We caught up with the brilliant and insightful Lyrical a few weeks ago and have shared our conversation below.
Lyrical, thanks for taking the time to share your stories with us today The first dollar you earn is always exciting – it’s like the start of a new chapter and so we’d love to hear about the first time you sold or generated revenue from your creative work?
Oh wow, my first little piece of change! Lol! I had just released my first album Adjective of Poetry, in 2012, and it was getting a little steam. A lady reached out to me on Facebook and said she loved my song “So Addicted”. I was shocked, because of all the songs, I didn’t expect her to say that one. She was having a valentine/birthday bash and it was a lingerie party. She said “girl that song nasty I like it” lol She said she would like to pay me to perform it. I immediately said yes, didn’t even negotiate the price or anything, I was just so excited someone wanted to PAY me to perform. I was like damn this is IT, I’m legit now, I can call myself a true artist now, lol. I honestly don’t even remember how much I made, but it was a couple hundred or something. The party was dope, I felt like a superstar. I’ll never forget how proud I felt to perform my craft.
Lyrical, before we move on to more of these sorts of questions, can you take some time to bring our readers up to speed on you and what you do?
If you don’t know me, I am a Hip Hop Artist, a mom, an entrepreneur, community volunteer and activist, and consultant. I help people understand the music business and other business, mentor our youth and volunteer in our community, fight for what’s right, raise my kids to do the same, run my businesses, all while giving my listeners some bomb music they can relate to.
I help others see themselves and their purpose.
I got into music because I used to freestyle with my brother Bennie Scott over other peoples’ music, then would freestyle in the cafeteria at school, on the bus, talent shows you name it. I wrote poetry also. When I was a senior in high school I decided to take it a bit more serious and started recording for real. I haven’t left music ever since. Signed with Mr Lawton Records in 2011, my first deal with Sony/BCD in 2012, left and went independent and have been grinding ever since.
I own a publishing company, Konscious Kulture, own my masters and publishing rights, have published a couple of ebooks to help instill confidence in the Plus Size community, and help independent artists get their business in order.
The talent part is easy. It’s natural for me to make music because it comes from the heart so it flows, my style grew as I grew ya know? My music emits power, confidence, and moves people to act.
What makes me different is the fact I have no fear of being myself. I am who I am, no one will ever change that and can’t even challenge it. I don’t have to follow the wave and I still shine because I’m fulfilling my purpose. I’m really good at being me, besides, why would I want to be anything other than?
I’m most proud of the fact that through all the struggles and expectations the world places on artists, I thrive, and I thrive standing on my own. I’m proud that I have earned my respect the right way and have been able to touch people through my music, encourage others, and lead the next generation.
What do you find most rewarding about being a creative?
The most rewarding aspect of being an artist for me is being able to create what I want, when I want, the way I want. Having full control of my expression is paramount to me. Another part of that is receiving the feedback from your listeners and fans who support you and let you know how much your music impacts them. Hearing people tell me they work out to my songs, or they listen everyday before work, or when they feel like quitting, gives me the greatest pleasure. If I can only touch one soul and encourage one person, that is enough for me because it means I am fulfilling my purpose.
What can society do to ensure an environment that’s helpful to artists and creatives?
Society can help artists by appreciating their art and not reducing it to comparative norms and expecting them to conform to everyone else’s. Realize art is self expression, allow people to be their full selves and appreciate it as such. Support the artist and their art, and not just view them as a product. Be a bit more kind, and realize artists are human and deserve respect just like you. There shouldn’t be more judgement or less patience.