Wednesday, February 1, 2012

A New Kid On The Block

“That nigga Lex Luger…”

No, I don’t mean the wrestler of WWF/E and WCW fame.

I am of course referring to the producer who has been putting in a lot of work within the hip-hop community. His production trademark (that is, that little blurb this article began with) appealed to me but his sound and his production skills was what made me want to learn about the guy.

Here’s what I got…

Born Lexus Arnel Lewis, Luger was born on March 6, 1991 in Suffolk, VA. At current he is signed to the 1017 Brick Squad label. He started his career playing drums and learning the basics such as beats, measures, and bars. He then began experimenting with an MPC 2000 that he purchased from his uncle only to later begin using the PC-based digital audio workstation Fruity Loops.

He still uses it to this day.

The beginning, your first major production is always the best. With Luger there is no exception.

Waka Flocka Flame’s “Hard In The Paint” was his first instrumental to hit the radio airwaves. Luger was in Atlanta when he first heard the song playing.

Also while in Atlanta he received a phone call from Kanye West, unaware of who he was talking to for at least thirty minutes. Upon realizing to who he was speaking he enthusiastically agreed to fly to New York City to work with West. He eventually created eight backing beats for Kanye to use, including the beat for the single “H.A.M.”

Not too shabby, right?

He has produced tracks for Drake, Slim Thug, Ace Hood, and of course Waka Flocka Flame.

To me his most impressive credit is this one:

Lex Luger is responsible for production of Rick Ross’ juggernaut “BMF (Blowin’ Money Fast)”. For someone only two years in the industry this is a major coup.

As it currently stands Lex Luger touts an impressive catalogue of production credits. The last two years have been blessed.

Moreover he is getting to work with other artists such as Juicy J, Snoop Dogg, Wiz Khalifa, Soulja Boy, Lil’ Wyte, and many others.

Greatness never comes without the work and it is obvious to me that Lex Luger, despite his short time in the game, is putting in the work necessary. As 2012 begins to pick up and we head slowly into a new month I am left to wonder what we can expect next from this young man. If his past work is any indication, nothing short of amazing things are coming.

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