Lex Luger (record producer)

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Lex Luger
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Lex Luger producing a beat in 2010.
Background information
Birth name Lexus Arnel Lewis
Born (1991-03-06) March 6, 1991 (age 23)
Suffolk, Virginia, United States
Origin Suffolk, Virginia, United States
Genres Hip hop, southern hip hop, trap, R&B
Occupations Record producer
Instruments FL Studio, Maschine MK2, Pro Tools,[1] keyboards, synthesizer, drum machine, sequencer[2]
Years active 2008-Present
Labels 1017 Brick Squad, Brick Squad Monopoly, Fool's Gold
Associated acts V.A.B.P., Low Pros, 808 Mafia, Waka Flocka Flame, Gucci Mane, Rick Ross, Juicy J, Ace Hood, 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 currently based in Atlanta.[2] He is signed to 1017 Brick Squad Records and Brick Squad Monopoly. In addition, he co-founded the American hip hop production team 808 Mafia with Southside.[3] Luger is also a member of the hip hop production duo Low Pros with A-Trak and the VABP (Virginia Boyz Productionz), a production group that he founded back in high school.

Luger's austere and utilitarian trap sound has been well known for his heavy use of hard hitting 808's, crisp snare drums, frantic synthesizers, sinister and rhythmic Danny Elfman-like bombastic ominous orchestration of synthesized brass, stringed, woodwind, and keyboard instruments commonly incorporated throughout his productions.[4]

Career[edit]

Beginnings[edit]

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.[1] 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. During high school, he also founded his own hip hop production crew with his friends, the VABP (Virginia Boyz Productionz).[2]

Initially spending hours in his parent's basement experimenting with FL Studio, Luger became extremely well known for his musical prowess to make beats with astronomical speed, creativity and accuracy. In late 2008, he began cold-emailing his instrumentals to various rappers and posting instrumentals on his Myspace page, hoping to gain further exposure in the music industry. In 2009, a then unknown rapper by the name of Waka Flocka Flame began him e-mailing back and the two began making music out of Waka's basement in Atlanta with the bulk of material which would then become the foundation for Flockaveli. Not knowing the outcome of his career, Luger contemplated a second job stacking boxes in a warehouse to support his production career.[2]

Rise to fame[edit]

Waka Flocka Flame's "Hard in the Paint" was Luger's first instrumental to hit the radio waves and became a hit by May 2010.[2][5] 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.[5] He eventually created eight backing beats for Kanye West's use, including the beat of the single H•A•M. By June 2010, he had landed production placements from rappers Ace Hood, Rick Ross, Soulja Boy, Chingy, Sean Garrett, and Fabolous.[2][6]

By mid 2010, Luger also produced tracks on Rick Ross's Teflon Don, Waka Flocka Flame's Flockaveli,[7] Slim Thug's Tha Thug Show, and Kanye West and Jay-Z's Watch the Throne. Luger records for Mizay Entertainment.[8] 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 2010, to which he later left the group the following year.[9] During the same year, Luger also worked with artists such as Wiz Khalifa, Big Sean, Wale, 3D Na'Tee, Juicy J, Soulja Boy, Snoop Dogg and 2 Chainz and went on to produce more than 200 songs between 2010 and 2011.[2]

At the 2011 BET Awards, Luger won the award for Producer of the Year.[10]

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.[11] 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".[12]

Production discography[edit]

Main article: Lex Luger discography

Singles produced[edit]

List of singles produced, with selected chart positions and certifications, showing year released and album name
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)
2010 100 28 20 Flockaveli
"B.M.F. (Blowin' Money Fast)"
(Rick Ross featuring Styles P)
60 6 4 Teflon Don
"H•A•M"
(Kanye West and Jay-Z)
2011 23 24 14 78 47 40 30 Watch the Throne
"Hustle Hard"
(Ace Hood)
60 9 10 Blood, Sweat & Tears
"Grove St. Party"
(Waka Flocka Flame featuring Kebo Gotti)
74 12 10 Flockaveli
"Platinum"
(Snoop Dogg featuring R. Kelly)
60 Doggumentary
"In da Box"[13]
(Sean Garrett featuring Rick Ross)
62 Non-album single
"Go n Get It"
(Ace Hood)
60 Blood, Sweat & Tears
"That Way"
(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.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b 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. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g Patrick Lyons (February 12, 2014). "Behind The Boards Producer Profile: Lex Luger". Retrieved 13 April 2014. 
  3. ^ Lex Luger Lewis: Dances to his own beat, By Andrew Barker for Variety, Posted: Fri., Oct. 22, 2010, 4:00am PT
  4. ^ Alex Pappademas (November 4, 2011). "Lex Luger Can Write a Hit Rap Song in the Time It Takes to Read This". NY Times. Retrieved 27 March 2014. 
  5. ^ a b 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. 
  6. ^ "{News} Producer Lex Luger Talks Success, Work with Kanye, Rick Ross and Waka". iStandardproducers. 22 September 2010. Retrieved 13 April 2014. 
  7. ^ "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
  8. ^ Markman, Rob (2011). Give the Drummer Sum (December/January 2011 ed.). XXL (magazine): Dennis S. Page. p. 48. 
  9. ^ Instagram
  10. ^ http://blog.vevo.com/bet-awards-chris-browns-victory-upstaged-by-royces-hi-rihanna/
  11. ^ "A-Trak & Lex Luger (Low Pros) - Jack Tripper Feat. Young Thug & PeeWee Longway | Stream & Listen [New Song]". Hotnewhiphop.com. 2014-02-05. Retrieved 2014-04-14. 
  12. ^ "Young Thug Talks About Working With Kanye West and If He'll Sign To Future | Complex". Complexmag.ca. 2014-01-28. Retrieved 2014-04-14. 
  13. ^ "iTunes - Music - In da Box (feat. Rick Ross) - Single by Sean Garrett". Itunes.apple.com. 2011-04-27. Retrieved 2014-04-14. 

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