Rap music can represent many things. For Jamaican-born, South London-based rap artist on the rise Lvincix, hip hop carries a special weight and responsibility. Lvincix is quickly getting noticed for not just his skills behind the mic, but also for his lyrics that carry a positive, conscious socially aware message. This spirit and style is a perfect answer to the many challenges the world face today, giving a voice to the people who need it most. Lvincix’s new EP “167 PHOSPHENE” drops on April 30th, with the title pointing to the challenges the artist faced growing up with epilepsy.
“Phosphene is the phenomenon of seeing light without light passing directly through your eyes,” commented Lvincix about his new EP. “It’s a phenomenon I experience quite frequently due to being epileptic. 167 which represents Lvincix in Roman numerals, hence why my first EP is named 167 Phosphene. It represents Lvincix, everything I stand for, everything I’ve experienced, everything I am, socially conscious.”
It’s easy to spot both Lvincix’s proud Jamaican heritage and his heavy Dancehall influences with a quick listen to his new songs. According to the rising hip hop MC, artists who have had a significant impact on his life and work include Bob Marley, Buju Bonton, Berish Hammond and Spragga Benz, Bounty Killer, Bennie Man, Agent Sasco, Vybz Kartel , Mavado and Popcaan; along with classic rappers like Tupac, Notorious B.I.G., Eminem, Jcole, Kendrick Lammer, Dave, Stormzy, and J Hus. All of this comes together and is filtered through his own boundless creativity to deliver something fresh and new but built on a strong foundation.
Lvincix’s first efforts behind a mic were with in his church choir as a youth, something that helped him get used to the feeling of performing in front of crowds, and also put him in closer touch with his love for music. His experiences with the church also cultivated his deep social awareness and his drive to help others, something he doesn’t fail to credit in his recent interviews.
London’s Hot Money Studio has been helping Lvincix with smart advice and sharing their deep experience with the young artist. This insight is certainly valuable and will likely help save him time and energy by his avoiding getting caught up in some of the common pitfalls new UK hip hop artists often experience.
Beyond more work recording and releasing some of the best new rap the UK has to offer, Lvincix is looking forward to the end of Covid-19 related lockdowns and restrictions in England and in Europe so that he can begin performing live for his fans. 2020 into 2021 has made this impossible so far, but it’s clear that there’s light approaching at the end of the tunnel. And when it comes, Lvincix will be ready.