Published on May 29th, 2019 | by Jerry Doby0
Five Questions With: Lambo Anlo
Back Story – Lambo Anlo is a neighborhood hero. Some may just say that but the Capitol Heights, MD raised rapper’s birth certificate clearly reads District of Columbia General Hospital; it doesn’t get much more DMV than that. The 24-year-old wordsmith is the second youngest of six children, growing up in a home where his parents and siblings exposed him to a myriad of musical genres that transcended eras. From his older brother introducing him to the lyrical genius of Tupac, Scarface, and Notorious BIG to his parents singing along to early Motown acts like The Jackson 5 and Marvin Gaye, to the sounds of Go-Go filling the streets of DC, Lambo pulls from an extensive frame of reference when creating his music. Embodying these different influences and DMV’s soul without sounding dated or like a caricature of artists from previous eras would seem difficult for most rappers, but for Lambo, it is the perfect inspiration he has needed to grow his artistry into a unique figure in the rap game. Lambo writes lyrics with a perspective much wiser than his years – a testament to his tribulations and blessings. When mentioning the former, no single event has affected his life like the untimely death of his older brother, which left him shell-shocked at the tender age of seven-years-old. Losing someone so close lit a fire in Lambo, ultimately causing him to approach each day with a higher level of urgency, considering that any day could be your last.
The balance of life requires blessings to come after tribulations. In 2016 Lambo received his greatest gift: his daughter. Just as his career has begun to ascend, she’s given him laser-focus – a reason to stay grounded through the madness that comes with fame and stardom. Her presence has allowed Lambo to dive into more substantive content and lyrics that he hopes will make her proud in the future. Like life, music is about balance. Hip-hop has always produced a quick, microwaveable product for monetary gain in parallel to the songs of substance, an idea that has only increased with the presence of the Internet. Fortunately, the proverbial cream always rises to the top, making the game look rather appetizing for Lambo. His first EP “Wish You Well” dropped April 2019 through Rostrum Records and features a three-song set that represents different sides of himself as an artist, father, and man. – Bio
The Hype Magazine got Lambo to weigh in on a few things:
Tell us about your current project and what it means for you!
This current project is special to me for various reasons. First, I got to put out one of my favorite songs that I’ve ever written and recorded, the lead single “Wish You Well” and second, I got to work with Needlz, a multi-platinum Grammy award-winning producer. And lastly, but definitely important, it was my first official release with Rostrum Records, which means a lot to me.
Do you feel your current project is the best introduction to you as an artist?
I feel like my current project is a great way for new fans to understand what I bring to the table as an artist. The lead single “Wish You Well” is a heartfelt song that is healing for the soul, a pick me up when I’m down kind of vibe. The second released single, “Non-Disclosure” is a song for the ladies, not bashing them or saying anything very provocative, but having an agreement to keep our business to ourselves. Last but not least is “On My Way”, a motivational song to keep you going on your path to greatness even when the obstacles try to get the best of you. So although it is a short EP you get to see different sides of myself as a man, friend, etc.
On the state of the Hip Hop culture, what are your thoughts?
I think the state of the culture is in a better place these days. Even though the tragic death of Nipsey Hussle brought us to tears, I believe it brought many things to light and brought us a little closer together as a culture. It made us pay more attention to our communities as a whole and our economic structure which is very important.
As a young aware cat, what’s it going to take for the culture to make a turn for the better?
I think our culture is taking a turn for the better in a way, with Jay Z and Meek fighting for reform in the prison systems. A lot more people are paying attention to problems we have as a black community. One thing I think we could work on is the violence in our culture. We gotta stop killing each other, but I believe we can get there one step at a time.
The Hype Magazine wants to know: What’s been your CRAZIEST “Where they do that at?! Or “WTF?!” moment thus far in your career?
One time me and my team were in ATL recording my album during the A3C festival. We decided to go catch Lil Wayne perform (One of my favorite, if not my favorite rapper) while he’s performing a whole stampede breaks out of nowhere. I think they said someone had a gun or something. Man the only thing I could think of was that shooting they had in Las Vegas at that concert. We got out of there safe, but all we could say was WTF! Lol
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