Exploding out of the Northwest, Lebowski is beginning to shape quite the impressive career for himself. Young and hungry, the tongue twisting MC possesses the hustle of a veteran in the rap game, and has built a reputation as a chopper in his own right. An appearance on “Beat You Up” from Tech N9ne’s Killer gave Lebowski his first break at national fame, and ever since then, he has taken advantage of every outlet available.
His recent appearance on “Give It Up” from Best Buy’s Deluxe Edition of All 6’s And 7’s marks his second round with the Kansas City King, but as the world is finding out, Lebowski is far from finished with his goal of becoming the next independent giant.
Having missed out on Bad Season, “Give It Up” was a chance at redemption for Lebowski, who also felt the pressure coming into the collaborative effort:
“I was supposed to be on the Bad Season mixtape, but Tech N9ne had to hurry up and rush it for Christmas. I was supposed to be on that, it was right around then. He had actually spoken to me and my mom, and told me that he wanted me to get on one or two tracks on Bad Season. Unfortunately due to time and everything, I wasn’t able to do it. From there, I talked to Tech and he was like, ‘Yeah man, my bad. I wasn’t able to get you on the Bad Season mixtape and everything, I had to pump it out for Christmas. But I’m definitely going to get you on All 6’s And 7’s.’ I was like, ‘Alright, fo sho.’ I was 19 back when I did the ‘Beat You Up’ track. It was definitely more pressure just because the fact that Lil Wayne is on there, you know, and it’s Tech’s biggest album. It’s highly anticipated, there was a lot of pressure. I was like, ‘Man, you want me on this album?’ You know, I was like, ‘I’ma do the track and I’ma give some fire,’ but I was like man I gotta really go hard because a lot of big names is going to be on this album.”
Watching All 6’s And 7’s reach the top 5 on Billboard, Lebowski expressed:
“I didn’t even know what the first week sales was going to be like. When I found out, like man…I was trippin out, I’m not even going to lie, I was wigging out. Just for the simple fact that , man beating Lady Gaga in less than 24, man that’s crazy. I was keeping up to date with iTunes and stuff like that, so I would watch on iTunes. Like when it dropped at twelve o clock, and he was immediately #9, you know. Then the next morning when I woke up, it was #3. I was like, ‘What?!’ Then right down the line, it started being the #1 independent rap selling album. I feel like I’m blessed to be a part of it. It’s actually motivational. In the future of course, where Tech’s at, is where I would love to be. For me to be the only artist from Washington state that is on two albums with the #1 independent selling artist in the world, and the #1 selling rap album in the U.S. right now, It’s a hella accomplishment to come from where I came from. I’m so humble, I’m not arrogant.”
Trading bars with Ces Cru and Tech N9ne on “Give It Up” was everything Lebowski thought it would be. Even so, he reflects on on another track that he wishes he could have been a part of:
“‘Delusional’, that’s my favorite song off the album. You know what, I would have loved to be on ‘Worldwide Choppers’, my best friend Twisted Insane is on there, you know what I’m saying. I would have loved to have been on ‘Worldwide Choppers’. I think I would have served it on that song. ‘Delusional’, that song is just, it talks about pretty much everything that has to do with Tech and his music career. It’s just so real, it’s 100% feelings in that song. It’s something that everybody can relate to. I can relate to it because I go through a lot of problems, so that’s why that’s my favorite track off the album.
The success of All 6’s And 7’s has placed Lebowski in a position that most MCs could only hope for. Thanks to the stellar performance, he now looks to the future with confidence:
“Actually, when I did this record, when I did ‘Give It Up’ for Tech N9ne, they actually played my verse for one of the executives or XXL staff, and MTV staff just happened to be in the studio with Tech N9ne, along with Travis O’Guin and Korey Lloyd when they heard my voice. Immediately Tech N9ne called my phone and he was bragging to everybody, hes’ like, ‘Man, I’ma get you on the next Collabos.’ He said he’s putting out another collabos, called Strangeland, and he wants me to do two tracks off there. It’s real big.”
Fans can expect to hear more from Lebowski as he prepares to release a brand new solo album, No Lies Needed, with a pending release date. For now, Lebowski can be heard on “Give It Up”, an exclusive bonus track only available on the Best Buy Deluxe Edition of All 6’s And 7’s.
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Have you heard “Give It Up” from Best Buy’s Deluxe Edition of All 6’s And 7’s? What did you think of Lebowski’s appearance?