Review by: Justyn W. Brodsky
Hip Hop fans know that the underground is where the magic is truly made. We get the perfect reminder of exactly that with Lou Anthony‘s newest smash single “Ring Fingers”.
Lou comes out swinging on this track with a classic Hip Hop signature sound that parallels perfectly with today’s mainstream sensibility. His mid-ranged vocal tones deliver up witty rhyming skills, dynamic lyrical narratives and a raw style that touches on equal parts originality and familiarity. It gives his audience a taste of something fresh yet still identifiable and relatable.
With clever punchlines in every bar and measure, the song’s beat is very crafty and ominously eclectic. It’s the type of track that you can come back to time and time again, and you’ll never get sick of it. Delving into the production value, the song’s more simple side showcases Lou‘s insatiable knack for his wordsmithy approach, as well as his multifaceted flow that resonates perfectly with the song structure. It’s a great direction for Hop Hop and offers up several classic components while also diving into innovative ideas.
“Ring Fingers” is also a track that really has balance and composure. It doesn’t succumb to one trick pony methods or any kind of post production theatrics to distract you from anything lacking in the lyrical forefront. The lyricism is very versatile as it also is visceral if you really pay attention to the methodical rhyming schemes Lou utilizes throughout this song’s duration. It’s a song for true Hip Hop lovers that really like to delve into an artist beyond the surface.
But the best part is the likability factors of this song. It’s a track that will entice you to research more into the artist’s discography, as well as keep your eyes open for future prospects. If you don’t know Lou Anthony yet, and want the most effective impression of him, then “Ring Fingers” will rock your world. It may be your first time listening to Lou Anthony, but certainly won’t be the last. You’ll be hooked on this banger.
Lou Anthony will be releasing his album SELF: Something Everyone Looks For this summer in 2019, and will be available in stores as well as digital music retailers and streaming platforms.
A brief interview with Lou Anthony:
What got you started on your music?
I’ve always been a creative [person] from the time I was a kid. One thing in particular that I did well early was drawing. That was a deep passion of mine, still to this day, but it was my outlet for a really long time until I became more influenced by the art of music. So that creativity and artistry was always there, it’s just evolving into different things.
Who are your biggest musical influences and why?
I owe a lot of respect and acknowledgement to Tupac Shakur, first and foremost for being my BIGGEST inspiration. Whether it’s music or just being a man and handling yours, Pac is always someone who’s inspired me. J. Cole & CyHi the Prynce had huge influences on me in high school, and Tory Lanez now, too. But also the immortals like Erykah Badu, Mos Def, & Luther Vandross.
What was your worst and best show?
I did a show at the TLA Theater in Philly in ’13. Probably my worst show [LOL]. I performed a new song that I wasn’t all-the-way comfortable with yet and I forgot some of my lyrics. Nobody booed or anything but I was still embarrassed. It happens. My best show hasn’t happened yet, though. Tom Brady told me that his favorite championship is the next one. The work is never done so don’t dwell, work harder.
What’s your personal message as an artist?
I’m me. And I’m unapologetic about it. I’m letting people know that I see my flaws and insecurities, and instead of hiding them and being sensitive about them, I embrace them. For example, I’m a grown man who’s very tiny in stature. That bothered me all my life until I realized I couldn’t change who I am. I didn’t need to, and later I didn’t want to. That’s why shxt doesn’t bother me. I don’t give a fxck what people think. So I’m about being real and being righteous in the truest sense of the terms.
What is this newest release about?
‘Ring Fingers‘ is a record I did with Baxhan. Shout out to Baxhan by the way. I loved where he took the instrumental and I just wrote what I felt it needed. The song is about cheating mistresses and stuff like that [LOL]. The concept is much deeper than the surface so you have to really listen to it. So I won’t say much more about it other than the fact that I think fans will love it.
Pick three artists you compare yourself to
I try not to do that [LOL]. I do, however, hear people compare my sounds to J. Cole, Bryson Tiller, and even Nas early on. I just pride myself on being original, and kind of separating myself from what others are doing. I definitely get inspired by them but I try to stay unique to me. They can’t be me, I can’t be them.
What’re your plans for 2019?
My album ‘SELF: Something Everyone Looks For‘ in stores Summer ’19! I’m looking forward to blessings!
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