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Rapper Lute details his personal hardships in new music video for “Life”

“Sometimes life gets crazy. Sometimes I don’t know up from down.”

Rapper Lute gifts his fans on his birthday by dropping his latest single “Life.” In this song, Lute reflects and celebrates as he describes the pressures from those around him, the rap game, and most importantly, himself. The string accompaniment on the production from Lute provides a perfect backdrop for the introspective lyrics and harmonies from Tiera Beverly on the hook. While addressing his messages of self-growth and perseverance to his daughter, Lute is also talking to himself to make sure he practices what he preaches.

The video, directed by Alexander Hall for Haus Elephi, features three generations of his family as well as the recent headlines regarding the protests in the streets and Covid-19. He also dedicates the song and video to those killed on June 21, 2020 on Beatties Ford Road in North Carolina as well as his cousin Marcus Okoye Withers.

Lute has been busy releasing his episodic Gold Mouf Chronicles which features his single “GED (Gettin Every Dolla)” as its opening theme. The 2020 single has become a fan favorite with the music video amassing over 1.8 million views on YouTube. Following its release, Lute stunned fans with a halftime performance during the Hornets vs. Rockets showdown at the Spectrum Center in Charlotte, North Carolina. In 2019, the Charlotte rapper teamed up with label head J. Cole, and DaBaby for the track, “Under the Sun,” which was featured on the Grammy-nominated RIAA certified Platinum Dreamville album Revenge of the Dreamers III. With the impressive pace Lute is growing at, fans excitedly wait for what’s next.

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Lute – Gold Mouf Chronicles

Following the special episode of Gold Mouf Chronicles dealing with his anxiety, Lute (Dreamville/Interscope Records) gives his best attempts at some alternative solutions to calm himself. He enters Dojo Body Mind in Charlotte, NC which is led by Brandon Powell to learn some meditation and breathing techniques that centers himself, especially under high pressure scenarios. Using what Powell refers to as forms of internal self-defense, Lute practices controlling his breathing carefully to a drum before easing himself into an ice bath. While intimidated at first, he overcomes the initial mental and physical shock and manages to stay in it for almost half a minute. Hopefully it leads to a better control over his anxiety in the near future. Watch the episode HERE.

The series features Lute’s latest single “GED (Gettin Every Dolla)” as its opening theme. The single, which debuted in early 2020 following a cryptic social media campaign, has become a fan favorite. The Neal Farmer-directed video, has now amassed over 1.8 MM views on YouTube. Following its release, Lute stunned fans with a halftime performance during the Hornets vs. Rockets showdown at the Spectrum Center in Charlotte, North Carolina. In 2019, the Charlotte rapper teamed up with label head J. Cole, and hip hop phenom DaBaby for the track, “Under the Sun,” which was featured on the Grammy-nominated RIAA certified Platinum Dreamville album Revenge of the Dreamers III. Fans can catch the latest episodes of Gold Mouf Chronicles by visiting www.gettineverydolla.com.

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Lute Discusses Mental Health Struggle

While in quarantine, many people have been given the time to face obstacles they’ve chosen to ignore or push aside in the past. The reason for the delay may vary from person to person but it’s never easy to finally confront that issue. For Lute (Dreamville/Interscope Records), he’s now comfortable enough to share with the world his anxiety and his turbulent relationship with it. “Quarantine gave me time to reflect and really take a look at myself in the mirror, so I did,” he said in an exclusive quote. He continued, “Now I want to show y’all what I’ve seen.” In the sixth episode of Gold Mouf Chronicles, he sits with director Alexander Hall and his manager Dho over the phone, to talk through his extended trip to Los Angeles earlier this year from North Carolina and how not being able to record music in a studio for his album due to Covid-19 has aggravated his anxiety. Watch the episode HERE.

In the two very personally revealing conversations, Lute discusses how multiple family members also have anxiety and that when he was young he had open heart surgery, leaving his future up to fate. While the procedure was successful, he constantly felt like he needed to prove something of himself as he made frequent trips to get tests done on his heart until he was 17. His anxiety still affects him today, before shows, daily interactions with his family and team, and even while at home. His anxiety attacks have also occurred in very public moments, most notably during his Dreamville Fest set in and halftime performance during the Hornets vs. Rockets game March 2020. After a particularly bad attack last year, he started taking medication as well as attending meditation and breathing sessions at a dojo to help cope with his anxiety.  The episode ends with an explanation for the Gold Mouf Chronicles—an honest, fun look behind the usually reserved person known as Lute—and some daily affirmations we can all live by each day.

The series features Lute’s latest single “GED (Gettin Every Dolla)” as its opening theme. The single, which debuted in early 2020 following a cryptic social media campaign, has become a fan favorite. The Neal Farmer-directed video, has now amassed over 1.6 MM views on YouTube. Following its release, Lute stunned fans with a halftime performance during the Hornets vs. Rockets showdown at the Spectrum Center in Charlotte, North Carolina. In 2019, the Charlotte rapper teamed up with label head J. Cole, and hip hop phenom DaBaby for the track, “Under the Sun,” which was featured on the Grammy-nominated RIAA certified Platinum Dreamville album Revenge of the Dreamers III. Fans can catch the latest episodes of Gold Mouf Chronicles by visiting www.gettineverydolla.com.

Watch Lute’s “Gold Mouf Chronicles” Special Edition Episode Video HERE.

View Lute’s “GED (Gettin Every Dolla)” eSingle Retail HERE.

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“Gold Mouf Chronicles” – Episode 2

DREAMVILLE’S LUTE RELEASES SECOND EPISODE OF “GOLD MOUF CHRONICLES”

Artist Discusses His Childhood and Love for Cars While Building a Model ‘87 Buick

Rapper Lute (Dreamville/Interscope Records) has just released the second episode of his mini-series, Gold Mouf Chronicles. Directed and edited by Alexander Hall, the eight-episode online series offers a vivid look into the rapper’s passions and talents, which extend far beyond music. The second episode, highlights Lute’s love of cars, as he prepares to build a model version of the ‘87 Buick Grand National. Lute opens up about his childhood, touching on the relationship with his brother and their humble beginnings in Charlotte, NC. “For me, music, art and cars are one in the same. It’s all about expressing yourself and what you love,” Lute says. Loyal fans will appreciate the introspective narrative and insight offered during the 4-minute video, released today. You can watch the second episode HERE.

Last month, the Gold Mouf Chronicles series debuted with the lead episode, “The Joy of Painting with Gold Mouf.” Styled after Bob Ross’ classic PBS program The Joy of Painting, Lute showed off his artistic skills while painting a Keith Haring-inspired spaceship. Watch HERE.

The series’ theme song comes by way of Lute’s latest single “GED (Gettin Every Dolla),” whose Neal Farmer-directed video,  has now amassed over 1MM views on YouTube. In 2019, Lute teamed up with label head J. Cole, and hip hop phenom DaBaby for the fan favorite, “Under the Sun,” which was featured on the Grammy-nominated RIAA certified Gold Dreamville album Revenge of the Dreamers III. Last month, Lute stunned fans when he performed an exciting halftime set during the Hornets vs. Rockets showdown at the Spectrum Center in Charlotte, North Carolina. Fans are encouraged to keep up with Gold Mouf Chronicles by visiting gettineverydolla.com

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DREAMVILLE’S LUTE RELEASES NEW MINI-SERIES, “GOLD MOUF CHRONICLES”
 
In the ever-creative Dreamville fashion, rapper Lute (Dreamville/Interscope Records) has announced the release of his very own mini-series, “Gold Mouf Chronicles,” to aid in the promotion of his latest single “GED (Gettin Every Dolla).” The eight-episode online series, directed and edited by Alexander Hall, features the artist’s alter ego, Gold Mouf as he partakes in a host of activities and pranks. Just shy of five minutes, the first episode, “The Joy of Painting with Gold Mouf” is styled after a classic PBS program hosted by the late Bob Ross (The Joy of Painting).

The episode opens with a mild-mannered Lute who quickly transitions into the charismatic, though slightly foul-mouthed, Gold Mouf, who walks viewers through the painting of a Keith Haring-inspired spaceship. Both intriguing and informative, viewers will appreciate the rapper’s intellect and ability to seamlessly slip between his two personas. You can watch the first episode HERE.

The online series serves as the second wave of promotion for the recently released “GED (Gettin Every Dolla),” which serves as the opening theme song. The single was first teased through a barrage of cryptic commercials which appeared heavily on social media early this year. The accompanying Neal Farmer-directed video has racked up over 1MM views on YouTube. Lute continues to generate buzz for his undeniable skills as an emcee, as well as his incredible fashion sense. He can be heard on the Grammy-nominated RIAA certified Gold compilation album Revenge of the Dreamers III; receiving significant praise for his work on the track, “Under the Sun.” The certified Gold collaboration features the Charlotte-born, Lute, and fellow North Carolinians: superstar and label head, J-Cole, and popular rising artist, DaBaby. With regards to fashion, Lute has been featured on Vogue and Refinery29’s “Best Dressed Men” compilations. Most recently, Lute shined when he performed a halftime set during a Hornets vs. Rockets showdown at the Spectrum Center in Charlotte, North Carolina. As part of the event, Dreamville gifted 7,500 fans with limited edition apparel.

For more information visit gettineverydolla.com.

Lute’s “Gold Mouf Chronicles” Mini-Series

Video: http://youtu.be/i1Gu3xGTsVk

Lute’s “GED (Gettin Every Dolla)” eSingle

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Video: http://smarturl.it/LuteGEDVideo

 

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New York… don’t miss Dreamville’s Lute and J.I.D on the Never Had Sh!t Tour

Friday, November 10th

SOB’s

204 Varick St

New York, NY 10014

DREAMVILLE RECORDING ARTIST LUTE RELEASES WEST 1996 PT. 2 PROJECT

Joins J.I.D And Earthgang on The Never Had Sh!t Tour

Dreamville/Interscope Records recording artist Lute will join fellow labelmates J.I.D and Earthgang on their upcoming Never Had Sh!t Tour which kicks off on November 2nd in Toronto, ON.  In addition to the release of West 1996 Pt.2, Lute also dropped a brand new visual for “Morning Shift” today.

The new project is the follow up to his first solo mixtape West 1996 which dropped in 2012. His mixtape success caught the ear of J. Cole who later signed the rising rapper to Dreamville Records in 2015. Lute also gives his fans a look into his life with the release of Lute: Still Slummin’ Documentary which can be seen HERE.

West 1996 Pt. 2 is a contemporary throwback featuring soulful production contributions from GRAMMY-winner Cam O’bi (“Ford’s Prayer” and “Premonition” feat. Earthgang), alongside Shiggy (“Home” feat. Elevator Jay and “Git Up’ feat. GQ Slaughter), Elite (“Ambitions”) and Save Allen (“Morning Shift“, “Crabs In A Barrel“ and “Livin’ Life” feat. High I’m Ry).  The first single “Juggin’,” also produced by Save Allen, serves as a metaphor for how Lute has approached his 28 years on the planet.

“This project is an accumulation of chapters and events leading up to Dreamville signing me. It’s a window into the last five years of my life…the obstacles, the challenges, the changes. It’s also motivation to not let people or circumstances define who you are. My only competition is the person I was yesterday. I’ve been patient and very appreciative of this platform and now its time to show what I’m capable of,” comments Lute.

If you haven’t already, check out the video for “Juggin’,” HERE.

 

Lute “West 1996 PT. 2” eAlbum

Retail: http://smarturl.it/West1996PT2

Never Had Sh!t Tour Dates

11/10 New York, NY – SOB’s

11/12 Washington, DC – Songbyrd

11/13 Durham, NC – Motorco

11/15 Charlotte,NC – The Underground

11/17 Tampa,FL – The Orpheum

11/18 Miami, FL – Hangar

11/19 Orlando, FL – Backbooth

11/21 Atlanta, GA – Vinyl

EarthGang Release Video For “Robots”

ATLANTA RAP DUO EARTHGANG RELEASE VIDEO FOR “ROBOTS”

Atlanta rap duo EarthGang, Johnny Venus and Doctur Dot, has released a video for “Robots.” WATCH HERE

EarthGang’s ‘Never Had Sh!t’ co-headlining tour with J.I.D kicks off on November 2nd in Toronto and continues through the end of the month. Lute and Chaz French will be opening on the tour. Tickets are on sale now. Please see below for tour dates.

EarthGang will also join the international leg of J. Cole’s 4 Your Eyez Only World Tour this October. Please visit http://dreamville.com/events/ for all European dates.

The Never Had Sh!t Tour dates are as follows:

11/02 Toronto, ON Adelaide Hall
11/03 Chicago, IL Reggie’s
11/04 Detroit, MI El Club
11/05 Cleveland, OH Grog Shop
11/07 Boston, MA Sonia
11/08 Philadelphia, PA Foundry
11/09 Baltimore, MD Soundstage
11/10 New York, NY SOB’s
11/12 Washington, DC Songbyrd
11/13 Durham, NC Motorco
11/15 Charlotte, NC The Underground
11/17 Tampa, FL The Orpheum
11/18 Miami, FL Hangar

11/19 Orlando, FL Backbooth
11/21 Atlanta, GA Vinyl

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Lute x “Still Slummin'”

Following the release of his brand new project West 1996 Pt. 2, newcomer, Lute, releases another thought provoking visual for his hot track “Still Slummin'”, produced by the legendary J. Dilla. Lute prepares to embark with labelmates J.I.D and Earthgang this November on the “Never Had Sh!t” tour and he continues to treat his fans to new content. Last month, the rapper shared more intimate moments of his life in the Lute: Still Slummin’ Documentary. He may be new to the HipHop scene, but he is making sure that he won’t be unknown for long.

Check out the visual for “Still Slummin'” HERE.

Check out the eAlbum for West 1996 Pt. 2 HERE.

DREAMVILLE RECORDING ARTIST LUTE READIES NEW PROJECT

DREAMVILLE RECORDING ARTIST LUTE READIES NEW PROJECT

West 1996 Pt. 2 Available September 29

Lute: Still Slummin’ Documentary Out Now

Dreamville/Interscope Records recording artist Lute will release West 1996 Pt.2 on September 29th at all digital retailers. The new project is the follow up to his first solo mixtape West 1996 which dropped in 2012. His mixtape success caught the ear of J. Cole who later signed the rising rapper to Dreamville Records in 2015. The Charlotte native also gives his fans a look into his life with the release of Lute: Still Slummin’ Documentary which can be seen HERE.  
 
West 1996 Pt. 2 is a contemporary throwback featuring soulful production contributions from GRAMMY-winner Cam O’bi (“Ford’s Prayer” and “Premonition” feat. Earthgang), alongside Shiggy (“Home” feat. Elevator Jay and “Git Up’ feat. GQ Slaughter), Elite (“Ambitions”) and Save Allen (“Morning Shift“, “Crabs In A Barrel“ and “Livin’ Life” feat. High I’m Ry). The first single “Juggin’,” also produced by Save Allen, serves as a metaphor for how Lute has approached his 28 years on the planet.

 

“This project is an accumulation of chapters and events leading up to Dreamville signing me. It’s a window into the last five years of my life…the obstacles, the challenges, the changes. It’s also motivation to not let people or circumstances define who you are. My only competition is the person I was yesterday. I’ve been patient and very appreciative of this platform and now its time to show what I’m capable of,” comments Lute.

 
You can check out the video for his new single “Juggin’,” directed by Anthony Supreme HERE.
 
Lute “Juggin’” eSingle:

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Tracklisting:
1. Morning Shift
2. Still Slummin’
3. Home Ft. Elevator Jay
4. Ambitions
5. Git Up Ft. GQ Slaughter
6. Juggin’
7. Ford’s Prayer Ft. Cam O’bi
8. Crabs In A Barrel
9. Premonition Ft. Earthgang & Cam O’bi
10. Birds & Bees
11. Livin Life Ft. High I’m Ry

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DREAMVILLE’S LUTE RELEASES VISUAL FOR HIS NEW SINGLE “JUGGIN”


Youtube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CdUgSxNS8VM

VEVO: http://vevo.ly/bWDWrb

Lute “Juggin’” eSingle

Retail: http://smarturl.it/JugginLute

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About Lute

Born in West Charlotte, North Carolina, Luther “Lute” Nicholson’s hip-hop awakening happened at 7 years old. His older brother was heading off to basic training in the Army and entrusted him to look after his prized CD collection. A budding visual artist who spent all his free time drawing and doodling, young Lute had no interest in his big bro’s stash, but one day, curiosity got the best of him.

​“There was a treasure trove of stuff that I had never heard,” he recalls excitedly. “Outkast, Goodie Mob, Tupac, Biggie, Bone Thugs-n-Harmony, Pastor Troy, 3-6 Mafia… It wasn’t until I scavenged through all of it that I realized I had been missing out on a lot.”

​The year was 1996, and things were rapidly changing in the historically Black Beatties Ford neighborhood where Lute grew up. From the drugs being sold on the corners to the escalating police violence, the reality of his surroundings was becoming too much to bear. Hip-hop somehow helped the youngster make sense of it all.  

​Lute was 13 when he decided to try his hand at writing some raps. Coaxed into it by his friends Jimmy Kelso and Allan whose older brother was already a popular rapper in high school, the entering freshmen created a crew of their own. “Early on, I was terrible,” he admits, “But the more I did it, the more I really liked this second outlet I had to express myself in ways that I couldn’t through art.”

​The trio practiced religiously; rhyming over instrumentals they downloaded from the J. Armz How To Be An MC series. They eventually recorded their first mixtape, burned a bunch of CDs and distributed them to their friends. “Everybody was feeling it,” says Lute. “We liked the recognition we were getting at school but at the time we weren’t thinking anything bigger than that.”

​It wasn’t until near the end of 12th grade that he began to take things more seriously. Kicked out of school for insubordination and struggling to complete his GED at a local community college, the misunderstood 17-year-old had no choice but to grow up quick. He opted to put his faith in his expanding skills and instead of hitting the books, focused on elevating his lyrical content and flow.

​In 2010, he met up with fellow microphone fiend, SchylerChaise, and discussed forming a Voltron-like collective of likeminded MCs who would support one another on the come up. Lute brought in his old pal Jimmy Kelso and SchylerChaise invited his buddy High I’m Ry. Together they became Forever FC.

​“It was a brotherhood,” Lute explains. “We were all independent artists working on our own projects but we had each other’s backs.” The four-man squad made enough noise during their five-year tenure to grace the cover of Creative Loafing Charlotte and garner national coverage from The Fader, Complex and The Source magazines.

In the midst, Lute dropped his first solo mixtape, West 1996, in early 2012. Recorded in a basement over beats he found on YouTube, the critically acclaimed project swiftly caught the attention of legendary hip-hop producer, Pete Rock, who retweeted it to his followers, and North Carolina rap star J. Cole, who tracked him down after discovering the tape on 2DopeBoyz.com.

“I named the project West 1996 because I’m from the west and I fell in love with hip-hop in 1996,” Lute reveals. “I recreated the Nas cover because I felt like this was gonna be my ’hood’s Illmatic. My perspective was just talking about growing up and the music I loved. I didn’t expect anything from it, but all of a sudden, out of nowhere, it blew up.”

Retweets and likes weren’t paying the bills, though. And with a baby on the way, Lute went underground, taking a menial job at the airport fueling planes to make ends meet. Almost three years went by before fans heard from the promising young rapper again. But when he finally resurfaced, he had the long-awaited follow-up to his debut in hand and ready to go.

“Everybody was asking where the music was so I decided to give people an idea of what I’d been going through the last few years,” he says. “I had a lot of things to write about and started creating songs on the job. I had also decided that this was gonna be my last project ever, so I went all out and poured my heart into it.”

Lute sent raw copies of West 1996 Pt. II to a few of his closest peeps and associates, including Dreamville filmmaker Scott Lazer, who passed it along to the boss. The night before the release date, Lute got a text from J. Cole saying he’d heard and loved the album and wanted to help take it to another level. The two spoke, and much to the dismay of his fans, Lute ended up holding the project.

That summer, J. Cole invited the talented wordsmith to join the Forest Hills Drive Tour for a couple of weeks “to see how things work” behind the scenes. His Dilla-produced head nodder, “Still Slummin’,” was included on the Revenge Of The Dreamers II Dreamville compilation, and by the end of 2015, it was announced that Lute was officially on Dreamville Records.

Although West 1996 Pt. II was already finished when Lute got signed, it was riddled with delays due to sample clearance issues. So the artist went back to the drawing board, tweaking song structures, swapping out instrumentals and redoing hooks to make it feel fresh. “It’s come a long way,” he remarks.

The contemporary throwback album features soulful production contributions from GRAMMY-winner Cam O’bi (“Ford’s Prayer” and “Premonition” feat. Earthgang), alongside Shiggy (“Home” feat. Elevator Jay and “Git Up’ feat. GQ), Elite (“Ambitions”) and Save Allen (“Morning Shift“, “Crabs In A Barrel“ and “Livin’ Life” feat. High I’m Ry). The single “Juggin’,” also produced by Save Allen, serves as a metaphor for how the artist has approached his 28 years on the planet.

“It’s about finessing your way through life,” explains Lute. “My mom was always the one always telling me to watch my circle, don’t get involved with the wrong crowd, and do things the right way,” he recounts. “Meanwhile my dad was like, ‘forget that, you gotta get out there to figure out how life works.’ I’ve always just tried to find that balance.”