“Don’t Think You Run This Rap Game Just Because You Have “X” Amount Of Views” L.A. | Exclusive Interview

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Lakshya Parihar goes by the stage name, L.A . He is a Haldwani based hip-hop artist. Currently, he is living in the capital city Delhi. Recently, L.A dropped his first mixtape called “Last Semester”. L.A. is one of the finest rappers from the Haldwani city. He is also the member of a hip-hop crew called Grind Music. When I heard “Last Semester”, I thought, I should know more about it.

So, I contacted L.A. and here is how my conversation with him went:

The KJi: WHO IS L.A.? DESCRIBE YOUR JOURNEY.

L.A: L.A. is a regular small town guy who has got big dreams. Sounds clichéd, right? But it is what it is. I started getting into hip-hop when I was 15 or16 but I never thought that this is what I will be doing after 8 years. Being an introvert, I needed something to voice out my opinion and hip-hop was that medium.

With no studio, no knowledge about how to record my music, I shifted to Delhi with my friends for my college in 2014 and started learning music production with my homies. We rented a flat and recorded the whole “Last Semester” tape and that’s how it started.

TheKJi: WHY DID YOU DELAY THE RELEASE OF YOUR MIXTAPE?

L.A: There were many reasons to delay my mixtape. I started recording it around August 2016 and I  finished my mixtape in January 2017. But I had nothing expect my social media accounts to promote it.

I was figuring out the right way to do it. I literally gave my blood, sweat, and tears in this mixtape. As a matter of fact, I knew that I made a quality project but I had no audience. Finally, I decided to release it on my own on May 5, 2017.

The KJi: SOME OF YOUR TRACKS SOUND REBELLIOUS? WHAT’S  YOUR TAKE ON IT?

L.A: I don’t fit in maybe that’s why! Every musician, artist, and creative person is rebellious in some way or the other. I was just expressing myself through those songs.

The KJi: WHAT IS THE STORY  BEHIND “YOU ARE NOT FROM DELHI”?

L.A: Hahaha! “You Are Not From Delhi” signifies a lot of things. “I come from Haldwani, Uttrakhand which is a small town”. Me, my producer Y.C. and my friend Viper X were drunk and we beefed with some of the guys after attending a house party.

Viper X got really aggressive and Y.C. started calming him down. We were in the auto and I recorded that shit just to show Viper X, how drunk he was.

It is a real incident I was finalizing the tracklist and this idea came into my mind to include this skit. I discussed it with my homies and we said fuck it! Let’s keep this skit in the mixtape.

The KJi: WHY DIDN’T YOU CHOOSE ANY PROMOTIONAL PLATFORM FOR THE RELEASE OF YOUR MIXTAPE?

L.A: I wanted it to be organic. I told myself if it spreads, it spreads otherwise I will work even harder. Also, I don’t have many “Industry Connections” and so-called friends in this rap game. So, I had no one to support me.

THE KJi: ANY SPECIFIC THEME BEHIND “LAST SEMESTER”?

L.A: Yes, this is the final year of my college and I don’t know what the fuck I’m gonna do after this. I just want to keep making music and I don’t want that 9 to 5 job. This is not acceptable in our society. It brings a lot of pressure. I have a song called “Pen” in my mixtape where I describe all of this.

THE KJi: WHO ARE YOUR FAVORITE RAPPERS FROM THE CURRENT LOT?

L.A: J.Cole is my favorite rapper. Meek Mill, Nas, Jay- Z, Lil Wayne, Drake, Tory Lanez, and Migos. I grew up listening to Bohemia, though. I really admire Russ, Nav for their production.

As far as in the underground scene, I only look up to Sikander Kahlon. I respect his work. The way he has introduced mixtape culture in India. Not too many artists can do that.

THE KJi: WHAT MESSAGE OR TIPS YOU CAN GIVE TO THE UPCOMING RAPPERS?

L.A: I haven’t achieved anything right now. But I just want to say that be humble and don’t think you run this rap game just because you have “X” amount of views on your videos. Keep on learning, ignore these haters and what people say, just focus on positive things. Be authentic and don’t follow trends, just be yourself and keep making music.