Queens get the money! If the majority of Brooklyn can be considered hipsters, Manhattan is for upper class elites, and the Bronx is the roughest, then Queens is the illest. Queens is the melting pot for everything from more than 400 languages spoken, outstanding food selections to incredible artwork. Meyhem Lauren reigns from the QU and has made tremendous strides in New York and beyond.
New York really groomed Lauren for the global stage. His grounded upbringing within many different sectors of his hometown firmly cemented him as an authentic figure in the hip-hop hemisphere. Before he began rapping he performed an everlasting form of New York art – – graffiti. Today, the consequences and repercussions associated with graffiti are much greater. Lauren started his graf squad the Smart Crew in his teens, however, it was something that was much more common. Lauren observed graffiti in every way possible, studied the medium deeply and participated to the fullest. It takes a certain type of skill and visionary element to become a renown graffiti artist. Lauren took full advantage of his opportunities.
Queens is the largest borough with the most diverse ethnic enclaves spread throughout. This type of environment often breeds a lot of dope individuals who express themselves brilliantly. The crazy thing is, New York is so densely populated that you have to partake in all the right activities and have immaculate timing to get noticed by the masses. To gain a core following you must first be unique and have the ability to differentiate yourself from the all the other artists within your genre. Also, it is vital to know the right people and make moves.
Last of a dying breed
Lauren first broke out onto the rap scene when he appeared on a J-Love (Ghostface Killah’s tour DJ) mixtape. His first performance was at an industrial venue called, “Fun Factory” which eventually became, “Five Points,” a graffiti monument. Not many were familiar with Meyhem at first and his performances seemed out of place due to the fact that they occurred in the middle of waves. Although, it is worth noting that, over time, Lauren has become an extremely influential artist. Reason being, he represents a brand of hip-hop that is not often seen nor heard. His husky, marblemouth flow evokes memories of the golden age of the genre and represents a resurgence. As a type of artist that is going extinct, it is paramount that he is appreciated while still breathing. As a premium emcee, he has a terrific vision for his place within the game and executes his strategy with laser-like precision.Lauren has clear cut confidence but does not view himself as greater than anyone else. As just a regular Queens cat, he plays his part. This is the reason why he appeals to so many people. It also helps that he is friends with legendary hip-hop figures such as DJ Muggs (Cypress Hill) Alchemist, Action Bronson* and Roc Marciano. Together as frequent collaborators all of these extraordinary artists and producers bring out the most positive qualities within each other.
Most of the producers that Meyhem works with make beats that suit his music style very well. Originally, Lauren was very aggressive and would try to “murder” every beat he came across. Throughout the process, he grew as an artist and transitioned to have many stylistic tendencies. Effortlessly with flavor and pizazz, Lauren elegantly walks across water while gracing the mic. Making a project has become a cohesive, adventurous journey filled with passionate twists and turns much like a labor of love. There is no expiration date on music that is timeless.
Currently, Meyhem is apart of The Outdoorsmen collective and is good in any part of New York. As a street savvy wordsmith he is uncut, multidimensional and very intelligent. He has quietly carved a gigantic space for himself by abiding by the code and devouring any beat put in front of him. His expertise has proven scholarly and his steadfast spitting has led to extensive ends. What truly separates this artist is the fact that he has been putting out quality content for years and consistently continues to do so without falling off. By continuously releasing high caliber output in the age of short attention spans, he maintains the attention of those who appreciate lyricism. Couple that with the fact that he rhymes over beats made by some of the hardest working men in the universe (Alchemist, Harry Fraud) and you have an incredibly fly combination.
Best version of self
Lauren has gotten to where he is at mostly because of his work ethic. But without extremely talented beings around him who push him to elevate his game and giving him the utmost examples through leadership, he might not be at the level he is at today.
Lauren makes an immediate and everlasting impact through hip-hop. He graciously imparts wisdom and provides listeners with classically ill tunes. As a versatile hybrid, he never disobeys the covenant of rhyme and is a truly gifted person with a penchant for painting pictures with crystal clarity.