Brooklyn rapper Lerix took time out his busy schedule to chop it up with Skewln.com. We talk about: him as an artist, life, sports, up coming projects you name it.
Mike Real: Lerix, your name seems to be self explanatory, but I’m interested to hear your explanation on why you decided to go with that name “Lerix?”
Lerix: I decided to go with Lerix more as a reminder to myself on how to approach my music. If you’re going to have a name like Lerix, there can be no slacking when comes to writing, otherwise I don’t deserve the name.
Mike Real: New York is known for having hardcore emcees, without giving a cliché answer, what makes you different than the next rapper?
Lerix: Well first off, I don’t fit the stereotype of a typical rapper from New York. My look and approach with people is very different and very personal. I smile a lot; I love to laugh and have fun. I’m basically a big kid. That throws people off sometimes especially out here in Brooklyn. (Ha-ha).
Mike Real: Do you currently put limitations on yourself as far as working with other artists outside your current style or genre? In other words would you work with a south rapper, R&B artist, pop artist etc? If so, why is that?
Lerix: No limitations at all. I’ve actually worked with artists of different genres before from Dubstep to Rock music. I love creating music and collaborating with cool people. I have a lot more collaborations coming up too! Stay tuned!
Mike Real: If you had the paperwork on the table and you had to make a decision today which direction would you choose: Indie Label or Major Label, and why?
Lerix: I would sign with an indie label. I want the freedom to do the music I love without worrying about a record label breathing down my neck for a “hit single.” I cherish quality over quantity, always!
Mike Real: As an artist where do you see yourself in the next 3 to 5 years?
Lerix: I see myself doing what I do on an even larger scale. Creating more content, both in and outside of the music world. Lerix fans are popping up all over the place, so I imagine I will be on the road more which is fine by me, I love meeting new people.
Mike Real: How would you classify a successful music career as in pertaining to yourself as an artist?
Lerix: A successful music career to me is having the means and the freedom to create and perform the music you and your fans want to hear on a regular basis.
Mike Real: Any up coming projects pending at this moment, if so what is the name and when is it dropping?
Lerix: Absolutely, I’m about to drop my latest E.P. “Dinner with Jack Donanghy” this February. I’ve also started working on my next project, but I have no name or release date for that one yet.
Mike Real: Every artist begs others on Twitter, Facebook, in the streets to please listen to their music. They seem to always promise that their music will not disappoint. Why will your next project not disappoint?
Lerix: I can’t promise my music won’t disappoint some, but I don’t make music to convince people to like what I do. I make music for my fans and myself. They know what to expect from me, for them I know I won’t disappoint because I haven’t strayed from making the music I believe in.
Mike Real: We’re going to go left for just a minute; there’s only one New York, I know New Yorkers have a great sense of pride when it comes to being a New Yorker. Let’s take it back to 9/11/01. As a New Yorker and an American what was going through your mind during the events of 9/11. I know New Yorkers are used to seeing the towers, how did you process the situation?
Lerix: 9/11 was insane for me. I actually used to work in the mall in the towers. Luckily I was not working that day and none of my friends were hurt. It’s still weird to know that it’s gone and even weirder to see the area so drastically changed. I jog around there from time to time and it always brings back memories. It’s like losing a close friend, you never forget but you move on.
Mike Real: On a litter note; you’re based out of Brooklyn, so that means you’re going to be a hardcore Brooklyn Nets fan …right (humor)? I’m sure you already have your Kris Humphries Brooklyn Nets jersey on pre-order …right?!?! (Lol)
Lerix: NOPE!!! (HAHAHA) I love Brooklyn but I’m a Knick fan and I always will be. I think every city should have 1 team from each sport and that’s it. Last thing New York needs is another team causing traffic. No Humphries for me, I rock with my orange and blues all day! (HAHA)
Mike Real: Staying with New York; I always ask New Yorkers this question …in your opinion who won the battle between Nas & Jay-z? Now I might be bias, but I give it to Jigga man! “Take Over” was CRACK! Last question; who’s the king of New York?
Lerix: The king of New York is still Biggie! But Jay is a very close 2nd (HAHAHA)
Mike Real: Any shout outs?
Lerix: Big shouts to all my fans and supporters, I love you guys! And big shout out to my team!
Mike Real: Lerix, thanks for taking the time to chop it up with us here at Skewn.com. We appreciate it…
Lerix: Thank You, Homie! I always have fun kicking with you!