time in the studio brings me life. Fashion is also my passion. I enjoy putting pieces together that express who I am. I believe that fashion allows us to do that. There are no rules when you’re an artist. Lastly, I enjoy spending time behind my Canon lens. I love taking shots of random people and buildings.

What type of photographer would you consider yourself to be?
I don’t have one particular style of photography. I just enjoy taking cool shots. If the subject looks fascinating, I point and shoot. Same goes for a model shoot. If the model has a stimulating style or look, my creative juices begin to flow, which makes for a great shoot.

Who is your favorite music producer?
Wow…I have several! But if I had to choose one, I would say Pharrell Williams and then Timbaland. Both are so creative.

What inspired you to become an artist?
I have always been different from everyone else. I am a very observant person. Art allows you to express yourself. It doesn’t matter if it’s via music, photography or fashion.

What do you like most about fashion?
Expressing yourself through a piece of clothing or a pair of shoes can boost your confidence. I am really big into the fabrics and the production. For example, I am an avid sneaker collector. I enjoy lacing up a pair of exclusive leather sneakers with a theme or inspiration behind them.

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Who is your favorite designer and clothing brand?
I have several! Just name a few, Tom Ford, Giorgio Armani, Pharrell Willams, etc.

Are you working on any projects or collaborations?
I am currently collaborating with a designer by the name of Yaku Ray. His brand consists of T-shirts, polos, sweatshirts and knits. Yaku Ray Clothing has been around for about 5 years. We are in the process of working on a collection geared toward the fashionistas of the world.

What is your favorite city to visit?
I love New York City. The people are always grinding, whichkeeps me motivated and inspired.

How can we follow you online?

This article is published in June Issue 71.
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Young Lyxx Knows What It Means To Put In Work

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Interview by @noritabango. Got a chance to catch up with Young Lyxx for an exclusive Alwayz Therro interview. Here’s a closer look on what he has going on…

Where were you born and raised?
I was born in San Diego, CA. In my lifetime I lived in San Diego, New Orleans, Atlanta, and now Los Angeles.

Describe a real-life situation that inspired you?
When I moved to LA my homies brought me to my first official “Hills Party” and it was everything I thought it would be. The next day I recorded a song titled “In The Hills” which is on my upcoming project #GslmpDstrct hosted by DJ MLK. Listen to the song to get my experience 🙂

What artists have you worked with throughout your music career?
I have worked with Trinidad Jame$, K-Camp, MGK, Skyzoo, Killa Kyleon, FKi, Yung Joc, Don Cannon, Caroline Burt (Dash Dolls) and the list goes on and on but those are some just to name a few.

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What are some of your greatest accomplishments?
One of my greatest accomplishments was getting a song placement on a tv show on FUSETV. After receiving my first placement it inspired me to continue my journey as an artist as well as a song writer. Another great accomplishment was traveling to Thailand and doing 3 shows. That was amazing to perform overseas for the first time.

How would you describe your sound?
I would describe my sound as unique to me. You would have to know me to understand my sound and to understand my sound is to know me, if that makes sense. I’ve lived all over so you can hear each influence in my music.

Do you have new music coming out any time soon? Where can we find your current music?
I actually have a few different projects about to drop soon. The first to release is GslmpDstrct hosted by DJ MLK. I have already released 2 videos from it “DAYGO” & “BEEN ABOUT IT.” All my music is on my site (YOUNGLYXX.COM) or soundcloud (soundcloud.com/younglyxx-1)

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What separates you from other artists?
What separates me from other artist is that I out hustle a lot of artists. I’m doing all of the things I’m doing with no investor, no budget, no label. I also pried myself on being very cultured from living all over. Which allows me to authentically make whatever sound I choose to come up with because I really been in those cities to know how that music is really crafted.

What message do you want to get across to the younger generation?
Don’t ever let anyone tell you that you can’t. I live by the simple quote “find a way or make one”.

Twitter: @YoungLyxx
Instagram: @YoungLyxx

This article is published in Alwayz Therro Issue 70
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