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TAMPA, FL - Music is something that runs in Leph Louie’s blood. His father who passed away in his home country of Trinidad & Tobago about three weeks ago was also a musician. Following in his father's footsteps he shares the same passion.Two days before his late Father’s birthday, he’s releasing the second installment of the Work &Faith series, “Work & Faith II.” It’s an album that he said is cohesive in that all the beats, lyrics and vibes flow off of each other.“It’s good riding music,” he said. “There are some songs I’m turning up and having fun with, and then there are songs for the bad days. I take you through whatever mood I might have been in on that day I made the song.”Leph said the album title is a perfect description for the themes running through the project – all of which display his hard work and dedication to music.“Hard work and faith … those are the only two things you need,” he said. “You can get anything done with those two things.”Songs on the album range from lyrics for that special someone, feel good music for those days you’re feeling confident, to exploring feelings after the loss of a loved one, to the experiences of betrayal. He said all of these songs ultimately tell a story of the various experiences he’s had or seen – a kind of lens through which he sees the world.It’s his focus on the lyrics in fact, that set him apart from the crowd. He said, “a lot of people say today’s rappers don’t care about the lyrics and are merely looking for a good beat or instrumental that’s pleasing to the ears.” But he intentionally focuses on the witty lines and wordplay to enhance the different rhythm patterns in his music.“That’s because I care about the craft,” he said. “I’m in my own lane and I’m saying stuff that’s relatable. That’s what I want to do with my music. I want to be that person you can relate to. I want to have that song that you want to turn up to on a Friday night, or if you’re going through a hard time I want to have a song that gets you through it. I turned to music when I lost people, and I want my music to be something that helps others in the same way – music that makes you laugh when you’re happy and cry when you’re sad.”The first single off the album is called “Full Deck,” and was just released on March 31. He said it’s a fun song that encourages people to just act crazy and party it up after a long day.
“… as artists we can make sure rap music doesn’t stray too far from its roots by continuing to be creative and taking pride in our product.”
Check out the interview with Leph Louie exclusively on Skilly Magazine Online.
Skilly: How were you able to start your journey in the entertainment business? Where did this all start?
Leph Louie: I first started performing in clubs and getting radio airplay in Denver, CO. Networking with DJ’s, promoters, and other artists helped me build up my buzz.
Skilly: What are some of the creative ways you use to promote your music?
Leph Louie: I’m always trying to come up with new ways to promote my music. In the past I’ve given away t-shirts, wristbands, lanyards, music, etc. to help get my name out there. I also jumped on several shows with national acts. That gave me exposure in front of larger crowds.
Skilly: What is the greatest challenge you face in today’s entertainment business? How do you overcome them?
Leph Louie: The greatest challenge is trying to stand out in an oversaturated industry. Everybody and they Momma raps now, so people don’t think most unsigned rappers are worth listening to.
Skilly: How is the music scene like in your hometown? What do you like about it and what don’t you like?
Leph Louie: The hip hop music scene is dope. There’s a lot of local artists you might’ve never heard of making really good music.
Skilly: Where do you think the future of music is going to be? How do you feel artists can be more a part of it?
Leph Louie: No telling what the future holds, but as artists we can make sure rap music doesn’t stray too far from its roots by continuing to be creative and taking pride in our product.
Skilly: What advice can you give to other upcoming artists and musicians trying to achieve success?
Leph Louie: Work hard and have faith in your vision and what you believe in.
Skilly: What inspires you to write your next song?
Leph Louie: Varies. It can be a scene in a movie or something that just happened the night before. Sometimes I just wake up in the mood to write and start going through beats till I hear something I like.
Skilly: What are the steps you take to make a song?
Leph Louie: I come up with a concept and maybe a line or two to use in the chorus. After that, find a beat that fits the vibe and then start putting my lyrics together.
Skilly: What do you think makes a great song?
Leph Louie: A great song to me has to bring out some emotion in me. All of the greats have songs that you can play for whatever type of mood you’re in at that time or they can bring you into their world and make you feel where they’re coming from.
Skilly: Where can we connect with you? Can you give us your social media links and where we can contact you?