Lex Luger (record producer)
Lex Luger producing a beat in 2010.
|Birth name||Lexus Arnel Lewis|
March 6, 1991 |
Suffolk, Virginia, United States
|Origin||Suffolk, Virginia, United States|
|Genres||Hip hop, southern hip hop, trap|
|Instruments||FL Studio, Maschine MK2, Pro Tools|
|Labels||1017 Brick Squad, Brick Squad Monopoly|
|Associated acts||808 Mafia, Waka Flocka Flame, Gucci Mane, Rick Ross, Juicy J, Ace Hood, Wiz Khalifa, Kanye West, Soulja Boy, The Underachievers|
Lexus Arnel Lewis (born March 6, 1991) professionally known as Lex Luger, is an American hip hop record producer from Suffolk, Virginia. He is signed to 1017 Brick Squad Records and Brick Squad Monopoly. In addition, he is member of the American hip hop production team, 808 Mafia.
Luger started his career by playing drums and learning about beats, measures, and bars. He started experimenting with an MPC 2000 that he bought from his uncle and finally began using the PC-based digital audio workstation Fruity Loops, which he uses to this day. However, he has also incorporated music production workstations such as Maschine and Pro Tools. In each of his productions, he has become known for using his signature electronic sounding "build-up" in the beginning and throughout his productions, usually before the beat drops. The basis for his stage name came from professional wrestler Lex Luger.
Waka Flocka Flame's "Hard in the Paint" was Luger's first instrumental to hit the radio waves. Luger was in Atlanta when he first heard the song playing on the radio. Also, while in Atlanta, Luger got a phone call from Kanye West, although he didn't realize who he was talking to for almost 30 minutes. After realizing who it was, Luger agreed to fly to New York City to work with Kanye West. He eventually created eight backing beats for Kanye West's use, including the beat of the single H•A•M.
Luger also produced tracks on Rick Ross's Teflon Don, Waka Flocka Flame's Flockaveli, Slim Thug's Tha Thug Show, and Kanye West and Jay-Z's Watch the Throne. Luger records for Mizay Entertainment. Luger is affiliated with fellow Brick Squad producer Southside. The two of them and rapper Waka Flocka Flame formed the production team 808 Mafia, in 2011. Luger also worked with artists such as Wiz Khalifa, Big Sean, Wale, 3D Na'Tee, Juicy J, Soulja Boy, Snoop Dogg and 2 Chainz.
At the 2011 BET Awards, Luger won the award for Producer of the Year.
In early February 2014, Luger joined forces with Canadian DJ/producer A-Trak under the moniker Low Pros, with the intention of releasing a collaborative project. Their first release was "Jack Tripper", a drug-addled trap song featuring Brick Squad affiliates PeeWee Longway and Young Thug, who had just risen to popularity at the time due to the success of his 2013 singles "Stoner" and "Danny Glover".
|Title||Year||Peak chart positions||Certifications||Album|
|US||US R&B||US Rap||AUS||CAN||GER||IRE||NZ||SWI||UK|
|"Hard in da Paint"
(Waka Flocka Flame)
|"B.M.F. (Blowin' Money Fast)"
(Rick Ross featuring Styles P)
(Kanye West and Jay-Z)
|2011||23||24||14||78||47||—||40||—||—||30||Watch the Throne|
|60||9||10||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||Blood, Sweat & Tears|
|"Grove St. Party"
(Waka Flocka Flame featuring Kebo Gotti)
(Snoop Dogg featuring R. Kelly)
|"In da Box"
(Sean Garrett featuring Rick Ross)
|"Go n Get It"
|—||60||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||Blood, Sweat & Tears|
(Wale featuring Jeremih and Rick Ross)
|49||4||5||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||Self Made Vol. 1|
|"Round of Applause"
(Waka Flocka Flame featuring Drake)
|86||16||17||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||Triple F Life: Friends, Fans & Family|
|"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.|
- Lex Luger Lewis: Dances to his own beat, By Andrew Barker for Variety, Posted: Fri., Oct. 22, 2010, 4:00am PT
- Pappademas, Alex (November 4, 2011). "Lex Luger Can Write a Hit Rap Song in the Time It Takes to Read This". The New York Times. Retrieved 2 May 2013.
- "CRITIC’S NOTEBOOK: Bam! Pow! A Loud Young Rapper Rekindles Rap’s Old Fighting Spirit," by Jon Caramanica. Published October 8, 2010, The New York Times
- Markman, Rob (2011). Give the Drummer Sum (December/January 2011 ed.). XXL (magazine): Dennis S. Page. p. 48.