Summer time might be the most celebrated season of humankind and Philadelphia’s Lou Anthony is undoubtedly making his effort to contribute to the vibes of the months-long festivities this year. His newest single, “Outside,” from his upcoming second studio album is a cross-genre between Hip-Hop, R&B, and Pop, and is almost sure to have fans from all over humming along as they get outside and enjoy their best lives.
Anthony, who is the chairman and CEO of The Ludlow media and entertainment franchise, described the song as a “challenge” to his artistry but a “badge” for his creativity:
“This song is one of my favorites, probably THE favorite, from the new album,” said Anthony. “I challenged myself in a way that was natural; kind of sporadic. But I challenged myself by creating rhymes and styles that were unconventional, but that required my own personal flavor to make it work. So, ‘Outside’ is uniquely unique to me.”
The 27-year-old musician and actor, originally from Philly and now residing in Sacramento, was inspired to create the ‘Hip-Pop’ track by his early-summer trips from Northern California to The City of Angels, Los Angeles.
“L.A. is incredible to me,” said Anthony. “My first time going there — just the vibes, the people, the women, the culture — it spoke to me. The whole state of California does that to me, it’s like I’m a kid again uncovering and learning a new place; a new world.”
The rapper continued, “I had come home to Philly to spend some of the winter/spring months there and after a while, I really started to miss Cali again. So this song here is kind of like an ode to California, L.A, and Sac.” This point is even more prevalent when you hear Anthony highlight California landmarks like the Interstate 5 (I-5), which is perhaps the most popular interstate in all of California, and a place called ‘Hollyweed’, a local cannabis dispensary.
“Outside” is a collaboration between Lou Anthony and internet producer DXOR. When asked about his relationship with DXOR, Anthony described his counterpart as a “mastermind” and someone who “knows exactly what [Anthony] can vibe to.” All the more phenomenal being as though the two have yet to physically meet in person.
For more on Lou Anthony and to stream “Outside,” visit www.LouAnthony.com and connect with him & DXOR on Instagram @LouAnthony_ & @DxorProducer!
We here at VMG had the blessings of sitting down with the Philly native to talk new music and more…
1) What keeps you motivated when it comes to your music?
I’m motivated by a lot of things. It could be motivation from other artists like 2Pac, J. Cole, Drake, or Tory Lanez. It could be motivated by my own emotions and feelings. I would say mainly, though, that most of my motivation comes from a desire to be legendary, to be remembered.
2) When you think of “Vintage Media Group”, what comes to mind?
VMG is like a family to me, honestly. When I first came to you guys a couple of years ago you helped me break my debut album. That was special to me and those things, the people that helped you along your journey, you don’t forget them.
3) Being that you are from Philadelphia, PA & Sacramento, CA what is the state of Hip-Hop there? How would you title your style of music?
Growing up in Philly, I always appreciated West Coast Hip-Hop thanks to my love for Pac and Snoop and people like that. The cultures from East Coast to West Coast Hip-Hop are definitely different, but they’re very much similar too. I realize now how much I really do appreciate that exposure I had to their culture, and you could even see its influence in my music. So I’d say my style is a mixture between East Coast and West Coast Hip-Hop.
4) With your most recent music single “Outside” Crazy NICE, definitely, a summer hit… can you give us some details on how you came up with that song?
‘Outside’ was one of those songs that wrote itself. What I mean by that is the words just came to me the more I felt the beat. This was the case simply because I knew what feelings I wanted to get out of. I also wanted to challenge myself to expand my musical horizon because I can do so many things creatively.
5) Where can your fans & supporters find you online? Via Twitter, Facebook, etc.?
The thing about me is that I try to be accessible to all my fans and supporters as much as I can. My website, LouAnthony.com is the main place for all my content — my music, videos, merch, and stuff like that. I’m also on Instagram and Twitter @LouAnthony_.
6) Who are some of your influences?
Some of my greatest musical influences are Tupac Shakur, J. Cole, Stevie Wonder, and Donny Hathaway, you know? My childhood love for 90’s/early 2000s WWF wrestling spawned a love for Papa Roach, Kid Rock, Green Day, and guys like that. So it’s a very wide variety and that’s why my music is so versatile.
7) Any Last Remarks?
I want to say long live my brother 7en2w5ve, always and forever. Everything I do, every height I reach, I feel you still with me every step of the way. The world will know your name too, King! And thank you so much to the VMG family! It’s always a pleasure whenever I get the chance to talk with you guys.
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