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Artist: LunchMoney Lewis
Orgin: Dade County, Miami
Recently while on my stint in Los Angeles, I came across singer/songwriter Lunch Money Lewis. Lunch Money is a talented new artist based in Miami. Famed hip-hop producer Salaam Remi gave him the nickname that has stuck with him to this day. Then an aspiring rapper, Lewis worked under Remi for a few years. “Salaam liked my vibe and took me under his wing,” he explains. “One day, I was sitting with him while he was getting a haircut and he looked at me and said, ‘Yo, if I was a little chubby kid like you, I’d call myself LunchMoney.’ And he and everyone he worked with started calling me that and it just stuck. It resonated with me because I’m kind of a big kid at heart.”
Lunch has created with his primary collaborators, songwriter Jacob Kasher (AKA JKash) and producer Ricky Reed (Wallpaper), for veteran hitmaker Dr. Luke’s Kemosabe Records. Songs like first single “Bills,” “Mama,” and “Love Me Back” are some of his notable songs. Most recently he dropped a viral hit starring the famed Grandmother Baddie Winkle called “Ain’t too cool to dance”.
Take a watch below:
Lunch was raised in a musical family of Jamaican descent and grew up listening to reggae and Motown, as well as to James Brown, Marvin Gaye, Prince, and The O’Jays. His father Roger and his uncle Ian were founding members of the legendary reggae band Inner Circle, who scored a Top 10 hit with “Bad Boys” when it became the theme song to the TV show Cops. Lunch’s older brother Abebe runs Miami’s Circle House Studios, a popular recording hub for both local hip-hop artists like Pitbull, Trick Daddy, and Flo Rida as well destination studio for national acts. Lunch was a teenager when his brother took over running Circle House from Roger and Ian, and would hang out there on weekends. “Everyone knew me as ‘Abebe’s little brother who could rap,’” Lunch recalls. “Every time I’d come around, his friends, who were all producers, would be like, ‘Abebe, tell your brother to rap.’ So I started writing raps and handing them over.” Lunch caught the bug for performing himself at age 13 when he and his friend wrote a song that became a neighborhood hit. “It was called ‘Living in America,’” he says. “It was around 9/11 and we were like, ‘We’ll do a song for America!’ We had American flag bandanas, it was the worst, but looking back, it was mad funny. And all the kids in our neighborhood loved it and we became kind of like local celebrities. I thought, ‘Wow, I can do this. I can be cool. All the girls like me.
Really excited for Lunch Money Lewis. Feel free to listen to more music via Spotify below: