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NC Hip Hop Lyricist Maurice Lydell Talks Def Jam

Updated: Oct 3, 2019

For some of you haven't caught on to this dope lyricist named Maurice Lydell, who hails from Kingsbay, GA. Ya'll late! After bursting on the urban scene in 2017, Maurice has been consistently creating a strong buzz on the internet and throughout the Carolina's.

He has gained notoriety from a freestyle video he posted on Facebook. He free styled the classics by Mobb Deep "Quiet Storm" and "Dead Wrong" by Biggie Smalls. Since then, he's performed numerous shows, freestyle cypher ( Hosted By DJ Self) and recently met with Def Jam Recordings.

Most recently, this aspiring artist released his latest album ‘Camry Flows', which is now available for purchase on Spotify, Itunes, Tidal and Google Play.

PRESSED: For our readers who have never heard of Maurice Lydell , describe the artist, Maurice Lydell and who or what inspired you to chase the dream?

ML: Maurice Lydell is a 22 year old, socially conscious rapper from Fredericksburg, VA. And I got inspired to take rap serious by going through the trials and tribulations of life. Music was my outlet.

PRESSED: Explain your style of music.

ML: Socially conscious, but with a bit of soul. Something you can dance too and think at the same time.

PRESSED: Is there anything about your creative process that separates you from another upcoming artist?

ML: Art of Rap. I might be one of the few left who appreciate the art. Finding the sweet spot in the beat, and throwing different rhyming patterns on top.

PRESSED: Who’s your biggest influence when it comes to making music?

ML: I listen to any rapper who ever rapped. Ranges from Biggie Smalls, to J.Cole, to Lil Wayne, Cyhi The Prince, Nas, etc.

PRESSED: Most recently, you dropped your album Camry Flows. What inspired the title?

ML: Camry Flows, I drive a 97 Toyota Camry. I’m on the road quite a bit chasing this dream, and my thoughts race as I’m on the highway. I contemplate life, brainstorm, all in those car rides.

PRESSED: Would you say that you have a favorite track on the album? I’m loving Win, N.I.G.G.E.R, and Letter To Lori.

ML: Favorite track is Letter To Lori. Very personal to me. And What You Need also.

PRESSED: What do you want people to get from your music?

ML: Knowledge. A better understanding of what goes on in society. While getting their groove on!!!!

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