Lex Luger ‘Lex Luger Experience: The Tour Vol. 1’
The Godfather of modern is back with an instrumental tape
Musical innovation is slow and indebted to the forefathers of genre, built up incrementally over generations. Rarely does an artist come out seemingly independent of influence, with a radically new style and leveling the game completely. Such was the case with Lux Luger, largely regarded as the pioneer of modern trap music and its proliferation into the mainstream. Early work on Flockaveli set the tone for the hi-hat heavy, booming bass production that would define new ATL, become adopted by Chicago drill, and turn into an international EDM movement. Since 2012, Lex Luger’s been almost reclusive in his output. While the sounds of 808 Mafia—the group Luger co-founded with fellow Atlanta-based producer Southside—are running the rap game, the OG has taken a backseat.
With the release of Lex Luger Experience, Luger reasserts himself in the game with a fully-loaded instrumental tape. The cover art harks back to the late-aughts mixtape era, and from the moment the arpeggiating synth drops hit, you know you’re back in the Lugerverse. Luger was never one to really make instrumental hip hop that sounded complete without rapping, but that’s exactly the skill he’s honed over these past years. The atmosphere and texture that made his beats so unique are now refigured for equally detailed instrumentals. Four tracks feature collaboration from Kino Beatz, Luger’s current touring partner.
While 808-and-kick bedroom producers have become a cliché, it takes another kind of talent to be able to sequence progression over a full project. Luger’s done just that.