Founder of S.I.N. music group, rapper L.E.G.A.C.Y., gains focus and inspiration from his experiences and surroundings. Refusing to be rushed into releasing anything that is not 100% him, this Hall Of Justus member explains that he is willing to wait to complete his forthcoming album Suicide MUSIC because it will leave a crater in the rap world…
In his own words: “My music is authentic, at times painful and dark but always very detailed”.
This is L.E.G.A.C.Y.
Lady Jay UK: When and how did you start out in hip hop? Tell me the story…
L.E.G.A.C.Y: That's a long boring story that happened many moons ago in a galaxy far, far away, when the music was dope and artists were really artists.
Lady Jay UK: What do you mean by that? Not the galaxy, the 'music was dope' bit.
L.E.G.A.C.Y: I mean it was the most creative and rebellious music out. It had a voice. It was about something… way different then today, way more consistent.
Lady Jay UK: What's L.E.G.A.C.Y music all about?
L.E.G.A.C.Y: It's the most creative and rebellious music out. It has a voice, it's about something, way different than today, way more consistent, lol. Seriously though… I want people to listen to my verses and really take something away from the words, my music is authentic, at times painful and dark but always very detailed… I'm a writer first and foremost.
Lady Jay UK: You're part of the The Hall Of Justus Music Group, home to artists Little Brother; 9th Wonder; Krysis and The Away team, to name a few. Am I right that you got involved through 9th Wonder, what happened?
L.E.G.A.C.Y: No 9th did not get me involved with HOJ, 9th did get me involved with The Justus League… there's a big difference in the two. My talent got me involved with Hall of Justus.
Lady Jay UK: What does it mean to be part of Hall of Justus?
L.E.G.A.C.Y: To me it used to mean this unstoppable force this powerful thing assembled to make this movement happen… now I think the meaning has been lessened or cheapened, all based on individuals now ,just the name brand now… gotta have a brand.
Lady Jay UK: Your track 'Insomnia' was on the Legclusives mixtape. I get that shit and I hate it. Do you still struggle sleepin' and how do you deal with it?
L.E.G.A.C.Y: No not anymore, that song was recorded in 2003 and during that time period of when I wrote it, I couldn't sleep.
Lady Jay UK: Tell me about 'Suicide Music'… It's been delayed right?
L.E.G.A.C.Y: Only delay on it is me actually finishing the album. There has been a number of factors in the completion of the album, but I look at it like the longer it takes the better the album will be. We're fine tuning it. I still to date only have 7 definite songs done, trying to get the "right" beats for the rest of the album.
Lady Jay UK: It sounds like you’re very particular about what you want. Is it a case of: you'll know it when you hear it, and you'll just have to wait? What can we expect from this album?
L.E.G.A.C.Y: I will know when I hear it for sure and I have been waiting for it, I'm patient though.
You can expect some shocking subject matter, me dealing with some big world / life issues but not in a preachy way to where it's too much to consume. You can expect I will stir up some waves with this album, a lot of people will be offended by some of the material, expect one of the best written pieces ever, expect a classic… and people use that term way too loosely but I'm really gonna put together a classic.
Lady Jay UK: What's important to you when you're making an album?
L.E.G.A.C.Y: Is it me? Have I done all that I could do as an artist to make this a near perfect (or perfect) and innovative project? Can fans (consumers) still listen to this 5-10 years down the road? I mean with my first album "Project Mayhem" the majority of it was recorded 2001-2002, but was released in 2005, and fans to this day in 2008 still talk about that album… I feel like I did my job, there's some very memorable songs on that album. This time this is the first time people will actually hear me new or recent, and the world will see a drastic progression… I've grown a lot since I recorded that "old" material.
Lady Jay UK: How has it progressed?
L.E.G.A.C.Y: It has more feeling more conviction than my old material to say the least, it's more calculated… designed more for the long haul.
Lady Jay UK: So what have you been doing in life and music recently L.E.G.A.C.Y. And what have you got coming up?
L.E.G.A.C.Y: In life – just trying to be more productive overall. I'm really trying to focus on staying on the good side of Karma and not take things or people for granted. In music – just lining up various things (features on other projects, mixtapes, interviews ,movie auditions, etc. etc.) that all in all is part of one big scheme of things so to speak… that being "Suicide Music"… that is top priority… gotta finish this album… correctly. After it's done a huge burden will be lifted off my back and a lot of other things will open up for me.
Lady Jay UK: What has influenced you most, musically?
L.E.G.A.C.Y: Life in general… I feel like no artist should ever run out of material to write about or make songs about as long as you're alive you should be inspired by something… if' you're an artist that is.
Lady Jay UK: What has influenced you most in life so far?
L.E.G.A.C.Y: Being able to be here… honestly… a lot of my peers, family, and so on and so forth didn't make it here today.
Lady Jay UK: Does that drive you to capitalise on what you have?
Lady Jay UK: Tell me about your name: L.E.G.A.C.Y., and why you chose it…
L.E.G.A.C.Y: It's an acronym for L ife E nds G radually A nd C hanges Y ou… pretty much means the same time you're living you're dying… gotta leave something behind. In this case the "legacy" is my music, my words.
Lady Jay UK: Have you ever released a track and wished you hadn't?
L.E.G.A.C.Y: No, but a label has, lol. I have a very extensive catalogue; released and unreleased but honestly I'm not ashamed of any songs I've ever recorded. I may not like the song(s) personally but no shame.
Lady Jay UK: Who do you respect musically?
L.E.G.A.C.Y: Whoever sticks to what they do and who they are. Whatever genre, if you're making good music from the heart not gimmick I respect that.
Lady Jay UK: Tell me about S.I.N. music group. Why did you set that up?
L.E.G.A.C.Y: Originally designed as a show / party promotion company slash label has pretty much been ALL shows and parties. The hunt for talent is not as easy as it seems. Trying to find talent with the total package (personality, talent, good live) has been quite a task but either way Strength in Numbers Music will continue to grow in the future. "Quality Music, Quality Events", many more innovative shows to come and more signature “Whut? Thee Mixtape" Chapters to come.
Lady Jay UK: Where can people find out about your events?
L.E.G.A.C.Y: On the internet of course, the whole world is online, but for events go to myspace.com/sinmusicgroup. We're currently regrouping and re-staffing to get come back stronger soon.
Lady Jay UK: What's the best track you ever did?
L.E.G.A.C.Y: That's like asking Michael Jordan what's his favourite shot that he hit…. I don't know though honestly. I've got some solid material that can be favourited easily. It may be something on this upcoming album.
Lady Jay UK: Is there anyone you would really like to work with?
L.E.G.A.C.Y: NO, lol… There's some people I would like to work with but that's just one of those blah questions, I'll shrug it off, lol.
Lady Jay UK: Anything else we need to know?
L.E.G.A.C.Y.: I left a small dent with my first album, with mixtape releases and with numerous guest appearances I've done, but this album "Suicide Music" will do more than leave a dent, it's a gonna leave a fuckin’ crater in the Rap world bet on it.