I2G chilled with Greenville, South Carolina’s own, Luck for a exclusive interview. We discuss his new album, Man On A Mission, his start in the game and much more so check it out.
Illuminati 2G is here with Luck how’s it going?
It’s going good man how you doing?
Good, tell me a little bit about how you got your start in music and who are some of your musical influences out there coming up.
I got started back in school, I literally picked up a paper and started rhyming. Back then when I was playing ball in high school I decided to recite one of my rhymes on the bus ride to the game and everyone went crazy. I did not take it seriously until a couple years later. Once I did take it seriously, I started recording and trying to get my name out there in the industry.
Alot of my influences comes from the greats like Eazy-E, Nas, Outkast, Eminem, and even old school artists like Marvin Gaye, Otis Redding. I also get alot of inspiration from the new artists today because it keeps me hungry and it keeps me competitive.
Tell me about the music scene there in Greenville, South Carolina where you are from.
The music scene out here I would say it is up and coming. Right now obviously it is not as big of a market right now as say a Atlanta, which is only a couple hours away. Out here you have alot of hungry artists out here trying to come up, and right now I am trying to be the head of this movement here to give it a head of steam and be recognized.
You just recently dropped your album entitled Man On A Mission. Tell me a little bit about the album and how it came together for you.
Man On A Mission encompasses my mindstate right now trying to come into the game. I am serious about my craft and I am not going to allow anything to deter me from my main goal, which is to be the best.
It encompasses everything as far as my passion for life, my family, trying to accomplish my goals and my dreams. Anything outside of that, really is not concerning me, I am a man on a mission right now. This is actually my first solo project, and I was actually in a group for a little bit but we are not together anymore. I just feel like right now it is my time.
Do you have any videos or singles set to drop from the album?
Yeah right now we are pushing the first single, Ripping & Running. The video is doing good right now on YouTube.
What’s on deck for you now that the album has come out, another album, mixtape?
We still pushing and promoting Man On A Mission and I am currently working on a new mixtape. I don’t have a title for it yet, but yeah I am working on that and putting together a mini tour.
My favorite track off the album is Black Rose. Have you ever thought about doing a video for that song?
Yeah alot of people like that track, I think it is because the track is so intimate, personal and passionate. That beat though is not a original beat so what I want to do is re do the track over some original production and then do a video for it. I also want to perform Black Rose live as well, because that is also my favorite song off the album.
What are your thoughts on hip hop in 2011?
Man that is the golden question right now. The state of hip hop, and I know alot of people sometimes speak down on the new artists coming in or compare it to the 90’s. But I am actually excited about hip hop, because it seems to me right now alot more artists are getting the chance to be heard and you get to experience a whole different range of MC’s. I think it is going to another phase to where it becomes even more lyrical than what it is right now. It just seems like everyone is developing their own voice and sound and it is alot less copy cat.
Do you have any favorite albums from this year that have dropped so far?
I dig the music Rick Ross is putting out right now. I loved Big K.R.I.T.’s album and he is one of my favorites right now. I dig that new Drake album as well and the Lil Wayne album. There is so much music out there, but any and every opportunity I have to listen to new music I do.
Alright well that is all the questions I have for you, appreciate you getting down for the interview. Is there any last words or shoutouts you want to get out there to the people?
I want to give a shoutout to my family and friends and everyone out there doing they thing. And big shoutout to Illuminati 2G for showing love. This hand to hand interaction is needed more and more in music right now.