Lex Luger (producer)
|Birth name||Lexus Arnel Lewis|
March 6, 1991 |
Atlanta, Georgia, United States
|Origin||Atlanta, Georgia, United States|
|Instruments||FL Studio, MPC 2000|
|Labels||1017 Brick Squad|
|Associated acts||1017 Brick Squad, Waka Flocka Flame, Gucci Mane, Rick Ross, Juicy J, Ace Hood, Wiz Khalifa, Kanye West, Soulja Boy|
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. 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. He eventually created eight backing beats for Kanye'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's 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 created 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, Lex won the award for Producer of the Year. 
Selected discography 
- 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.