Luz – Catching Up With Luz (Part 2)
HipHopLEAD: What’s good Luz? How’s 2011 treating you?
Luz: Everything is on the up and up, 2011 is so far so good. The stars seemed to be aligning and the world will soon be mine! haha
HipHopLEAD: We def. had to get a part two going on because HipHoplead.com has grown so much since our last interview, and ironically so have you. If you can sum up to the viewers how would you say you evolved since our last interview?
Luz: Well the first time around I was just a budding artist. Trying to find my own way, my own style, and a lot of what I did was testing the waters. Now I’m more chiseled, and the feedback has been Luz got his own distinct style and it’s more of a, no matter what I do I always try to come back flier than the previous time. Always one up yourself, like if I talked about buying a pair of Air Max 95’ the last time, this time it’s going to be the Air Max 95’s in every color way. Always wanting more.
HipHopLEAD: We heard you left Brooklyn for a little while and went to check out the hiphop scene in Hong Kong and Shanghai. How would you describe the hiphop scene?
Luz: Well I left to check out the music scene, not just hiphop. I say that because overseas it’s very diverse and the audience never consume one type of genre. They consume whatever is HOT, as far as hiphop go the underground hiphop scene is bubbling but POP music runs the joint. But whatever it is I’m prepared for it.
HipHopLEAD: How does it differ from the NY-Brooklyn scene you are used to?
Luz: Brooklyn is more about doing shows at the local spots and frequenting them and showing your face. It’s about being consistent, it’s about being able to deliver a certain type of feel every time, and it’s definitely about keeping it real, atleast to me. Over there it’s a simple formula and that is you need fire and you need to get people to move to your shit, and when I say simple formula I meant e=mc squared simple. haha
HipHopLEAD: Are you currently residing back in New York?
Luz: Yes sir, Brooklyn will always be a part of my up bringing and NY will always be a place where I want to be blowing up first. You do it here you can do it anywhere.
HipHopLEAD: Would you rather be famous in China or The U.S?
Luz: I want to be famous period. Haha it could be here, China, Bangladesh, North Korea…well maybe not North Korea. But you get my drift.
HipHopLEAD: Being you are from one of the most liberal states in the United States…. how do the Communist politics of China effect you when you visit?
Luz: Lucky for them I haven’t blown the F up yet. Or else the government will definitely have some censorship issues and be knocking down my doors 3 am in the morning seizing my computer. Anyways, I keep it low key cross the streets only during the green light, because they don’t play over there.
HipHopLEAD: What is it like working with (Grammy Award Winning) Producer, Omen?
Luz: Right now we still chopping things up. But he moves fast man. Like I give him one idea and he throws back three. It’s a learning curve to move as fast as O.
HipHopLEAD: Give us an idea of what a typical studio session is like for you guys?
Omen: Sup man
Luz: What’s good man
Omen: What kind of track you looking to do?
Luz: Well I’m leaning towards a “I’m almost there to the finishline, but not quite” type of track. But I also feel like I need some fly shit. Then he plays couple tracks and see how I’m feeling them and BAM, done. Hits me back with a few ideas and my turn to get to work.
Luz: This is literally how quick the shit is. haha
HipHopLEAD: Omen has some notable credits such as Drake, Lil Wayne, Ludacris, The Dream and now Luz. That doesn’t happen often for an unsigned artist. Do you feel the pressure working with a producer of that caliber?
Luz: When I first met O I was like oh man, let me make sure my hands aren’t sweaty when I give him a pound. But he’s a down to earth dude man, real laid back. He doesn’t have that arrogance where it puts people off, but at the same time you know he runs shit. So when it comes to me bringing my part to the table, I have to step it up 10 fold. I got to show them that I could put in work at this level of the game.
HipHopLEAD: What’s the first single you plan to drop that is produced by Omen?
Luz: That’s still hush hush, but will definitely report to you guys once confirmed.
HipHopLEAD: Are those records for an album?
Luz: We working the mixtape “Come Back Fly” and material for an album.
HipHopLEAD: What can the fans expect from your new mixtape “Come Back Fly” ?
Luz: Well the whole idea of come back fly is that, no matter what you do people will always critique you. Ultimately, it is up to you to ignore it or take it into consideration, come back and put any doubts or concerns to sleep. Like for my first mixtape people where like you got to come harder than that, where’s your storyline, where’s your delivery, where’s your punches, etc. And that’s what “Come Back Fly” addresses, like yo, here you go.
HipHopLEAD: Here at HipHopLead.com we like to ask questions out of the norm so the fans can get a broader understanding on you…so here we go …. What do you think about the US being involved in the situation that is happening in Libya?
Luz: I swear we were in debt from the money we lent to rebuild Iraq. Maybe we’re doing too much, trying to be big brother to the world. Nas once said, “how you going to take care of the world, if you ain’t evne take care of home yet.” Something to that effect.
HipHopLEAD: Even though you are Chinese how did the Earthquake in Japan effect you when you witnessed the devestation?
Luz: I actually have family and friends out there so hopefully everything will turn out alright. Not much I can do but donate and hope for the best at this point.
HipHopLEAD: Who are the top 5 artists in Luz Ipod in 2011?
Luz: Lupe! Is back on top, along with Wiz, Big Sean, Nicki Minaj, and Jim Jones. If you guys had a top 6 I would put Miguel & Frank Ocean in there too, even though he’s R&B.
HipHopLEAD: Eminem in 2001 or 2011?
HipHopLEAD: Back to the norm.. It was good kicking it with you again ..best of luck in the future. We are glad to see artists we interview broaden there horizons and start to build an empire. In closing give us any shouts outs, plugs, links or FU’s …
Luz: Shoutout Omen, Gee and Charles my management team, my people around the way, and everybody who thumbs up at my facebook page (facebook.com/thenameisluz).. Oh and one love to my grandma who passed away mid 2010. Life goes on. twitter.com/TheNameIsLuz