He spent hours studying their videos, stage presence, and radio freestyles. Those early binge sessions laid the groundwork for his artistry.
Before long, Lackhoney was producing songs in Garage Band with ripped instrumentals from YouTube videos and a borrowed microphone. He taught himself production on the Internet — a skill he expanded when he enrolled at Vanderbilt University, where he met collaborators Curt and Lucy DK.
During his freshman year at Vanderbilt, Lackhoney forwent the college party scene and spent his weekends in the campus recording studio, often walking back to his dorm around the same time others were going for morning jogs.
The hard work paid off. Taking a cue from artists like Russ, Lackhoney released a stream of singles like “Wrong,” “Bounce,” and “Self Work,” building a passionate following on campus. He fused his influences with inspiration from acts like Smino, Chance the Rapper and indie rockers Arlie.
A clever lyricist and charismatic vocalist, Lackhoney is carving out a unique place in hip hop by embracing his own reality, from dealing with the racial prejudice he experiences as a Muslim to the everyday ups and downs of life as a student. He details his truths in upcoming projects throughout 2019.