“I‘m a motivator, something like a street pastor. I preach to the streets. – Lor X
It’s winter of 2017 and Lor X, (born Xavier Johnson), is discovering a new world in music as a newly signed artist to Austin Music Group. The 25-year old Baltimore native began pursuing a career in music in early 2016. With the backing of AMG and a natural hustler’s mindset, Lor X has been able to jumpstart his brand—growing wiser, hungrier and more prepared for success.
It all started in early 2016 when Lor X returned home after being acquitted from a Baltimore City criminal case that took away two years of his life. He recalls sitting in the studio with his friends, trying to support his friend’s studio session with a few line critiques. Unsurprisingly, his suggestions were not received well and his friends challenged him to make his own record. Lor X doesn’t say no to a challenge. He immediately found a track, jumped in the booth and recorded his first song called ‘Body after Body”.
“Body after body I ain’t tell nobody,” Lor X spits a line from his first track. The song was a direct reflection of what he had been through and what he understands about life on the streets. It was a prelude to what was to come— nothing but real and transparent music from his point of view.
“I see something and I rap about it. Everything is real about my music. It’s what’s really going on in these streets ” – Lor X
Few rap artists inspire Lor X, but the style of Jeezy stands out to him the most. He respects Jeezy for his authenticity and ability to define his own style. Understanding there are stories to tell about the street life, Lor X is keen on defining his own style and lingo. He is further developing his gift and using it to speak to those cut from the same cloth as him.
Lor X is discovering more about his raw talent and challenging himself to be great. In just under a year, Lor X completed his first homecoming high school tour for the Baltimore City Public Schools system and landed a spot on 300 Entertainment’s Birth of a New Nation tour featuring Shy Glizzy, Dae Dae, and PnB Rock. He has earned a multiple features some of the hottest publications such as Complex magazine for his collaboration with NBA YoungBoy on “Shootas”, Hot New Hip Hop for his “Where you at” video, and Hip Hop Since 1987 for his hit record, “Shine.” Lor X ended the year strong with the release of his own mixtape with AMG called, “X Files” (released November 25th, 2016)
Today, Lor X continues to apply is hustler’s mindset to his music career with the goal of getting his music out there regardless of who doesn’t like it. Lor X is constantly hitting the streets to shake the hands of fans, promoting his music and spreading his message. He aims to motivate his listeners, challenging them to think differently about life and more importantly how to use a hustler’s mentality to be successful.
“I think for others more than I think for myself now. It’s like what can I do to help solve a problem rather than just prove a point.” – Lor X
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