East Coast rapper Joyner Lucas, who recently released a captivating video for his gritty single “Long Way,” continues to keep the hype alive as he preps the follow up to his successful debut album Along Came Joyner. The socially conscious lyricist recently teamed up with The Breakfast Club’s Angela Yee for an exclusive “Joyner Lucas Activation” event in NYC, where he played his top songs for industry executives and tastemakers in a live voting session.
“It was the first time I’ve ever done a type of event like that and it was great to give people an opportunity to listen to my top songs and vote. Some of them were giving me 9 out of 5 stars! The love was real and it showed me that I’m headed in the right direction,” Lucas notes.
He also divulged he received a call on the same day of his event that he’d been invited to take part in the coveted BET Cyphers next month. “I was in disbelief when I got the call, it was pretty much the opportunity that I’ve been waiting for,” he says.
Best known for his controversial and graphic video titled “Ross Cappichioni” (based on the true story of a teen’s near death experience at the hands of his so-called best friend), Joyner has continued to raise the bar in the indie rap game. With his first new single, “Champagne for Everybody” dropping from his impending sophomore album, Lucas says he’s not nervous about maintaining the level of success he’s garnered so far.
“As long as I stay true to myself, I’m not worried. My lyrics and what I choose to say come from my life experiences versus just following what everybody else is doing. It’s also about creating an emotional connection with my fans. Everything I’ve done is starting pay off. I just have to continue being Joyner Lucas.”
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