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A couple of days ago, Grammy-winning rapper Chamillionaire released a new EP. On it was a winding, harmonic harmony called
featuring the suddenly very popular Lee-Lonn, heretofore an underappreciated Houston R&B singer.
Lee-Lonn's stock within the rap community in Houston has risen sharply this past year; one can only assume it will continue to do so. So we reached out to initiate him into the Houston Press Artist of the Week mafia before he became too, too famous. Questions and answers from the interview ahead.
A quick aside: We actually hired Lee-Lonn and keyboardist Nick Mantis to come to our home and perform Christmas carols this past Christmas. It was remarkable. As good as he is in speakers, he's even better in person. You should definitely consider giving him money to sing words for you.
Rocks Off: Tell everyone everything they need to know about Leelonn in exactly six words.
Lee-Lonn: Disease is my motivation, what's yours?
RO: As a (very talented) singer, how much easier is life for you?
L-L: A beautiful dichotomy. God works in mysterious ways. Musically you could be on top of the game, while living in your truck, ya know? It's always plenty more to accomplish, but It's never a bad day when you're doing exactly what you want to do musically.
RO: Also, when you're writing a song, how much time do you spend saying, "Yeah, this is definitely going to make women want to sleep with me"?
L-L: The least of the time. I make music off of certain feelings. I usually try the records out on a girl before releasing it and if it works then I'm good. if not, I go climb trees and say, "What would Michael do?"
RO: I suspect that this Chamillionaire song you were featured on is the biggest moment of your career. How did that come to be?
L-L: Chamillionaire contacted me via email and I didn't believe it was him initially, until he called me. I almost dropped the phone! Cham said that he had heard my first single,
and watched the video on Youtube and that he had heard some of the [last year's EP] Pre-Lonn and said that he would love to do a track with me on his newly released EP, Ammunition.
He set the time and date, and boom. By the way, Chamillionaire has to be one of the most humble, knowledgeable and creative musicians I have worked with to date. He broke me off so much knowledge in the first five minutes of us meeting.
RO: When is the first proper Lee-Lonn LP arriving?
L-L: No set date yet, but I do plan on dropping it either summer or the fall of 2012.
RO: Prognosticate: What does the rest of the year hold for Lee-Lonn?
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