At just 19, Lex Luger exploded to prominence with "Hard in the Paint" and "B.M.F," immediately establishing the sound of 2010s rap and spurring a rush of producers trying to bite his dark style. Before his limelight was encroached by names like Mike Will Made It and DJ Mustard, Lex cast a wider net: incorporating samples, taking to the mic himself and clocking in unlikely collabs, like a surprisingly good mixtape with A-Trak. This weekend, he released a pack of tracks that featured a number of lesser known rappers, but are very much in line with his continued exploration of what "Trap" means in 2014. The songs retain the oppressive stomp of his earlier work, but contain the influence of younger producers that are continuing to push production forward.
June 23, 2014