Lido – West Coast Lyricist


Lido is fully committed to the art he loves. He wants to create songs that people can dance and vibe to. He understands the impact music can have. “I love how people react to my songs,” he says. “Can you imagine how you can move a whole crowd of people with your music? It’s crazy!” Lido’s ultimate goal is to, “Do something no one has ever done, like become the Michael Jackson of rap.”

With new music, new outlook, and new team backing him – get ready, world. “It’s Lidie Bz Baby!”

HipHopLEAD: Today we are kicking it with a new up and coming rapper named Lido. A few months back he dropped his new single (Honey), along with a video, then he appeared on “The N.E.W.” (first single off the Digital Dynasty Album, which happens to be Produced by’s very Own Glishy), and then he released another single called “I’m Gone” (with a video aswell), and he has made a mark on various internet mediums and high profile mixtapes. His music has been gaining a great response and now we are going to chop it up with the homie … one on one!

Tha Advocate “The N.E.W. (Album Version)” Ft. CoDizzle, Sketch Architec, J.D. Artist, Shawn Blayze, Lido, Blade Malice, Mass, Underground, Real Redrick (Produced by Glishy)

HipHopLEAD: For starts where did the name come from?

Lido: My birth name is Colitto. My family and friends call me Lido for short. I also go by LidieBz, which is a nickname given to me by my potna’ Randy Dukes, when were in high school at McClymonds.

HipHopLEAD: How does it feel to be labeled a West Coast LYRICIST from Tha Advocate and tons of other people hearing you over the past few years?

Lido: It is an honor to be label as lyricist. To me, a lyricist has a higher caliber than a rapper.

HipHopLEAD: Being called a lyricist puts you in a league of your own when your competition are just “rappers”. What made you craft your pen game the lyrical way, rather then the wocka flocka way?

Lido: I didn’t wake up yesterday and decide that I wanted to rap. I’ve had a long to develop and perfect my craft. Creative word play is something that doesn’t happen overnight and I started rapping and writing rhymes at 7 years old. I’ve been doing this a long time and becoming a lyricist came natural with time.

HipHopLEAD: Some of your earlier music experiences were watching YO MTV raps and then working with Stephen King. If there was no session with S. King or you never saw a YO Mtv Raps … would Lido still be the same artist he is today?

Lido: No, I wouldn’t be the same artist I am today. I would probably be “piggy backing” off other artists. If you think about it, the artist we saw on Yo MTV Raps – not one artist was the same. We had Slick Rick, Big Daddy Kane…even the females rappers had individual styles. You couldn’t say Queen Latifah and MC Lyte sound a like. As for working with Steve King, my music production probably wouldn’t be as great as it because we have a chemistry that hasn’t been matched working with other producers.

HipHopLEAD: Do you produce music as well?

Lido: No, not currently but it’s something I am leaning towards.

HipHopLEAD: How hard is it to stay focused on being positive and doing music when the mean streets of California can lure you in so easy?

Lido: For me, it wouldn’t be hard to say focused. I know right from wrong. Maybe if I was a teenager, I can see how I might be distracted but I’m not a teenager. I have to work. I have to record. I have obligations and responsibilities that I have to take care of. My plate is too full for me to be distracted.

HipHopLEAD: How do you feel about the Newer rap artists from Cali saying the OG’s aren’t helping them?

Lido: It’s a true statement. There were a few OG’s that wouldn’t give me a chance because I wasn’t following the trend of the hyphy movement. The OG’s were going for the moment and what’s hot now and not interested in longevity.

HipHopLEAD: Speaking of Cali hiphop .. there is a distinct difference in Bay Area music and say for example something from Long Beach or Compton … what makes the bay so independent with that type of sound?

Lido: We have mob music, something we can hop out our cars to and stunt to. Where as, LA they have that music you ride to…still gangsta but they cruising on a Sunday afternoon. In the Bay, we stunt all the time…no days off.

HipHopLEAD: Are you considered an outcast being you have more lyrics then most hyphy rappers?

Lido: In the Bay Area, we’re not known to be lyricists. We don’t have any lyricist coming out of the Bay Area. A lot of nursery rhymes are going on and it’s simple – trendy music, which makes it hard for a lyricist to make his mark.

HipHopLEAD: When you wrote “I’m Gone” .. what type of real life situations were you going through that reflected those lyrics?

Lido: People go through certain things in relationships and I thought it would be funny to make a song that reflects it. You hear women express their feelings but you never hear men express their feelings unless it’s in an R&B song. I basically wanted to give the male side of emotions and frustrations because we put on a front of “fuck that bitch,” when behind the scenes we really be trying to reach out to her and make things right – even though what I did was hella wrong.

HipHopLEAD: For those that don’t know can you tell us how the concept for your record “Honey” came about?

Lido: When I heard the beat, I was like oh okay..its sounds sweet. So, I went in with the mind state of I can’t be defeated, can’t nobody stop me, my kool aid is sweeter than yours.

HipHopLEAD: “Honey” sounds like Method Man styled lyricist with a Cali twist meets a Kanye West Beat in our opinion. How does that feedback make you feel?

Lido: It makes me feel good. Method Man is one of the illest emcees I’ve ever heard. Kanye is raw and uncut when it comes to production and he is an immaculate artist. So, I feel it’s a compliment.

HipHopLEAD: What’s next for Lido album wise or mixtape wise?

Lido: I am finishing up the Lidie Bz Y’all mixtape and I am also working on my debut album.

HipHopLEAD: Any features worth talking about on there?

Lido: I don’t have any features, I just wanted to give my audience a chance to get more acquainted with me as an artist.

HipHopLEAD: Being you are a WEST Born and Bred artist … who are your favorite West Coast artists?

Lido: Bay Area artist: Seagram (RIP) , JT the Bigga Figga, Richie Rich, Bad N-fluenz (RIP Rappin Ron), The Delinquents’, Cydal (RIP Eclipse), Mac Dre, C-Bo and RBL Posse. LA artist: Dogg Pound, Snoop, DJ Quik, MC Eiht, and BadAzz.

HipHopLEAD: Where were you when you heard Nate Dogg had passed?

Lido: I was in Downtown Oakland on 15th Street, when I got the text from my sister.

HipHopLEAD: How did that effect you when you heard the unfortunate news?

Lido: Man, shit…it was crazy. It was a shock. I grew up on Nate Dogg, Warren G– 213. Regulators is what did it for me. It was the coolest shit, I heard in junior high school. It was devastating. I knew after his first stroke, we wouldn’t see him again.

HipHopLEAD: What’s your goal for the hip-hop game?

Lido: My goal is to open up the door for talented artists from the Bay Area. So the world will know that the Bay Area has more than “just” hyphy artist.

HipHopLEAD: If you had to compare yourself to any rapper dead or alive ..who would they be?

Lido: I really can’t compare myself to anyone because I feel I have my own style.

HipHopLEAD: Here at 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 …. Other then music what does Lido do to make that paper?

Lido: Work, school, and financial aid. Can we say FASFA?

HipHopLEAD: Tell us about a hidden talent of yours?

Lido: I mean on 2k11. Holler at me if you want to hop online one time.

HipHopLEAD: Is 2pac the greatest hihpop artist ever?

Lido: Can’t say he was the greatest of all time but he was the greatest of his time. Just like BIG was the greatest of his time.

HipHopLEAD: Back To The Norm…. Name 1 song you’ve done that will have the viewers hooked!?!?

Lido: “Honey”.

HipHopLEAD: Thanks for hollering at us and in closing give any shoutouts….links to your sites….F.U.’S or whatevers clever?

Lido: Shout out to my young breatha gang, Blk Prophecy, Esquire, Tha mutha fuckin Sheriff, Steve King, Pep Love of the Hieroglyphics, Johnny Knoxx, Delphine Bongco, and a sick Shout out to Tha Advocate for putting me on. You can follow me on twitter @LidieBz and check out my Youtube channel: LidieBz

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