A Hip-Hop Every Man, L.T.Z., who will be performing a free show at the Norman Music Festival, speaks with me in this performer question and answer session. L.T.Z. will perform at the Fowler Toyota Main Stage on Saturday, April 23, 2016 at 12:00 PM. Since this is the ninth year for the festival, here are nine questions to get to know Tony LeSure.
1. To get people to know you, how would you describe yourself and your music?
I believe my music is an updated version of A Tribe Called Quest. I don’t like comparisons too much. But I KNOW they had/have a HUGE influence on me. I’m a hip-hop every man. My people who enjoy my music enjoy find a representation of themselves in the music.
2. What song would you like a person who hasn’t heard your music listen to first?
If I had to pick a song, it’s be “73120 (TheGood)” The person that is my constant in my music, Chips, made the beat & put the scratches on it. It has snippet of a Spike Lee movie. Jazzy sample. & I of course tell a story of summer 2005.
3. What’s your song writing process?
“I don’t write the lyrics down. I’m no “genius.” Watching “Behind the Music,” I learned Jay Z & Biggie didn’t write lyrics down. I wanted to be like them so I did it that way.”I don’t write the lyrics down. I’m no “genius.” Watching “Behind the Music,” I learned Jay Z & Biggie didn’t write lyrics down. I wanted to be like them so I did it that way. I know if I like a beat after about a minute of play. Ideally I’ll receive a beat via email & start mumbling around the house. Ideas come together. I say it over & over until it’s memorized. If I have to say 4 lines, I’ll say them. Then those are memorized, I move on to the next. I hope that wasn’t a roller coaster & I answer the question.
4. What are your thoughts on the Norman Music Festival?
I love Norman Music Festival. It’s very dope to have something like this happening in the state that you live in. Jabee was gracious enough to let me follow him & be his hype man the years I didn’t make the cut. He made me feel like I was the star. I’ve submitted about 6 times & here it is the 4th time I’ve made it, I’m on the MAIN STAGE!
5. In general, what inspires you?
My actual life. My family. Spike Lee movies. The NorthSide of Oklahoma City. My religious faith. ’80s-early 2000s basketball. Shoes. I tend to include these things in my music A LOT.
6. You’ve just been offered an all expenses paid trip. Where would you go?
Somewhere in Africa or Egypt. Somewhere, where the beauty can’t be captured by my phone, so I leave it at the hotel & enjoy my time.
7. Any plans while you’re in the Norman area?
I plan on enjoying all the amazing acts in Norman. S. Reidy. Big WoRm. Bowlsey, who I’m a HUGE fan of. Jabee OF COURSE. Grand National. Harpa. Denver Duncan. Frank Black, who’s doing ALL NEW SONGS, I heard.
I’m also printing up shirts for the occasion. Maybe do a scavenger hunt for the a NorthSide Natives Pack. (It includes 2 shirts, a physical copy of Single’s Awareness Day II & a download code to a NEW UNRELEASED song! I haven’t fully figured it out.)
8. Anything else you want the public to know about you?
I don’t like long walks on the beach because I can’t swim & sand is hard to wash off. I have a HUGE idea for my next album. So I’m looking for a choir that’ll help. I’m currently doing a group project with Chips, Beetyman & Frank Black under the name “DMNDCRKS” which will release in September.
9. What do you think should be the Ninth Wonder of the World?
The 9th Wonder of the world produces for Jamala & has a dope project with Murs.
I don’t know. Women are most likely the 9th wonder of the world. They have the kids, deal with more than I can fathom & still manage to be a glimpse of heaven.