L. King appreciaties being part of local hip-hop culture

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Hip-hop is in his blood and listening to Eric B and Rakim and other hip-hop made him feel like this is right where he was supposed to be. The hip-hop culture is good and he appreciates being a part of it. The music is starting to wake up because hip-hop music was in a depressed time, said Lindsey King, 28, who learned a great deal growing up in a tough neighborhood in the Hill District on Whiteside Road.

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LINDSEY KING

The son of a mother who is a poet and a hard working father, music is in his blood. He is also the great nephew of acclaimed jazz great, Stanley Turrentine, who was a great influence on his career.

“I’m in this for the long haul and it’s never been a hobby. I write because it’s therapeutic to me and to tell a story and hopefully help someone out in the long run. I write all of my music and I have producers that help me in the production department. I started out as a solo act and then I merged into a group. I was 14 years old when I started and three years later entered a group called BMU which stands for “Business As Usual.” The group members were Ben Oakes, Michael Rankin and I. We had a good run and a lot of nice material came out. We were all solo artists to begin with, so that’s what we went back to after we separated,” said King.

“The reason why we separated is because there was a lot of jealousy. I was starting to be noticed by Sony Urban Music and another member of the group started to back away.”

Currently, he has a CD out called “I’m Back” which features the hit “For You.” It is a sample of the Earth, Wind & Fire song called “I Write a Song for You,” which is an anthem song for Pittsburgh. He wrote the song to show his love for the city because a lot of hip-hop artists do not show love.

“I love the local acts that are here in the city. For some acts that are getting noticed on a national level, there are more that are much better and need to be noticed. I’m a versatile artist, meaning I can do gangsta rap, conscious and mainstream hip-hop music or wherever the track tells me to go. I’m doing a collaborative with Michael Rankin aka Nova believe it or not. The way the reunion came about is that I simply told him that we need to leave the past behind us and move forward. Grown men need to do grown men things, so we squashed our beef,” said King.

His Aunt Mara Dyer-Knox recently passed away and she was a great inspiration to King. Her recent death had a lot to do with him getting serious about my music. Knox told him to go for his dreams and make things happens and take the game over. He is more aggressive now because of that message from her.

“I am working on a solo album right now called “Seldom Seen Often Heard” due out this summer. The record will be a good listen for anyone who picks it up,” said King.

“I’m a good guy who is all about my music and having fun. I’m all about love and unity especially with the music artist because that is the only way we are going to succeed. In the next five years I plan to be on a national level doing my thing. I’m not trying to toot my own horn but it is what it is. I’ve been doing music for so long that I would like to get into the business side of it too. Even though I’m an artist, I am gearing myself towards the production side of it. All of the producers that I’ve worked with so far have informed me that I have a producer’s mindset.

“One of my inspirations comes from Jay-Z. He brought himself from the ’hood and he is making big corporate moves right now so I have mad respect for that. Anyone who doesn’t want to be stuck in the same place in life needs to look at someone like Jay-Z and try to pick his brain.

“Stay humble and hungry and do not let anyone tell you what you can and cannot do. In my life there have been people that told me what I should do, but I didn’t listen because music is a passion of mine.

“You can get in touch with me on twitter or Facebook via Lindsey King.”

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