Hip Hop isn’t easy, but it’s the best musical genre in the world, according to Montgomery artist Lyrical Poet VIP.
âThere are a lot more words you can say,â said Lyrical Poet, 24. “People can really sense where you are coming from and how you can make the crowd react when you are doing it.”
They also react to the way LP does, with more emphasis on word creation and positivity, with a lack of profanity.
âOne thing I learned growing up when I first started rapping was that I wasn’t allowed to swear,â Lyrical Poet said. “As I got older, it stuck with me.”
It is an artistic choice that comes with certain advantages. LP said it was easier to get his point across like that.
âAlways be realistic with yourself and with people,â he said. “Never let anyone make you feel like you have to blend in with the crowd just for your music to be great, or just for you to stand out.” You set yourself apart by being who you already are. Everyone has their own star. You just have to shine with it.
On December 21, he will release a new project called Poetic Bars 2021 Vol. 3: Legends never die.
âIt’s part of a series I created last year,â LP said. âThe whole project tells a story. It’s basically the story of a young man who grows up in the city and tries to become a legend. It also pays tribute to some legendary artists at the same time … But there are many obstacles on the way. There are a lot of trials. “
His other projects include From the Bottom to the Top CH. 2: Feel My Pain, Poetic Bars EP Volume 1: The OutCry, Poetic Bars EP Volume 2: Tears of the Rebel and Four Piece Bar Kit.
âI just wanted to bring a different light to the city,â said LP. “I just wanted to take it to the next level and be positive, to be different from everyone else.”
But the need for positivity runs deeper for LP, who grew up on West Jeff Davis Avenue and relies heavily on his Christian faith. As the name suggests, Lyrical Poet wrote poetry and started rapping at age 12. At the time, it was simply called VIP.
âI used to go to writing contests and everything,â he said. “By the time I entered sixth grade, that’s when I started writing songs.”
Around his freshman year in high school, he added the Lyrical Poet part to his name to stand out in his craft and maintain himself in the genre of music he wanted to create. LP’s uncle Josh West would tell him the hip hop world needed his voice.
âWhen they hear my music, they can see that I bring real poetry to the interior of my music,â LP said.
One of the main assistants was Christian hip hop artist Vy Moon, a known friend and mentor since the age of 17. The couple are reportedly working together on “Rise” from Moon’s 2019 album, PG-13. Moon also produced the new LP single “Feel It”.
âHe gave me a few beats in the day to get me started,â LP said. “He also gave me a radio interview.”
LP’s Godfather is another Christian hip hop artist from Montgomery, Dr Macc, with whom he works and also performs in churches in the area. âWe talk every day,â LP said.
Lyrical Poet was lucky enough to go to music school at 18, but said bad decisions kept him from doing so. Instead, he learned to record, mix and master on his own. Still, he plans to go back to college for music. He also creates his own LLC, Dreams Come True Records. When he feels like he’s done enough in rap, he’ll turn to the business side for his career.
âRight now I’m just focusing on my independence in the underground hip hop scene,â LP said. “I try to be the best artist I can be.”
As a young man, the other heroes of LP were artists like Tupac, BMX, TI, Nas, OutKast and the Montgomery band Dirty Boyz. But he also had, and lost, other local local role models because of the violence.
Before the late Montgomery rapper Doe B started to take off, LP said he knew him as Big Glenn. As a child, LP saw him selling his mix tapes on Fairview Avenue. In 2013, Doe B was a rising talent who passed away after being shot in Montgomery.
âHe was a close friend of my cousin, who was also another artist, whose name was Lil Reggie,â LP said. “I loved my cousin very much, too, before he was killed.”
Montgomery is not known to be nice to rap artists. We have lost several to gun violence.
âFor me, the violence that is going on, I really feel like it could be avoided,â LP said. âI feel like there is so much jealousy in this town. It’s like crabs in a bucket. No one wants to see anyone doing good, and it is very sad. We work more against each other than together. Until we learn to work together as music, until we learn to work together as a people, they’re going to keep dying. There will continue to be more violence. No more casualties that don’t need to happen.
It’s an attitude that LP says goes beyond artists and into the general population of Montgomery. He said there was too much emphasis on the side where people in town come from.
âUntil people learn to work together, we’re going to keep dying,â LP said. “It’s just how I feel about it.”
It is also about making the world a better place for his two young daughters and his fiancÃ©e. A place they feel safe just stepping out in Montgomery with their family.
âI’m a big family person,â LP said. âI like spending a lot of time with my family. It’s one of the main things I do when I’m not making music.
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