Hip Hop Vibe Staff Writer
Recently, Hip Hop Vibe's Mikey T The Movie Star caught up with LoPro. His name has been getting buzz for quite some time and he has quickly become one of the most-popular rappers on the underground. Since signing with Bang 'Em Smurf's Feed Da Wolves Entertainment, things have only gotten better for LoPro.
In October, LoPro was featured on Hip Hop Vibe as an "On the Rise" artist. At the time, he was still thinking of a concept for his upcoming mixtape. The following month, he was featured here again after coming up with a concept. With his mixtape right around the corner, Hip Hop Vibe called LoPro to do another interview.
In this exclusive interview, LoPro discusses his relationship with Feed Da Wolves Entertainment, how he got in the game, and his new mixtape, Feeding Time.
HHV: Getting into the game ?
LP: I've been rapping for about four years, Been In the game for two. It started off just as a fun type hobby, me and a few homies used to get wavyy and just kick freestyles all day long to instrumentals. I always used to say how much I hated the radio because it's so dam commercial and always playing the same garbage over and over, so what was once just a hobby, became something alot more serious to me. I'd sit and watch all these people commercial and underground and think to myself, "I'm nicer than half of these clowns who are being put on in the industry & getting spins all day on the radio." Two years ago, I linked up with Mikey T The Movie Star through mutual homies, and I guess you can say he kinda lit a fire inside me.The rest is history. Within the two years that I've been in the game I have excelled at a rapid rate, performing at numerous venues locally and non local, and have been making multiple contacts and linking up with numerous artists that are now supporting the movement.
HHV: What projects are you currently working on?
LP: I'm currently working on a new mixtape which is due to drop in mid Janruary. The mixtape will be titled Feeding Time, which will be hosted by Bang'em Smurf, the president of Feed Da Wolves Entertainment and Mikey T. The Movie Star and it will be released through Feed Da Wolves Entertainment. The mixtape will have about 15 tracks, featuring artists such as Money Mo from FDW, Southside Sinatra and Shake-A-Vel from Drilinn Entertainment, among others.
HHV: Is There a Deeper meaning behind your mixtape name, Feeding Time, than it was behind your previous mixtapes, Shut Your Mouth & Listen and Face the Music.
LP: Feeding Time is for the hungry, determined, and motivated. People who are tired of the usual same old, same old. I'm tired of waiting and sitting by as all of these half-assed, no talent artists make it big just based on who they know in the industry. 2011 is the year of the Wolves. And it's feeding time the team is here and we will not go hungry.
HHV: What lyrics are you touching on in you music?
LP: A wide assortment of music for your listening pleasures, versatility is a must. Without that it's just the same old thing and that is not what I am. You will hear stories of past, present and future. My pain, struggles, and the journey through my life. I do not consider myself to be one of these artists who thinks hip hop is all about who says the best metaphors or punchlines. I'm raw and I keep it that way. One of the greatest rappers of all time was and still is Tupac Shakur, yet his music was not all about metaphors and slick rhyming, but more heartfelt and real.
HHV: Artists that influence you?
LP: I've always been a Pac fan, but the rap game in general is my influence. If I had to label a few I'd have to say Pac, Biggie, Big Pun, Big L, Big Daddy Kane, KRS One, all the way to the R&B side. The list of influences is long.
HHV: What impact do you want to have on the game?
LP: I don't care if I make it big in the game, I'm in it for the love of music and to give people something besides the same shit, to listen and relate to.I want to bring back that old feeling of hip-hop, not this pop shit that 90% of the industry is doing today. I want to put my state on the map, which has never been done before in hip hop.
HHV: Recent and Upcoming Work?
LP: As said before, the new mixtape labeled Feeding Time is due to be released in early to mid January. I have a new smash single out which is titled "RI 2 NY" ft. Shake-A-Vel as well as other collaborations with numerous artists. I'm currently working on numerous projects simultaneously, with artists Deadzones Profit From Miami FL, Shake-A-Vel,Myster DL from 100 Mad, and a slew of Feed Da Wolves artists..
HHV: Final Words & Shout Outs
LP: If you're heart is not in it 100% you won't make it anywhere. Stay grinding and never give up. There is always going to be sacrifices which one must make to go further with their dreams.
Hold your head high and lay down for no one.
Shoutouts to my team : Mikey T. The Movie Star, Caesar Ceelo, Ryan B Hyeeze and B.A.R.S. Ent., the whole Movie Star Management Team, Bang'em Smurf, Domination, Maybach Dice, Money Mo and the whole Feed Da Wolves movement, Shake-A-Vel and Drilinn Ent., Myster DL and 100 MAD, Triple B and all my local artists who show love and support the movement.