Check out our interview of a dope hiphop artist by the name of Lou Anthony from West Philly! A dope versatile artist! Make sure to check out his soundcloud page and music after the interview.
1. Tell us a little about yourself? Where you are from? How old?
I’m from Philadelphia, PA. I don’t like to consider myself a rapper – I think of myself as an artist because I’m versatile in a lot of ways that most rappers aren’t. I’m 19 and I’ve been writing music since the 4th grade.
2. Is there something you can’t live without in your studio?
Quiet. I can’t work in a noisy environment. I like things to be dead silent when I’m in the booth. A lot of my good friends that work with me in the studio don’t think the noise level is as important as I make it but if one unwanted sound gets picked up, 9x out of 10 it will ruin the song.
3. How did you start making music?/Why do you make music?
I wrote my first ever rap verse when I was in 4th grade. After that, I realized it wasn’t my strong suit so I put it off for a while until about 2006, 07, the era where I thought hip-hop hit a new standard. I saw all the flashy lifestyles the rappers were living and I, a poor little pre-teen, I wanted to live like those guys. So every time I write a song and get in the studio I do it for a better life for myself and my family but also to revive hip-hop because too many “rappers” now days are spitting on the great name of rap and hip-hop.
4. How old were you when you started?
I was about nine when I wrote my first piece of music. It wasn’t until I was about 12 or 13 when I started to take it seriously.
5. What inspires you?
My family and all the struggles that we’ve ever been through, haters, doubters, and the people that reject me now. The starvation for REAL rap and hip-hop music is what motivates me the most. I’m coming to get rid of every lame artist that spits in the face of real hip-hop.
6. Any artist you you look up too?
I really admire the things that artists like J. Cole, Drake, and Kendrick Lamar are doing. They are the modern faces of hip-hop, to me. Everything they deliver is just pure, clever, and meaningful. However, my biggest musical inspiration ever is Tupac Shakur. Shakur used hip-hop as a platform to fulfill his true philosophy. He was not just a rapper. His intelligence was beyond comprehension.
7. What Song are you most proud of?
I take pride in every song I do. Everything I write and record is pure me, pure Lou Anthony. As an artist you have to understand that not everyone, even die hard fans, won’t like every song you do. One song may not appeal to the ghetto and they’ll skip it every time they play the CD but that same song would be the favorite of a suburban kid or a country girl. As long as you take pride in whatever you do, that’s all that matters. You have to be your own number one fan.
8. What’s your background?
I’m from West Philadelphia. I grew up in really big household, dominated by women. They say no woman can teach a boy to be a man but my mom, aunts, and grandma did a pretty good job. They’re the reason why I do what I do. They’re the reason I’m at Gwynedd Mercy University making Deans List. I grew up in the part of town where you couldn’t sleep because of gunshots flying past your porch. Where you turn on the news in the morning and you hear about 5 people being gunned down around the corner from you. My city raised me just as much as my family did but I took my negative experiences and used them as fuel to create a better world for new generations.
9. What music do you most identify with?
I identify with hip-hop. I think it’s the most thought provoking genre of them all when it’s done right. If you want to understand what I mean listen to J. Cole and all the guys I mentioned before. It’s the most beautiful art there is.
10. Describe a real-life situation that inspired you?
I used to sit downstairs at the computer every night when everyone in the house was sleep and I would write songs. I hated to be bothered because I would be in a zone. I hated when people came downstairs because then I would have to stop reciting what I wrote out loud. So one night my little brother kept coming downstairs and walking past me to the kitchen. I was so angry that he was walking back and forth, up stairs and downstairs until I realized why he was doing it. It wasn’t to be nosey or anything like I thought. It was because he was hungry. We didn’t have any food in the house. He went back upstairs and I wasn’t angry anymore. I cried. And I am not in the slightest an emotional guy. I cried like someone I loved had died. It hurt me so much that I couldn’t do anything for him.
11. What food, drink, song inspires you?
I LOVE Herr’s Red Hot potato chips and chicken tenders and fries with an ice cold Arizona tea on the side. It puts me in my happy place.
12. What is your dream project?
My dream project would be to work with my living idol J. Cole and maybe collab for a mixtape, album, or even a tour. He is my number one living musical inspiration.
13. Name three artists you’d like to be compared to.
When everything is said and done, I want my name to mentioned with Jay-Z, Biggie Smalls, and Tupac Shakur. I don’t make music to be just another artist. I do it for people generations from now, when everyone who’s living right now is long dead, I want people from those generations to know my name and know what I stood for. Like the Martin Luther King of music.
14. Favorite or most inspirational place?
The studio. I’m free to be me, act a fool, act as silly as I want, all while working and doing what I love to do.
15. What’s the best piece of advice you’ve been given?
“Be true to yourself.” Whenever I feel as if I need to question if what I’m doing is “cool” or whatever, I think of the wise man who told me that. I also think of Tupac and how he was under microscopes from the PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES and congress and everything for the way he carried himself and what he rapped about and how he pretty much gave them all the middle finger and proceeded to be himself. That takes guts.
16. Professionally, what’s your goal?
I want to be the best ever. Period. I know I can, I know I have everything it takes and I know how hefty of a goal that is but someone has to be the best ever, right? Pac, BIG, and Jay all had that goal, and I’m sure when they were in my position that no one believed them either.
17. What wouldn’t you do without?
I couldn’t do without my family, my studio, and my ambition. Those are the things that make me and continue to drive me.