There's a great rising Hip Hop act in the Lynchburg area. Whether or not you love Hip Hop, you'll want to give a listen to LCCP, two local MCs making a name in hip hop in our area.
LCCP is currently working on its debut album, "R.O.A.M". We talked with Skim from LCCP to learn more about how the two got together and what to expect in the future.
Skim will be featured on the Tony Camm show on Hot 103.9 at 11 a.m. on Saturday, February 1. Tune in to hear more about this up and coming local act.
One role parents play is encouraging kids to follow their dreams. Supportive and encouraging parents are often behind successful adults. Skim's been blessed with plenty of encouragement along the way.
Examiner: So, how long have you been on the Hip Hop scene?
Skim: Well, me and 2Purcent used to write lyrics just for fun and maybe practice them over beats we could find online. It wasn't until recently we seriously thought about going into the Hip Hop scene. A friend of mine told me of a producer that might have been interested in us, but it never really worked out, so we just decided to produce and promote independently.
Examiner: How did you guys get together?
Skim: We first met when we had class together in the tenth grade, and we both now currently go to Liberty University. I think the first time we ever talked was in photography class. We had both math and photography together that year, so that gave us a good chance to get to know each other. We've been best friends and partners in rhyme ever since.
Examiner: Do you like all types of music or only the Hip Hop genre?
Skim: I've always taken to the attitude that good music is good music, no matter what genre it's in. So I like everything from Tupac and Eminem to the Beatles and Foo Fighters. If I like it I like it, whatever genre it is.
Examiner: How did you take the next step to produce your own music? Did you know a lot about mixing music already or did you get help from someone else?
Skim: One our favorite rappers and biggest influences, Hopsin, was talking on a live chat to the fans one day about how he suggests up and coming artists should do the work themselves instead of trying to search for a producer to sign them, so that's what we did. We started doing research to see how to set up a studio, what kind of equipment we'd need, etc. As far as mixing music and making beats, that I had to pretty much learn for myself, as I went in knowing literally nothing about it. However, with some practice and some trial and error, I've managed to get it down, and we've been getting a pretty positive response on our beats, so that's certainly encouraging.
Examiner: Have you done any local appearances? How do you get the word out about your music?
Skim: We have not done any live performances yet, as we're still finishing up our songs for the album. Once we feel we have enough material to be able to put on a good show, we'll start looking into live opportunities. Hopefully, that'll be very soon. No longer do you have to completely rely on live shows and local venues to get your name out there. Social media allows artists to get their name out there faster and easier than ever before. When someone hears your name, the first thing they're going to do is go to YouTube or Facebook to see if they can find some of your music to listen to.
Examiner: Where did you guys come up with name LCCP?
Skim: Well the origin of the LCCP name may be seen as a little anticlimactic as it's simply our initials. It does have kind of a ring to it, so we kept it though. One of 2Purcent's relatives made up 2% for him as a joke about his whiteness, but it just kind of stuck. I became Skim to keep with the theme, and because I'm the skinnier of the two.
Examiner: Where do you see LCCP in 5 years? Will you be able to continue to create new songs and keep the music going?
Skim: I would like to see our group grow and not only have a few albums under our belt, but also have a fan base that spreads outside of the local area, hopefully past Virginia even. We both have plan Bs, but this is something we've wanted to do for a long time, and it's something we wish to continue to do for a long time.
Examiner: How difficult is it to balance school demands and your music?
Skim: About as difficult as you could imagine. With classes, homework, and a job in 2Purcent's case, it takes a lot of time away from music. We've established a set schedule for studio time, though, and I manage to have enough off time to where I can get a good amount of work done mixing and all that, so we get it done.
Examiner: How many hours to you dedicate to making music each week?
Skim: There's no real set number, but I'd say I usually put about 2-3 hours in mixing every day at minimum. We usually end up going to the studio either 2 or 3 days out of the week, and we're usually there for a while, like 5 or 6 hours. Our record is 12 hours in one day. Needless to say, we were exhausted afterwards.
Examiner: Do you do all of the mixing or does 2Purcent do some too?
Skim: Right now mixing and production is all me, but he gives me a lot of very valuable input. He's not afraid to tell me when he doesn't like something, or to tell me that he does like something even if I think it should be scrapped. We were talking about maybe in the future I could teach him a little more about how to produce and all that, but right now I think we'd both much rather focus on getting the album done.
Examiner: How's the album coming along?
Skim: "R.O.A.M." is the first album we've ever worked on and I'd say right now we're around 60 to 75 percent done. We'll be releasing new songs periodically. The full album should be released mid to late spring of this year.
Examiner: Will "R.O.A.M." release in a downloadable format and hard format?
Skim: Right now we're looking at a purely downloadable release, simply due to budget reasons. That's not to say we won't consider offering hard copies later on down the road, though.
Examiner: What's the best thing about making music?
Skim: Just the act of making it. Everyone needs a way they can express themselves and music is a great method of doing so. When you listen to different artists, each one of them has a different feel, and their songs say something a little bit different about themselves as an individual. When people hear our music, they don't just hear a product, they learn a little bit more about us.
Examiner: If you had to describe LCCP in 10 words or less, what would you say?
Skim: The only 2% and Skim you'll ever get to hear
Me: What else would you like people to know about LCCP?
Skim: This is something we never thought we would ever get the opportunity to do, and we know a lot of other people with great talent feel the same way. So the big message we want to get out is that anyone can do what we do, or even what the legends like Eminem, Tupac, Dr. Dre, and all them can do. If you have the talent, learn what it takes to get started, and do it. Don't rob the world of a great artist just because you're afraid.
Examiner: Thanks for taking time out of your evening to chat and good luck!
Behind every musician are supportive family members who have encouraged them to follow their dreams. According to Skim's dad, his son always loved music and has taken piano lessons for years.
Encouraging kids is a big part of parenting. You can encourage your child to follow his dream by being there and offering advice and support along the way.
Like many musicians, Skim made up songs and recorded videos as a kid. Skim's learned a lot about mixing and producing and a lot of other musicians have requested his help to produce their music.