LuKing is a promising up-n-coming artist out of New York with a fresh new vibe. He shows his versality in his music by mixing R&B with Hip-Hop elements while still showcasing his lyricism. Most recently, he has dropped his latest single “Dotted Line” accompanied by a cinematic music video. Get familiar with LuKing!
Before we get into it, how are you feeling today? How is life treating you?
What’s going on? Everything is great right now, just been steady grinding.
How long have you been making music and who are some of the artists that inspired you to want to make music growing up?
I’ve been making music seriously for about 3 years now. Before that I was just trying to hone my sound, still am actually. Every time I go in the studio I feel I grow as an artist. I’m honestly inspired from what I grew up listening to: Hip-Hop & RnB. From Jay-Z, Nas, Biggie, Pac, Usher, Mario, Chris Brown, D’Angelo, Musiq Soulchild etc. But also newer artist like Drake, J.Cole, Kendrick Lamar, Future and Young Thug.
How did you get your rap name LuKing?
People from my area would call me “Lu”, which is an abbreviation for my birth name “Oluwa”, which means Our Lord in Nigerian. The “King” part of stems from just our ancestors. I feel I was born a king and the people who raised me are royalty.
You just released your official single and video titled “Dotted Line”, what is it about?
The concept of the video was to portray a real life situation of being in a dead-end relationship but then another female comes into your life and opens your eyes to what could be.
Is the song featured on an upcoming project of yours? What can we expect from it?
Right now, I’m just dropping singles, along with some visuals so I could continue to build a buzz and gain fans.
What is your label situation looking like?
I’m independent and working on my own imprint. Ownership is key!
How would you describe your musical sound?
My sound is melodic with a mixture of lyricism. Like melodic trap. I want to be considered an artist, not just a rapper.
Let’s now focus on your overall swagger. As far as style, delivery and appearance what do you bring to the table?
My style is just me. I don’t try to copy trends, I want to start the trend. I like different pieces from different designers but it’s really how you wear it. I like to experiment with different fabrics and materials and make it into LuKing.
Musically, who do you look up to? Who’s that one recording artist and/or mogul you look up to and say, “I want a solo career similar to his?”
I really look up to Jay-Z as a mogul because of where he came from and everything he has done. He really set the blueprint for artists. He went from street dude to business man and I feel I could do the same.
What is your opinion about the music industry? What would you chance if you could?
I feel like the music Industry is a cut throat industry and very competitive. I feel like sometimes they take advantage of artists so you have to be careful. One thing I would change is I feel like the label heads and execs should be people who could relate to the artists or actually be artists themselves.
Finally, is there anything else you would like to share with our readers?
Definitely! To everybody out there, follow your dreams and never listen to the haters. Be you!
Where can people find you online?
I’m on all socials like Instagram, Twitter etc. as “LukingOfficial” and you could search my music on Apple Music, Spotify, Tidal etc. as LuKing.