HCM. How did you come by your stage name?
LingoTheIcon. As a child, I traveled a lot on vacation. My parents made it a point for me to experience different environments and during those times, I met different people that I clicked within a lot of instances. It was like no matter where they were from regionally, I understood them; I understood their lingo. Even joining the military in my later years, I’ve gotten along with people that I probably wouldn’t have been around in normal circumstances. That’s how the moniker Lingo was birthed. I added “the icon” to it to represent my potential. I have a responsible voice and I don’t wanna misuse it, so I make sure whenever I’m conveying a message, people will receive it and even utilize to help them through whatever they may be going through.
HCM. When did you discover your love for music and what made you realize you wanted to pursue a career in music?
LingoTheIcon. I discovered my love for music back in elementary school. The Bad Boy era was pivotal for me. I wanted to be Mase, I wanted to be on the speedboats. I wanted to be in the car with Biggie driving in reverse. Although my lifestyle preference is much different now, those times had me reenacting rapper’s mannerisms and imagining I was in the music videos that were out. Over the years I found my self writing and I could never really call it poetry. It was always a beat I had in mind and my first writing form was definitely ABAB. I was rhyming every other line and ending it with a punchline. People like Lloyd Banks and Joe Budden helped me shape my pen. Around 2013 I ran into a great guy in the Army. He goes by T. Ali now but back then his rap name was Kaseo. He had a studio at his house and we use to congregate there. I met his friends which were also a good group of people. Being surrounded by that talent and them thinking I was just as talented to be new to the scene made me want to pursue music.
HCM. On your current/upcoming album… How did you come up with the concept for this project?
LingoTheIcon. I just released a single by the name of “Que Pasa”. My good brother Rocboymusic is a dope producer, whom I also met through T. Ali. He sent me this beat and I knew instantly I was going to be portraying my lyricism on this. I pace back and forth when I write, so I did that for about an hour and just let my fingers and brain go into autopilot typing away in the note section on my phone. Before I knew it I had two verses with a hook. The song doesn’t actually say Que Pasa, but all through it I’m saying “What Up!” which made me want to be fake creative and think of another way to say it.
HCM. What are your plans for the near future?
LingoTheIcon. Well, soon I will be shooting a video for Que Pasa. I am putting my focus into this song at the moment. I have to turn into the “promoter” I’m not and figure out creative ways to get it to the masses. I believe in this wholeheartedly though, so it’ll work.
HCM. Is there anyone you’d like to thank, any shout outs?
LingoTheIcon. I want to thank the most high because this very interview would not be possible if it was not for you. I want to thank all of my supporters and people who aren’t that familiar with me that still lent an ear to my art. Ashley J., Rob C., T Ali. , Brawl, Rocboymusic, and just all of my friends who encouraged me along the way to keep doing what I am passionate about, I truly appreciate it. I also want to thank this platform for giving artists opportunities to flourish.
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