Eighty-two million viewers and 335,000 subscribers in the YouTube game, Lionel B has no problem attracting a crowd. His addictive persona and multifaceted skill set summon the masses effortlessly and now he’s gifting us all with yet another talent; his music.
This South Floridian is no stranger to this as he’s produced for the best of them and caught the ears of some of the industry’s finest. Now his plan is to top the charts with his own project.
The emerging artist just released three hot tracks from his upcoming project, The Lionel B Show Vol. 1, and #NextToBlow is definitely a spot Lionel’s jacking. Stream Lionel B’s latest and check out our interview below.
Stage Name: Lionel B
Hometown: Panama City, Fl and Tampa, Fl
Zodiac Sign: Capricorn
Favorite Food: Soul Food and Latin Food
Hobbies: Video Games and Classic Car Building
HHW: First, we need you to introduce yourself to the readers who may not be familiar with Lionel B. Tell us a little about yourself.
LB: A lot of people may know me from my YouTube channel, The Lionel B Show. I’m a media personality on there with 335,000 subscribers and currently at 82 million views. I’m also a music producer and a rapper from Florida.
HHW: When did you first fall in love with music, and how long have you been actively pursuing your music career?
LB: I fell in love with hip hop music around 3 years old. I remember being overseas in Guam and I heard the Beat Street soundtrack playing at one of their markets, and was shocked, like what is this I’m hearing. I instantly fell in love with the beats and rhyme styles, and my mom ended up getting me the cassette for Christmas that year. I literally let the tape rock until my tape popped, lol. I used to put all my rap tapes into my Teddy Ruxpin talking bear to see him rap.
HHW: What differentiates you from other artists?
LB: I feel what differentiates me from other artist is my ear and my ability to do both production and writing. Some artists only know how to do one. When I make a song, it’s all about the melody, and I write fast. I can write and produce at least two albums a week. I’m a perfectionist when it comes to the craft. I want people to feel the lyrics and beats in their soul.
HHW: Are there any artists currently or before you that musically inspire you? If so, who and why?
LB: I’m inspired by Jeezy, T.I., Rick Ross and Nas. They proved to have longevity and stand out amongst the crowd. Even as new artists emerged, they stayed true to their sound and never got into any trendy type waves. They always kept it a buck, and expanded their empires off of them raps. To me that’s real power and influence.
HHW: What motivates Lionel B in and out of the booth?
LB: I’m a real fan of music, and I’ve been here since almost the beginning or rap, and I’ve seen it morph in so many different paths. I’m motivated by giving the fans top music they can vibe to or relate to. I feel like the game is missing that good music, that makes you want to play it over and over again. Nowadays a lot of the songs are here today and gone tomorrow, with no staying power. I wanna bring back classics that stick with you.
HHW: What are three things about you that would shock the public?
LB: Number one I’m a single father, and raised my son by myself every since he was 3 years old. He just turned 16 and he soaks up a lot of game, knowledge and I’m helping him explore his talents as well. He’s the second coming of me. Number two, I produced a full Neo-Soul album for Saved By The Bell star Lark Voorhies back in the day, known as Lisa Turtle on the show. She was super cool to work with and very down to earth and chill. I learned a lot about her, and what she experienced on the show as a teen. It’s not for everybody. Number three, I went to high school in Italy and it was there that I was introduced to East Coast hip hop. Being from Florida I didn’t hear a lot of East Coast music, it was all Booty shake music. I was introduced to music by Nas, Group Home, Black Moon, Heltah Skeltah, Wu-Tang and it all changed my life. My mother brought me home a copy of the Source Magazine and I was instantly hooked and learned a lot.
HHW: What do you feel you contribute to the culture as an artist?
LB: I feel like I contribute a piece that’s been missing. I’m giving the audience stellar production, catchy songs and a new voice. I’m passionate about the culture. I even have shows on Caffeine, a live-streaming app that I have a contract with and I interview legendary rappers on it and we have a great time. It’s called For The Love Of The Culture and I’m on there every Monday.
HHW: How do you balance your career with your home life? Family?
LB: I’m a 24-7 grinder and my family nicknamed me Self Made. It’s challenging to balance but, I definitely know how to take breaks and not work during family time. My younger kids, my youngest son 9 and my daughter 7 spent 6 months with me throughout the quarantine and it was a great experience to be able to do YouTube full time, be a dad full time and work on music. It takes a special kinda person to take on that much, but I love a challenge.
HHW: What’s next for Lionel B? Fourth quarter of 2020, 2021 Goals.. lay ‘em out.
LB: My new single The Way It Used To Be drops on September 25th featuring Papa Duck, it’s one of my favorite tracks and I think it will definitely heat up the summer and make people feel good again. Some might cry lol. My next single High Life drops on October 9th, and my album “The Lionel B Show Vol. 1” comes out on November 27th, on Black Friday. It’s 12 blazing songs, and not one song is skippable. I wanted the entire album to play like a single so I chose the best of the best! My mom lost her life to Covid-19 back in July and I think she is the one pushing me so hard on this music up in Heaven.
HHW: How can those looking to book you make contact?