I just wanna have people feel what I’m saying, and get my message, while delivering a project with a high production value.
Challenging the notion that happiness is unobtainable without money, L.A.Z has put together quite an outing with this E.P.
As always, I spoke with him to get the scoop on this one and what motivated him to put out something like this.
Prox: Tell us about the new project. What inspired you to drop a solo project and what’s the meaning of the title, No Paperwork?
L.A.Z: The new project was inspired by my homies in Clear Soul Forces. I was kind of reluctant to make a solo record mainly because I didn’t think it was time for us to go that route. But simply put, the title, No Paperwork translates to “no money.” And a lack of money supposedly equals a lack of happiness, which is a notion that I wanted to challenge.
Prox: Lyrically, what are you trying to accomplish with this one? Were you inspired by any other artists or albums?
L.A.Z: I just wanna have people feel what I’m saying, and get my message, while delivering a project with a high production value. Conceptually, “struggle rap" ain't nothin’ new, but I wanted to add my two cents to the pot, no pun intended.
I want folks to be able to picture what I’m saying like when I used to listen to the Clipse first album Lord Willin’ or Mos Def. I want to paint the picture of what's going on in my life at that moment. But I did my best to block out a lot of my influences because I didn’t want the impact of their music to seep into the project.
Prox: Who did you select for your production team for this release? What did you feel that they could bring to the table to take this project to the next level?
L.A.Z: First and foremost, I reached out to my man Macvillain to engineer the project because I’m clueless in that regard. I wanted a good clean mix, and I knew he was up to task. As far as production goes—I don't really know how to explain the beat selecting process—I just knew the mood I was going for, and just let the rest sort itself out by keeping my ears and mind open to various soundscapes.
Prox: I saw that you traveled around quite a bit during the production of this one. How did staying on the move influence the sound of the EP?
L.A.Z: If you always at the crib sitting still, you’re gonna limit yourself in the discovery process. You need to stay on the move—that’s what helps keep my ideas fresh, and gives me new perspective.
I actually got to see Cali, NYC, Atlanta, Chicago and all that during the time I was working on this project.
I think it just kept me levelheaded—I was dealing with a lot of personal challenges at the time, and staying on the move helped.
Prox: Could you shoutout some new cats you’ve been listening to since our last interview?
Prox: What’s next for you? Anymore releases on the horizon?
Prox: Final thoughts?
L.A.Z: Follow me on social media…and shoot me a text too, I love to chop it up with the fans (313) 263-5301 #MikeJones #Who
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