By Jack Barnes
Rising Mississippi rapper Lil Lonnie might look young, but he has the self-assurance and confidence on the mic of a veteran. With a strong sense of melody and a radio-ready autotune tone, the 20-year-old Jackson-native could be the next star to explode out of the South. Today, Lil Lonnie announces his latest project TKWGO 2, the sequel to last year’s underground hit They Know What’s Goin’ On, which was the top-downloaded independent mixtape on LiveMixtapes in 2015. In late 2015, Lil Lonnie released “Colors,” a melodic anthem that has racked up over 1.5 million views on YouTube. Earlier in 2016, Lil Lonnie collaborated with K. Camp on single-life banger “Special,” which has over 72,000 streams on Soundcloud. Enjoy this audio stream below after the jump.
Lil Lonnie was born and raised in the crime-ridden Virden Additon region of Jackson, MS, but he never got involved with gangs. “I wasn’t a bad kid,” Lil Lonnie admits, “I was a class clown.” The youngest of five children, Lonnie was raised by a single father who taught his children the value of a work ethic. “My mother passed when I was 5 years old,” explains Lil Lonnie, “My dad raised me. He was a carpenter, he had his own business. He taught me how to construct my own business and motivated me to work for my own self.” Lonnie dove headfirst into music when he entered high school, starting his Hip-Hop career as a producer. After gaining some statewide attention as a producer in his high school years, Lil Lonnie released his breakthrough single, “I’m The Type,” which opened the doors to local radio and club shows.
Today, Lil Lonnie connects with R&B star Bryson Tiller and producer Big Fruit (Yo Gotti’s “Law”) for “Change Up,” a skeletal kick-drum driven trap banger about staying true to your day ones after getting money. Premiered today by Billboard, the track displays Lonnie’s impressive musicality and melodicism, which meshes perfectly with Bryson Tiller’s T R A P S O U L. Lil Lonnie’s TKWGO 2 releases on June 6th.
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