Lyrically Gifted is a hip hop group with an incredible sound who has added their own style to the hip hop industry. Their mission is to present fresh material in an industry that has relied on gimmicks. Atlantic City is where the origins of L.G. began. They have released their mixtape The Dynasty which should prove to be heart thumping and mentally engaging. Their music is currently playing on online radio getting a huge following and audience. Members of Lyrically Gifted D.A.W.U. and Fahim Saadiq have performed with hip hop greats such as KRS-One, DeLa Soul and The Roots.
How did Lyrically Gifted form?
D.A.W.U: Lyrically Gifted was started by Cool T., Fahim Saadiq and myself. John Studd and Frank Nitty got down with us a little while after Cool T. was shot and killed.
What do you think needs to be done in the hip hop industry?
Fahim Saadiq: First and foremost, there needs to be more originality in hip hop. I mean there are always going to be trends, but now a days it’s like everybody jumps on whatever sound is hot. There’s not enough artists trying to create their own sound and style. Second, it’s way too much biting going on. I remember it was the ultimate taboo to be caught performing lyrics that you didn’t create. I love Snoop and Dre, but they opened the flood gates with that remake of Lodi Dodi. No disrespect intended, but that’s real talk.
Frank Nitty: We need to get more street music out there and stop trying not to offend anybody! We need to get rid of the skinny jeans and niggaz with tongue rings.
Fahim Saadiq: For Real!
Who were your influences as a hip hop artist?
Frank Nitty: The Fugees, Original Flavor, Tupac, Hieroglyphics, The Pharcyde, Jay-Z and Hugh Hefner.
John Studd: KRS-ONE, Rakim, Common, Lauren Hill, Big Daddy Kane and Wu-Tang to name a few.
Fahim Saadiq: Nas, Jay-Z, Eminem, The Lox, Tupac, Cool T., The RZA, Dr. Dre, Run-DMC, Buck Shot and Kanye West.
D.A.W.U.: KRS-ONE, Busta Rhymes, Black Moon, WU-Tang, Mobb Deep and Biggie.
What do you like about the hip hop scene of New Jersey?
Frank Nitty: The fact that we are located within 60 to 90 minutes of 2 major music markets on the east coast (Philadelphia & New York).
John Studd: It’s a hot mix of Philly, New York and a little down south.
D.A.W.U.: Not too much, niggaz are trying to sound like everybody else, afraid to be themselves.
How awesome has it been to create your mixtape The Dynasty?
Fahim Saadiq: It’s the first mixtape that we put out over the internet for free. It’s been a very fulfilling experience getting back with the family and doing what we do best. I was incarcerated for five years so I was kind of apprehensive about whether or not we could all vibe like we use to. But it was just like riding a bike and the proof is in the music.
Why do you want to be innovators in the hip hop industry?
John Studd: We don’t exactly fit in the pre-existing parameters of mainstream hip hop, so we need to make our own lane.
D.A.W.U.: We’re trying to be original and make it alright for other artists to be able to express themselves freely.
How young were you when you first wanted to start rapping?
Frank Nitty: I was about 10 or 11
Fahim Saadiq: I was 14
John Studd: 12
D.A.W.U: 8 or 9
What inspired the creation of your mixtape The Dynasty?
Fahim Saadiq: We all have solo projects that we are trying to promote and we felt that a free mixtape featuring all of us would be a good and efficient way to promote all of us and our separate projects.
D.A.W.U: To get us all back together again and get our names out there and to keep us off those streets!
What are your long term goals in hip hop?
Frank Nitty: To get paid and be remembered as legends in the game! I want to start a movement and get these young cats on some real hip hop! I plan on winning (in my Charlie Sheen voice).
D.A.W.U: We want our own label.
What separates your group from other hip hop groups?
Fahim Saadiq: Originality and real talent!
Frank Nitty: Our music and our energy in the studio. Other groups sound like they put their music together just to sound like everybody else.
John Studd: A lot of artists sing and rap but none have really mastered both until now. Real singing vocals, not just holding a note, mixed with the polished skills of a true MC.
Why should hip hop fans listen to your mixtape The Dynasty?
Frank Nitty: They should listen to it because it’s some hot authentic shit! It’s real and it ain’t that apple a day type shit. It’s been a long time coming. We had so much to say in the past that we didn’t get to say.
D.A.W.U.: Because it’s real hip hop! Because we trying to bring real hip hop back to the fore front of the industry.