"Who's Hot?" Interview
By: Omar Cook
This week's "Who's Hot?" Artist of the week is Lex Culture, singer/songwriter/rapper from Oakland, California! This hot new artist has an ultimate goal to motivate the youth, and tell her story of what it’s like growing up in her shoes with aspirations of inspiring someone else to do the same. Lex Culture is a multitalented person being a former Basketball player & 3x National Amateur Boxing Champ. This artist has her own unique sound and has the talent to switch between rapping and singing successfully and brings a feel good vibe to her music.
We talked with Lex Culture in an exclusive interview, check it out below!
QUESTION: How long have you been making music and how did you get started?
Lex Culture: I’ve been making music officially for about a year now. I started singing in church choir at about age 4. Always loved it, just waited a while to make my own.
QUESTION: Musically, who has been your biggest influence in helping you along your journey and who are your favorite musicians?
Lex Culture: My biggest Influence musically would have to be J.Cole. I love how he always has a message in his music and seems like such a caring person. My favorites would be Erykah Badu, Lauryn Hill, Roddy Ricch, and Drake.
QUESTION: What artists would you like to collaborate with and why?
Lex Culture: Honestly I can only think of one person off the top of my head that I would love to collaborate with and that’s Roddy Ricch. I relate heavy to his music and it motivates me.
QUESTION: What do you feel is your best song/project ever released and why?
Lex Culture: Would definitely be my new single “Feel Me”, because it’s the most I’ve opened up in my music so far and I feel like you can really feel the emotion in the song.
QUESTION: What projects can we look forward to in the near future?
Lex Culture: I’m planning on releasing my first EP Titled “GRINDSZN” around June. It will definitely show my versatility as an artist.
QUESTION: How do you generate new ideas for your music?
Lex Culture: It usually comes randomly, or whenever I’m going thru something. I’ll just start typing in my notes on my phone or writing on paper so I’m feeling what I’m writing at that very moment.
QUESTION: What motivates you and how do you define success?
Lex Culture: My struggle is what motivates me. I’ve dealt with a lot growing up and I’ve always been able to overcome whatever situation I was in. I personally feel like success is when you feel like you’ve accomplished what you know in your heart that you can do. Overcoming every obstacle thrown at you and saying “Yea, I did that.” Being comfortable and confident in your position.
QUESTION: How do you describe your music to people and what separates you from other artists in your genre?
Lex Culture: I describe my music as motivating, music for the soul. What separates me is that I’m not trying to fit in anyone’s category. One thing I’m big on is that I’m not selling sex in my music and I’m letting young women know that you don’t need to advertise sex in order to be seen or heard. I want to spread the importance of self-love and self-respect, not to say talking about sex in music is wrong, it’s just not my lane. I feel like that’s the main reason a lot of people can really respect & feel my music on another level.
QUESTION: Do you believe there is a formula to being a successful artist?
Lex Culture: I feel like as long as you believe in your heart that being an artist is your destiny, that’s the key. Because if you want something bad enough you won’t stop until you have it.
QUESTION: Who is your greatest inspiration?
Lex Culture: Would definitely have to say my mom, she’s the strongest woman I know. She went through so much raising me and my brother on her own and everything that I do, I always have it in the back of my head that it’s for her. She deserves the world.
QUESTION: In your opinion who is the most influential and successful artist in your genre today and why?
Lex Culture: I would definitely say J.Cole. I feel like he was one of the main people that brought meaningful music back. His music will actually make you think, and it captures the younger crowds as well.
QUESTION: Which emotion more than any other, currently dominates your music? Joy, sadness, anger or passion etc. , and why?
Lex Culture: Passion, because I want to succeed so bad. Nothing in my life has been given to me and I want to prove to myself that I know I can do whatever I put my mind to.
QUESTION: What sacrifices have you had to make, to make your dream a reality?
Lex Culture: I’ve had to make a lot of sacrifices, I’ve been homeless off and on since I was about 12. And as an adult I’ve had to bounce back and forth from couches, alongside working 3 jobs just to be able to cover my bills. I rarely socialize or see my family, because of how much I work. I often guilt trip myself whenever I do have fun because I feel like I shouldn’t be doing any resting until i’m at where I want to be at in life.
QUESTION: What aspect of the music making process excites you most, and what aspect discourages you the most?
Lex Culture: Doing shows excites me the most. I always imagined myself when I was younger performing in front of large crowds and singing my heart out and making the crowd move. I’d have to say what discourages me the most would just be letting down people who I know look up to me.
QUESTION: Where do you see yourself and your music in 10 years?
Lex Culture: I see myself very well established and influential in the music industry. Hopefully producing tracks as well as having a music program for the youth.
QUESTION: What advice would you give to other up and coming artists or people looking to break into the music industry?
Lex Culture: Stay focused, don’t trip off who’s listening and who’s not listening. Be yourself, remain humble and grateful for the good and the bad.
QUESTION: Is there anything else you would like people to know about you or your music?
Lex Culture: Everything comes from the heart.