Equipped with a style that is as uniquely southern is Lashawn’s Way. The Tennessee born MC has built his fanbase as an indie artist by pushing out tracks that bring back that feeling of yesteryear that so many long for at times. Shades of 8Ball & MJG and the likes are flowing throughout the sound he pushes out. Lashawn’s Way is currently in the process of making his rounds for his latest project “Reign”. The EP combines the aforementioned sound with lyricism that aims to inspire the listener to move differently and in a smarter fashion. Read along as we discuss the project and more in our Q&A:
For anyone getting their introduction to you tell us about yourself?
I’m an artist from Moscow, TN. A small town outside of Memphis. My mom lived in Moscow, but my pops lived in Memphis. So, I had the best of both worlds growing up – getting the experiences of, both, country and city life. The music that I create, blends those two lifestyles together so smooth and effortlessly. I speak on everything from motivating my people to pimpin, church, and down south car culture. I try to bring my southern way of life straight to your eyes and ears.
If you had to describe your music to someone who has never heard it how would you do so?
My music feels good. It’s freedom under an open night sky filled with the moon and stars. It’s as smooth of a ride as that old school car that your uncle keeps under the car cover lol. It’s an unmatched feeling of nostalgic southern culture through beats and words.
To me your music brings about a sense of nostalgia for the Southern hip-hop I was raised on. Do you think your influences are more of the reason you have the sound you do or is it just natural?
It comes natural, but the only reason that it’s so natural, is because of my influences. UGK, OutKast, 36 Mafia, 8ball & MJG, Geto Boyz, Willie Hutch, Bobby Womack…I was really raised on that. Even as a child, there were certain feelings that I identified with from their music. And with me being from the south, that style of music was already in me, since birth.
If you could collaborate with any artist dead or alive who would it be and why?
Man this is tough. I would have to say Pimp C. You can hear in his voice that he was not just rapping- he really lived like that. His production and voice was soulful, it was country, it was playa. He stood tall on what he believed in.
You just released your latest project “Reign”. What was the message you wanted to convey with this particular piece of art as you created it?
Reign was created to motivate my people – whether on hard times or good times. Everyone needs motivation and guidance. What’s funny is, I didn’t realize until I listened to the final playback, this project was made to inspire and motivate ME. I felt like God was dealing with me through my own music. No matter how hard it rains, it’ll never stop the Reign. On a lighter note, I wanted to put all of my skills on display. I write all of my lyrics, I produced all of those tracks, I recorded and mixed myself. I even created the cover art. Reign was the birth of Lashawn’s Way as leader.
How was the process creating it? You sound as though you really enjoy yourself while recording.
I would start to create a beat, and not even halfway through it, I already know what the hook is and what I wanted to say. I record that song and move along to creating the next beat. It ran as smooth as a production line lol. Nothing was forced in this process. It was fun just to be able to build a song and project from nothing.
One thing I notice, whether it was intentional or not, is that you often speak about people in your life who may not be as fortunate as you and how you long to leave a real legacy behind. Is this a thought that often consumes you?
Giving people music they can use is important to me. I want you to have fun and ride around to these trill tunes, but I want you to learn something, too. It’s a reaction to every action, you know. After listening to my music, I want you to be inspired to go out and make tomorrow better than today. I feel like the people are a major responsibility that we, as artists, often look over. I don’t want to be responsible for leading them astray.
Who helped to instill the values you hold so dear? Listening to a record like “Long Winded” you drop so much wisdom.
Those values came from a mix of places: My parents, my uncles, growing up in the church, finding more out about who I really am as a black man, my environment, Nipsey Hussle, David Banner, Killer Mike. I’m forever a student of the game. For so long, I’ve soaked up all of that good game and slowly started putting it into practice.
What’s the most funny or interesting story you could share about the creation of “Reign”?
People don’t know this, but that was actually the second version of Reign. I had about 6 songs recorded. I had just recorded Long Winded to be the outro. After listening to Long Winded, I noticed that I didn’t fit musically with the project, although it fit perfectly under Reign. So I scrapped every song, except for Long Winded, and created the Reign that the people know and love now lol.
Overall what is your biggest hope that the listener will take away when pressing play on the project?
I hope the listeners feel a sense of entitlement when it comes to creating a better life and enjoying it. Let nothing control how you think, how you feel, and what you can do. You have every right to take control of your life.
What should fans be on the lookout for from you in the near future? Any videos on the horizon perhaps?
Right now, I’m in the works of creating a short story for the Reign project. I’ll be shooting videos for each song in the format of a mini movie. This will be coming at the top of the year. I’m working on a lot of music now, so next year, expect about 4 projects from me – one for every season.
If you could change one thing about the music industry what would it be?
I wouldn’t change anything. Resources have allowed artists to be independent. That’s crucial in a time where labels only want artists who already had a bag. If you hone your craft and study the business side of the game, you can make real money out here.
In 5 years where do you see yourself?
I see myself being a household name – remaining true to what I believe in. Music will take off so far that it opens other avenues of income. My brand will be worldwide. And that success will have a direct, positive impact on the people who support me.
Any last words before we conclude?
I want to thank God for blessing me with the gift. I want to thank the supporters for every like, share, stream, purchase, and positivity. I want to thank you, and other platforms, who allow me to come and share my life. First Day Fresh has been supporting me from the beginning. All love. I want to let everyone know that life ain’t easy, success ain’t over night, but you can make your dreams come true. It takes a lot of faith, research, planning, and implementing those plans. Just remember that this Reign is 4EVA.