Chicago rapper Lethal Tha Curser was introduced to hip-hop music at a very early age by his mother while growing up in the Stateway Gardens housing project. His influences include—but are not limited to—Three 6 Mafua, NWA, LL Cool J, 2Pac and Slick Rick. By age 8, he began rapping and found himself drawn to rappers such as Scarface, Ice-T and Snoop Dogg.
While working with a local artist named Rappin Tate, Lethal Tha Curser learned the fundamentals of writing and performing rap. Gaining popularity under the name Rapalot, he moved to Chicago’s southwest Morgan Park neighborhood and took notice of southern production companies like No Limit and Cash Money. Changing his name to Lil Lethal, he learned how to make beats and created Pitfall Productions.which became McCurser Music Group, Inc. in 2009. The label focuses on the genres of R&B, Pop and Jazz.
Lethal Tha Curser is currently working on his “Nelly Kruger Mixtape” which is set for release in May 2011. “Curser Chronicles,” a full-length CD, is also in the works and scheduled for release in March 2012. Fully dedicated to his career, Lethal Tha Curser intends to bring versatility to the rap game by challenging to rise to new levels. Crediting music with assisting him through difficult life experiences, Lethal Tha Curser says, “Some people need my music to get them through a tough situation.”
HipHopLead- Lets get right into this … how did you come up with your stage name?
Lethal Tha Curser – Well I went by the name of Lil Lethal in my teens and during my freshmen year I went with Lethal Tha Curser because my lyrics can be hex based. I sometimes say twisted lines which leaves an impression and I’m a fan of rebellion, controversy and being different.
HipHopLead- Lately Chicago has been making headlines for all the wrong reasons. How bad would you say the murders are out there right now?
Lethal Tha Curser – It’s crazy out here. I realize my key to survival is staying away from where I don’t belong. It makes me sad to see so many mothers having to bury their children instead of sending them off to college. These people are frustrated and it’s even more messed up when you got so much corruption in the city. The politicians aren’t doing their part to make sure the rate decreases. They don’t give a damn and on top of that we are our own downfall in certain cases.
HipHopLead- Growing up in the Projects in Chi-town must have been eye opening. What pros and cons is there for you coming from Stateway Gardens?
Lethal Tha Curser – Well when I was coming up there was more structure. There were codes to abide by. The environment was crazy at times but I think for the most part there was structure. The old school ways were dominant and people respected their elders. After a while you want to get out the ghetto and turn things into a more better experience. I don’t regret my days there as a youth with my siblings and mother. I gained wisdom from the situation and realized what to do, what not to do and where I wanted to be. In my adult years I tend to keep to myself and not bother people.
HipHopLead- What made you wanna get into HipHop?
Lethal Tha Curser – I was exposed to it at a young age. My mother always tells me about how every time she played LL Cool J “I’m Bad” I would recite that song line for line. My stepfather was into the EPMD, KRS ONE and Eric B and Rakim. My mother was into Slick Rick and Eazy E. People always tell me how I would throw tantrums when they turned the music off. I got inspired by these artists and I loved watching The Box. Gangstarr had this joint called “Mass Appeal” which was so sick, it’s my favorite song after all these years. The music and the messages were offensive to them because they didn’t understand it but I loved how we had so much of a balance back then. You had people like Jeru Da Damaja, NWA, Run Dmc, Gangsta NIP, Geto Boys and the list goes on we had lots to choose from.
HipHopLead- Who were your personal influences to get into music?
Lethal Tha Curser – I was influenced by Krs One, 2pac and NWA for the most part. Pac in particular had a range and was ahead of his time.
HipHopLead- What would you say the main difference is between the “Nelly Kruger” mixtape and “The Curser Chronicles” ?
Lethal Tha Curser – Nelly Kruger is me giving you raw uncut music. I’m not trying to follow the stuff that’s out now. You get a mixture of horror-core and you get a emcee side of me that people wouldn’t think exist. “Curser Chronicles” is a collection of some of my favorite songs I’ve done over the years. I put together an LP to give people a feel of where my head is at.
HipHopLead- Your latest album, “The Curser Chronicles”, is an 11 song collection ranging from songs dealing with crime, societies ills and the everyday struggle. Do you think from being from a city like Chicago it makes you fit the mold regarding those topics?
Lethal Tha Curser – Indeed. Dig this, Chicago is a big city, there’s lots of things to do but when it comes to music the artists here can get frustrated due to the lack of support . Flowers don’t bloom in Chicago, we deal with so much bullshit here and I like to show people you can be unique and sleep well at night instead of trying to jump on bandwagons.
HipHopLead- How has Lethal Tha Curser evolved since the last album?
Lethal Tha Curser – I write more thought provoking songs but I still stick to my formula. I’m a versatile artist and this is something my stepfather always got on my case about. Do something for the women. Do something with a message. Music is supposed to be fun so I have fun everytime I write new ideas. I like to challenge myself to do different things that will reach an audience. New things and experiences has happened in my life which creates new ideas and concepts. This is a business and I have to put myself in the consumers shoes.
HipHopLead- Speaking of albums and mixtapes .. hit us with some links for our viewers to purchase your mixtapes and albums..
The latest mixtape will be released June 2013.
HipHopLead- Any new projects coming out after this? Any features?
Lethal Tha Curser – “Nelly Kruger” Mixtape Drops in June and “The PreReQ LP” comes out in August.
HipHopLead- One song that intrigued us was “Let Tha Curser Speak”. It was basically a Pac sounding inspirational spoken word manifesto. What made you write that record?
Lethal Tha Curser – That song was originally supposed to be called Black Power but I had a real deep conversation with a friend of mine and I just felt the need to speak to the people. I wanted people to know I’m a man with sense and I want to spread my knowledge with you all. Let’s bring the structure back into the families and relationships. Give the kids something to think about because at the present time we got too many youth throwing their lives away over dumb stuff. I feel like we need to come together. I like the unity I see in other ethnic groups and we should do the same and step away from the Willie Lynch after effect. Easier said than done though.
HipHopLead- Sometimes we see how art imitates life. How would you feel if someone got inspired to do a home Invasion after hearing your song “Home Invasion”?
Lethal Tha Curser – I can’t take the blame for that, as an adult or teen you should know right from wrong. Three 6 Mafia didn’t inspire me to do drugs. Tupac didn’t inspire me to sleep with peoples wives. You gotta know how to be a leader and know the consequences for your actions. That song was based off of people who was posing as cops and invading homes around that time. It was fun making that track.
HipHopLead- With that said do you think more artists should take responsibility for their lyrics or is it more in the listeners up bringing?
Lethal Tha Curser – I think it’s the upbringing. You ever noticed a person say they don’t like rap but curse more than the rappers? You know there’s songs from the 70s with curse words in them? We live in a country of free speech. There’s a reason why games have the ratings they do. It’s a reason why there are parental advisory signs on our album covers. Everything starts at home. Stop allowing the idiot box babysit your kids.
HipHopLead- Hit me with 8 of your favorite bars you ever spit…
Lethal Tha Curser – “Today I’ll get married/tomorrow commit adultery/ and Wednesday get a divorce now you can forget that you know me/ its methods to my madness to you drama queens fiending for action/ i sit back laughing ignore you and watch your reaction/ tha curser reign supreme, I’m mad and mean/ Mr country boy call me papa Bernstein/ You niggas leave me alone because I’m not harassing ya/ but I make you skip breaths in yo sleep like sleep apnea.”
HipHopLead- Who does Chicago lean towards for more inspiration … the Nas and Jay z’s or the Snoops and Dre’s ?
Lethal Tha Curser – We in the middle of it all so you may have some who lean more toward the Nas and Jay and others for Snoop and Dre. I’ll say for me personally I can go to all for inspiration. At one point my inspiration was Three 6 Mafia and Project Pat.
Here at HipHopLead.com we like to ask our features some questions that really are out of the norm.We do this because it gives the fans a broader outlook on you.So lets get it cracking ….
HipHopLead- What do you think of Chicago gangster rapper Chief Keefs music?
Lethal Tha Curser – He’s Chicago. He has a formula that works for him and his base likes what he brings to the table.
HipHopLead- What do you think about him crying in court when being sentenced to 60 days in Juvenile detention?
Lethal Tha Curser – That’s no place for no one. I hope he stays out of trouble and get that behind him. Keep your head up Keef
HipHopLead- Best Chi-town rapper to ever do it?
Lethal Tha Curser – It’s a toss up between Kanye,Twista and Common.
HipHopLead- Other then music what do you do with your time?
Lethal Tha Curser – I watch New York Undercover reruns. I check out Suze Orman on CNBC.
HipHopLead- (Laughs) Wow didn’t see that coming. Tell us a hidden talent you have?
Lethal Tha Curser – Setting off smoke alarms!
HipHopLead- Wtf happened to the Bears this year? They looked good in the start.
Lethal Tha Curser – I’m not into football I been pulling for the bulls though be glad when Rose returns.
HipHopLead- What do you think of the Nation wide gun ban going on in America right now?
Lethal Tha Curser – I think we need to have our right to bear arms. The one thing these shooters have in common is they are emotionally detached. If you want to have measures in places to keep it from getting to the wrong hands that’s one thing. Please Mr. President don’t infringe on our constitutional rights.
Back To The Norm…….
HipHopLead- Any music videos in the works?
Lethal Tha Curser – Actually I’ll be filming my “Hip Hop Student” video sometime this spring. Maybe I’ll get that song on a Digital Dynasty mixtape too who knows. But yea I got three videos I plan on doing for Nelly Kruger.
HipHopLead- Name 1 song you’ve done that will have the HipHopLead.com viewers hooked!?
Lethal Tha Curser – If you a fan of the old school Hip Hop then I’ll say “Hip Hop Student”.
HipHopLead- Thanks for hollering at us and in closing give any shoutouts….links to your sites….F.U.’S or whatevers clever!
Lethal Tha Curser – Curser Chronicles on Itunes, Amazonmp3 and CdBaby. Shout out to Tha Advocate and those of you who believed in me all these years. You know who you are!