Today music artist one on one features hip hop artist Lew Static. We sat down to discuss his life, music, & opinion. He also promotes his brand new single WARNEND. Check out our full QA below.
Q) Tell me about yourself how did you get your stage name, where are you from,
where do you reside etc…
A) I actually started rapping at six years old. My mother was an artist and writer and actually wrote my first song on the B side of a Kriss Kross cassette, when they used to put the instrumental on tapes. For the next ten years I spent time perfecting my craft, learning my style, and name changes. Once I hit 16, my very first manager (Rick Madison) and I were in a Barnes & Noble’s going through so many names. He finally said “What about Lew Static? Then the label Static Groundz Ent” He was already looking at the future, and I was so tired of going through names I went with it, and it stuck around the city. I am a proud representer of Delaware, Wilmington to be exact.
Q) Who would be your dream artist to collaborate with?
A) I’m not really big on collabs, especially at this point in my career. I have a JCole complex with this type of thing. However if we’re talking past it would be Biggie. Present I would have to say Chris Brown. The rapper features are cool, but if we’re talking just one collab I want a hit record and all the rap verses. I’m stingy with the flows.
Q) Which artist inspired you the most growing up?
A) Growing up some big inspirations were DMX, Jay Z, Wayne, and of course Biggie was early on for me but a huge influence in regards to wordplay.
Q) What’s the story behind your song WARNEND? Who was the writers/ producers of the song? What do you enjoy about making music? Who directed and shot your video for the song?
A) WARnEND was a record written out of frustration. I had the ball rolling on some major things in my state and unfortunately didn’t pan out. The backlash this caused in my city drove me crazy, and I felt like everything I did as an artist and for many other artists, was being overlooked. I wrote this record as a reminder that I’ve been a catalyst in my state for many years when it came to the music scene, and as the scene here grows I won’t be forgotten. I wrote, recorded, mixed and mastered this record. It was produced by 93 Beatz out of Merced, Cali. The video is crazy no doubt, as far as who shot it…..well the industry is shady and needs to be taken over, is my only reply to that question. The thing I love about making music is that I can literally take a bad day, good day, sad day etc, and vividly paint my perception of it for the world to hear. In this day and age having an opinion about anything is so scrutinized, music has always been that outlet to just be free.
Watch WARnEND Video Below!
Q) What would you say is your biggest accomplishment to date?
A) My biggest accomplishment, is getting my four year old (then two) on a record. I don’t think even going diamond would top that because she was so excited and ‘til this day asks for me to play it. The record is called ”Princess LaLa 2” via “A Very Very Good Mixtape 2”,
Q) If you could cover any song what would it be?
A) I wouldn’t ever. I’m a rapper’s rapper so anything not mine doesn’t feel right. However, I did do damage on a lot of industry beats back in the day during the golden mixtape era.
Q) What are the most challenging things you experience as an RNB/HIPHOP artist in today’s industry? What changes would you like to see in the music/
A) I think the biggest obstacle I had was when I was born. Reason being is because I come from a time of lyrics being supreme in hip hop. I had a very tough time taking away from the craft to having to perfect the business. Again where I came from your only job as a rapper was to spit the dopest lyrics and punchlines of all time. Now it’s more so how can I have a litt social media campaign, because if you have that you can say the same three words on a three minute record. This transition was so tough for me, but I appreciate it because as my business IQ expands, my lyrics are super sharp, best of both worlds. I think one change that needs to happen is promoters, dj’s, music influencers should stop riding waves and just taking big paydays for whack artists. Majority of those artists burn out once the music shifts and there was no impact for the time they were on the frontlines. Let’s get back to getting behind real dope impactful artists, because honestly most of the OG’s don’t even listen to the new shit they spin.
Q) Do you think there’s a double standard in the industry, or in entertainment in
A) I don’t know about a double standard, but there is a lot of gimmick rap going on. Let’s get out of the insta rapper era and build the next generation of legends. The crazy thing about this era is it makes dope emcees like myself have to keep up with shit that has nothing to do with the culture. I respect my peers getting money, no shade, I just would like the gate keepers to get some border patrol 😂😂
Q) Do you have any new projects on the way or any performances occurring, any events? What’s your over plan for the next few months.
A) I have an album dropping on February 15th, titled “I Am Not A Delaware Rapper” WARnEND is the first single off that album. The album can be preordered now! Over the course of the year my plan is to really push this album to industry standards, as I prepare another one at the same time. I’m a studio rat so I have a booking manager lining up 2019 for me, if not I’d just stay in the stu like Pac.
Q) What makes you unique from other artist? Also whats your 5 year goal with your career where do you want to be ?
A) I feel as though I’m unique because I come from the tail end era of spitters. I’m close to Philly, so we had the Cassidy’s and State Prop guys too. My verses are a hip hop enthusiast dream, however I’m young enough to join those verses with the catchy hooks of today. I’m full of energy, and substance as well. You’ll always get a thought out answer from me, never the rapper status quo. In five years I plan to take my label and stamp a creative space with it. Just somewhere I can create, I plan on writing and being a part of new legends to come. I think in five years, if I am still rapping it’ll be like a Jay Z vibe, drop a surprise every 5 years type thing. I really want to focus on building new artists under my SGE brand.
Q) What do you do in your free time? Any Hobbies?
A) I don’t get much free time, because with a day to day job and music it’s crazy. I think as of recent my only free moments per say, I smoke good and play 2k19.
Q) Anything else you want to add/ Any Shoutouts? your Social Media?
A) Everything Lew Static can be found at kingstatic.com. Please support and download/stream “WARnEND” the video is also out on that record. “I Am Not A Delaware Rapper” is a huge turn in my career, please preorder and support. Aside from that,j ust thank you for taking the time to listen to a kid from Delaware.