Lyrical Talent

Lyrical Talent

The futuristic trapper Lyrical Talent is back at it again with a new set of music. The 23-year-old emcee from Shelby, NC, has really stepped his game up this time around and bestows honor on his name with his latest mixtape titled #Apriljewels.

L.T. displays his lyrical versatility with tracks overshadowed by themes of paper chasing, twerking, self-reflection and being jocked by haters while still providing profanity free, danceable/radio friendly tunes laced with his signature ad lib “ghaa.”

On party anthems like “Hammin,” and “Thicker,” Shelby’s own displays an energetic rhyme delivery armed by exceptional wordplay while accompanied by phenomenal production that helps bring these club bangers to life. L.T. definitely exercises the ability to keep listeners captivated. Although, heavily influenced by Bone Thugs-N-Harmony, the late Tupac Shakur, T.I. and Twista, L.T. puts no limit on the style of his lyrical flow.

Just when you are about ready to write this EP off as a simplistic party joint, L.T. flips the script on the Raydo produced, “Big Boss Freestyle,” number six on the #Apriljewels mixtape. The track showcases L.T.’s lyrical expertise at its best as L.T. brags aggressively about how gifted he is on the mic, “Demon styled flow you could say I’m spitting rather hellish.”

On the SB Beats’ produced “It’s On,” L.T. spits over a mellow beat, talking to both the ladies and gents. Between L.T.’s quick-tongued, semi melodic rhyme delivery and SB Beats’ production, the track is reminiscent of that 90ish west coast meets mid-west vibe. Despite a lack of clarity at certain points throughout the track, you still can’t help but waive your hands from side to side on this one. Proving to be a stranger to repetition, L.T. flips the script once again, this time donning the hat of the storyteller on “Fedz Wife,” a track about betrayal.

L.T.’s versatility, ability to move a young crowd and drop lyrical jewels to whomever wishes to collect them, is definitely present on this mixtape despite a couple of filler tracks suffering from underdeveloped concepts. The fact that L.T. refrains from the use of profanities or the n-word in his flow is what sets him apart from majority of his peers who cease to stray away from the norm deeming #Apriljewels to be a clean, fun, refreshing EP suitable for adolescents and their parents alike.

-Monifa O. Barker

“I’m not just a rapper, when you see me know that you’re tuning into Lyrical Television. You gotta see this!” Says the nine times freestyle champion of 102 Jams Radio, Lyrical Talent. Born and raised in Shelby, NC, Lyrical Talent credits Tupac Shakur, T.I., Twista and Bone Thugs-N-
Harmony, as influences for his lyrical style. During a phone interview the 23-year-old prodigy spills the beans about his carefree logic, lyrical talent and on what else is in store.
Photo Credit: Lyrical Talent
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Q: What is lyrical television?

A: The ups, downs, highs, lows, conflicts and resolutions of this drug that is the music industry through my eyes. I hold the camera so you can see everything through my eyes. Everybody has a camera on them but I don’t know any artist that can actually “hold the camera.”

Q: How do you classify yourself as a rapper?

A: Carefree logic, concept rap, not necessarily just conscience rap, club bangers or commercial music. My flow is a beautiful blend of all three that creates carefree logic.

Q: What is carefree logic and how do you define it?

A: This is a drug, my music is a drug. People listen to music anywhere, in their car, clubs, home, supermarket. Some people can’t go anywhere without their music. People have the option to do what they want with this drug when I give it to them, they can take it, throw it away, use it, sell it or they can buy more, which is what I hope that they will do.

Q: What do have to say to children who are fans of your music?

A: Stay positive and do the right thing. Artist should take more responsibility in what they put out, ’cause the children are our future.

Q: How did you get started in the game as a rapper and when did you decide to declare rapping as a profession?

A: I started reciting rhymes by Tupac, Jay-Z, Bone Thugs-N-Harmony and Twista from the age of six. My boy had a make shift studio in his basement and everyone was in the basement freestyling. Everybody was like ‘touch the mic’ so I did. It felt natural and everyone said I had the best rhyme out of the four of us. From that point, I wanted to just write rhymes but  I was better at freestyling. So I would freestyle and just write it down, that helped everything flow naturally.

Q: How did you come across the opportunity to freestyle on 102 jamz?

A: My mentor introduced me to Waleed Coyote, head DJ and president of the Slip And Slide DJs. He took a liking to my music and personality, as far as how I presented myself. I asked Coyote about the “Making The Station” freestyle battles. He asked me if I was ready to freestyle live on air and I said ‘yes I am’. I was actually was unprepared but I couldn’t let such a great opportunity pass me by. I went up against the three month champion that night and won.

Q: Where can everyone find your music?

A: Reverbnation is the best place to find Lyrical Talent’s music videos, blogs, pictures, press releases, and fan videos. Check out my latest mixed tape “Media Frenzy” on

Q: What’s next for L.T or Lyrical Television? When can we expect your next mixed tape?

A: As far as lyrical television look out for upcoming exclusive video editions. The upcoming tour is coming to a city near you. My next mixed tape “Ladies Only” is due to drop this Wednesday February 13.

-Monifa O.Barker