DMV Artist Leph Louie Talks New Single “Motivated” & More

Can you give us some background on yourself… Where are you from? How did your music career get started?

I’m from Northern, VA, the DMV (DC, Maryland, Virginia) area. I really started getting into music in High School. I first performed at the school talent shows. The feeling of getting a positive response from the audience was the dopest thing ever. That’s when I first got the itch to want to pursue a music career. Eventually, I bought my own studio equipment and started to create music on a consistent basis. After some time, I relocated to Colorado, and started establishing myself on the music scene. My team and I were hustling tickets, opening up for National acts. I kept networking, dropped several mixtapes with a Popular DJ in Denver, got a couple of my songs in rotation on the radio, and I’ve been keeping it pushing ever since. 

Who are some of your biggest musical influences overall?

Tupac, Bone Thugs, Jay-Z, Lil Wayne & Drake.

What’s your single “Motivated” about?

“Motivated” is about Self-empowerment. I want the listeners to feel like even if they’re not where they want to be or who they want to grow into yet, it’s all good, Have faith that better days will come.  When you hit a rough patch in life, you have to find the strength in yourself to keep going. That’s what this song represents to me, hope. 

Who directed the music video? How was your experience making it?

Rob Rivera (Animus Visual) and I both came up with the treatment for the video. I previously shot a video with him before so the experience making it was smooth. It was a laid back environment; I had a good time on the set. 

What albums are you listening to right now?

G Perico: Free – EP, 

Ransom: Crime Scenes 

Griselda & BSF: Conflicted Soundtrack

OMB Peezy: In The Meantime

Bizzy Bone: The Mantra

How did you navigate your career throughout 2020 with the pandemic situation?

When Covid started to get crazy back in March of last year, my engineer shut down his studio for the foreseeable future. I released “Work & Faith III” in August, after deciding to push it back due to the pandemic. I wanted to make sure I had visuals ready to release beforehand so that was a small bump in the road. While we were on lock and everything was shut down, I created a lot of new music at my home studio. I was doing a song just about every day for a couple months. I also took a few online marketing courses and have been pushing content based around my project on the net. Throughout the whole situation I’ve been trying to keep the ball rolling as much as possible!

Do you have big plans for 2021?

Absolutely. I’ll be releasing lots of new music and visuals this year, definitely be on the look out!

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