Dallas emcee Lejend presents the Tahiti-directed music video for “The Quote”, his new single produced by J.Lew. “The Quote” is a leadup to Ears & Eyes To The World, Lejend’s collaborative album with Nashville producer M. Slago set to feature Carlitta Durand, Buffalo Black and Verbal Seed. Lejend has collaborated with Opio of Souls Of Mischief (listen to “Have”) and Count Bass D (listen toThe Great Truth) since Unconditional, his 2005 debut project. He has shared stages with Donwill of Tanya Morgan, Ras Kass, Killah Priest, Rhymefest and Kidz In The Hall. “I wanted to display lyricism because it’s a missing element these days,” Lejend says about the new single. “I also wanted to speak on my current struggles and challenges and my attitude and approach to those issues, and let listeners know I have solutions for problems and that is what society is lacking currently. I want to make statements with my music. I heard the beat from J.Lew and it came together organically. When we started conceptualizing the video, we wanted something street level and raw representing the everyday gritty struggle of the common folks.” Ears & Eyes To The World drops fall in conjunction with his new T-shirt line Natural Selection.
What’s your experience with the Northern California hiphop scene? Have you performed up here? Have any favorite local artists?
I was actually a part of a tour in 2008 . We went through North Cal. I am a huge fan of Cali Hip Hop in general. I am working on a project with Architect and he is based in Oakland. I have also worked with Opio as well. Living Legends are some of my fave and I think Locksmith is an extremely dope lyricist.
Texas is not a region generally considered when thinking about underground hiphop hotbeds. What’s it like being a lyrical rapper out there?
It’s tough but I have been able to cultivated a small following and it continues to grow. I think there are people you appreciate the type of music I make. I had the pleasure to perform all over Texas and always received love.
You’ve said you want to make statements with your music. What is the main message you’re trying to communicate?
My main message is take time to understand people and what they are going through. We live in an age of minimal human contact and need to connect and music is a powerful tool. There are many messages and I will continue to break down those as I release new music.
What’s behind the title of your album Ears & Eyes To The World?
It’s a self-reflecting piece. We move so fast and at times we fail to notice the beauty. Once I took time to “open” my ears and eyes, I saw my son growing into a teenage and police brutality seems to be a rising issue. I want everyone to do the same and see how we can better our neighborhoods and communities through a pro-active approach and continued dialogue.
What’s your favorite line you’ve ever written and why?
I think one of my dopest lines was “iced-out thoughts on psychological chains”. It has multiple meaning. The pursuit of riches can override our better judgment. The psychological chains of slavery still exist, I do believe. It also means my thoughts are brilliant regardless of any trauma. I have many dope lyrics with layers and I pray fans will take time to understand my logic.