By Malcolm Strong Friday, December 30th, 2011
A chart-topping prodigy from Virginia, Lexus Amel Lewis--better known as superproducer Lex Lugar--is only 20 years old and already has compiled a production discography to rival the most seasoned veterans in hip hop. Luger has only been active in the mainstream since 2008, but since his earlest productions for rapper Waka Flocka Flame, he has been an in-demand beatsmith.
In 2011 alone, Luger's productions were featured on albums and mixtures by Young Jeezy, Gucci Mane, Snoop Dogg, Game and Kanye West and Jay-Z's Watch the Throne album. He's been featured in XXL and Complex magazine, and counts West as one of his musical mentors.
"I sent him the track out," Luger said of working with Kanye. "He did what he did to it, still I didn’t hear the song. I couldn’t hear it until everyone else heard it. Working with Kanye was crazy."
Despite his seemingly-overnight success, Luger says that he's learned to not allow complacency to creep in. He's adamant about trying new ideas. "Don’t get stuck in the same sound or the same style," he said in an interview. "Always keep going, and keep something new.”