LG aka Lenny Greenberg

Cassandra Peters aka Lil Miss Reporter chats to LG about his thoughts and current situation in the musical genre of Hip-Hop. Hailing from West London, the producer has been working with various artists and enjoying what he does best, making music.

Why do you love Hip-Hop?

LG: I loved Hip-Hop since I first heard it when I was five. It just hit a nerve with me. The genius in simplicity opened up doors to a lot of other music for me.

How did you get to work with artists like Jest, Miscall Park sun and Kashmere?

LG aka Lenny GreenbergLG: I met Parke through a mutual friend, Wildeye in Kilburn. Parke was part of NorthWest Callabo with Ram. I lost touch with him and randomly bumped into him through Skriblah a few years later and we started linking up. I met Jehst up North when I was at Uni through my ex-girlfiend’s brother who was part of the very young YnR at the time. I sent him a beat tape a few years later with ‘Rocket Fuel’ and ‘Falling Down’ on it. I was a fan of Kashmere’s and he started coming down to do tunes at Arkham Asylum – mine and Jehst’s old studio, so we started working together.

You have worked with many British Hip-Hop acts do you think the music over here is finally standing on its own two feet?

LG: This question has been asked for as long as I can remember. The music has always stood on its own two feet but the industry hasn't.

Which artists would you like to work with?

LG: Anyone I click with, you don’t know until you work together. Sometimes the chemistry is there sometimes it’s not.

Why do you want people to listen to your music?

LG: Because I spent a long time working on it. I get pleasure from listening to other peoples’ music and I think some people will get pleasure from listening to mine.

What makes you different from other producers?

LG: I think I have my own sound. Whenever I have tried to sound like someone else it came out rubbish, so I found following my own path is better.

Do you have any favourite producers?

LG: Loads – Primo, Pete Rock, Madlib, Dilla, Marley Marl, 9th, Harry Love, Lewis Parker, Jehst, Apa-Tight, Beat Butcher, IQ, Parke, Ghost Town and more I've probably forgotten.

How would you describe your music?

LG: Raw, off key, emotional, old school but new school.

What part of West London are you from?

LG: Acton.

How old are you?

LG: Look at my favourite producers and take a guess.

Are you looking forward to DJing on Jehst's forthcoming tour?

LG: We've already done some dates, the show is off the hook Jehst, Parke and Smurf kill it. If you get a chance don’t miss it.

What can we expect from your new mixtape when it comes out?

LG: It’s gonna be called ‘Foghorn Leghorn’. It has got loads of exclusives on it. I've got a lot of tracks that have been done over the past few years that never came out, there are some killer ones. It’s always politics when you do tracks with people because everyone wants it for their album then it doesn't end up coming out at all.

What advice would you give to others starting out?

LG aka Lenny GreenbergLG: Just follow the path. Don’t do it for fame or money, if you get those things that’s cool but that shouldn't be the reason you do it. Don’t be afraid to be yourself.

What do you do when not working?

LG: I don't just make music I do other stuff to make money as well. So some times sitting down to do some music is what I do to chill. I like to eat good food, get high, chill with my girl, see my friends, just normal shit.

What was the last book you read?

LG: I'm reading ‘American Tabloid’ by James Elroy at the moment. Before that I read ‘Ham on Rye’ by Charles Bukowski.

Complete the sentence
"You know you've made it when…
you wake up in the morning and look forward to the day ahead".

If you weren't in the music industry, what would you be doing instead?

LG: Travelling the world.
Is Hip-Hop dead?

LG: Like everything it grows and moves nothing can stay stagnant. It’s not the same as it was and never will be and like all sub-cultures, has lost a lot of its explosiveness with age. It has been exploited and twisted by the media so that most people think Hip-Hop is something that its not. Hip-Hop was a voice created by people who didn't have one and was a great cultural movement in the 20th century. The media have dealt it the harshest blow by embarrassing rap about the artists’ constant bragging of wealth and flashing jewels (which was always part of it coming from people who had nothing) and ignored the rest. This is a problem Hip-Hop faces today but has always faced problems in the past such as an almost complete boycott from the media. It has always survived and will survive into the future, so no, Hip-Hop is not dead!

Do you think music is partly to blame for the surge in gun crime?

LG: I work with young people in London and everyone and their mum is an MC. Some of these 11 year olds have bars that make Necro look tame. It’s a sign of the times, people are generally less shocked by everything and this is part of the problem. Lots of things are to blame for the surge in gun crime not just music but I’m sure kids listening to lyrics about a 15 year old running up in their yard and capping their mum all day doesn't help. I grew up listening to Kool G Rap and NWA and I never killed anyone.

What are your plans for next year?

LG: I'm gonna do some different shit. I wanna branch out. I'm getting bored of doing the same old stuff and I have to stay stimulated. Who knows maybe it'll work maybe it won’t – watch this space!

By: Cassandra Peters

LG aka Lenny Greenberg

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