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Your Future Favorite Rapper
One may or may not have heard of rapper Laws as of yet, but rest assured because it's only a brief matter of time before the young upstart emcee reaches that radar. With a heavy co-sign from the multi-platinum production team, J.U.S.T.I.C.E. League [Lil Wayne, Rick Ross], expect nothing but future greatness from Hip-Hop's latest golden child...
When did music first enter into your life?
When I was a kid, my parents would endlessly play "Jungle Love" by The Time, and "L.A. Woman" by The Doors. These are literally some of my earliest memories of life, so I'm sure it started sometime then.
How did the whole transition to emcee come about?
The shy kid lashed out and became a freestyle battler. Not much more to it than that.
Where exactly do you hail from?
I was raised in Long Island, so I'm a byproduct of the N.Y. Hip-Hop scene.
How do you best define your sound/style?
(It's) like having a fever dream inside a carnival's House of Mirrors.
Interesting! So, how did you come to be known as Laws?
Many origins are floating around, but it's just an arbitrary nickname that I adopted years ago. It made me think of a comic book hero, so I kept it.
Oh, okay! Well, how did you wind up connecting with J.U.S.T.I.C.E. League?
I was a pretty active member of the Tampa Hip-Hop scene. That, coupled with a particular career-ending feud (for him, not me) with a Tampa emcee, got me noticed by the League.
What did you title your forthcoming solo debut?
It's currently titled "untitled." That name is a testament to my procrastination.
Are the J.U.S.T.I.C.E. League producing the entire project?
As far as the album, it's still being developed as we're having this conversation, so I really couldn't tell you yet. So far, it's the League, and my in-house team, L.A and Feb 9.
Any special guests on the record?
I have no earthly idea. It might not have any cameos. We'll have to wait and see.
Do you have any favorite song(s) on the set?
The song "So Nice," from the 4:57 (mix-tape) project. It's a nice fusion of different music styles. I'm a fan of polar opposite sounds joining in interesting ways.
What are your future plans for sustaining longevity in music?
I just listen to what the voices in my head tell me. When they're not whispering at me to burn things, they provide some really good musical advice.
You're killing me! So, in addition to music, is there anything else that you'd like pursue?
I enjoy films. I don't know how that could translate to a career, but...I got started in music the same way. By just being a fan.
On a much more serious note, how do you view the current state of Hip-Hop?
I think there is an incredible generation of young talent that's going to shock the world. I'm glad to consider myself a part of the movement.
Gimme some insight into the personal side of Laws...
(I'm) a guy who enjoys a good song. Nothing more.
Besides doing music, what other things do you enjoy?
There are things besides music? Intriguing.
You're crazy! Well, ultimately, what is your 5 to 10 year plan in entertainment?
To have someone ask me that same question in 10 years. It means I still have a future.
As for now though, your debut solo album is due out when? What will the "official"lead single and/or video be? And, are there any plans to tour behind it?
No date is set yet for the album. We let the people decide what the single is. And, as long as people want to see me In person, I'll be touring.
With that being said, what's that "live" show element (gonna be) like?
I haven't yet hit the point in my career where my music has spread around enough to have people reciting my lyrics. I still have to work for people's attention on stage. So, right now, my answer is, "It is evolving."
Are there any mix-tape(s) or cameos on others works to look out for from you in the coming days, weeks, or months?
I don't like to spoil surprises. Things are on the way. All good things.
Is there anything else that I may have left out or forgot to ask about?
Nope! You have surveyed every nook and cranny of my personal life. I feel invaded. I hope you're happy. *We both laugh!*
Sadly,Thursday June 25th 2009, the world lost the greatest entertainer who ever lived -- What was your first reaction upon hearing the tragic news? How does Michael Jacksons untimely passing affect, not only you, but, music in general? And, in the wake of his demise, what does this mean for the future of recorded music?
I think the public/media response to Michael Jackson's death was disgusting. These same people had a field day when he was going through his legal battles, yet they wanna wipe the slate clean and share in the sympathy of those who stuck by him through all of that mess. The media in general is an absolute joke. They chew you up when you're down, and ignore you when you do anything good. I hope this man's tragic final years will remind people that musicians, even those of high social status, are human beings just like the rest of us.
Very well put! So, do you have any final message for our readers?
I'm more than words on a page. I can't wait till you discover me.
Thanks for taking your time out with me today, good luck with the album, and continued success to you!