Elliot Montanez
Elliot Montanez
22 Jul 2017

Luke Almighty is one of the best producers coming out of the city, you just don’t know it yet. Even I was unaware until a few months ago, but then I started realizing that every time I heard a song that he worked on, it was always a banger. He has been responsible for lacing artists such as Adot, Freako, Duffle Bag Buru, Pollari, Supa Bwe, Roo$ki, Monster Mike, Warhol and more with some of the best instrumentals that they have rapped on. Although you might not be familiar with the young creative just yet, I assure you that he is only a couple years away from being considered one of the best producers from Chicago. Take a few minutes of your time to learn a thing or two about him below, and be sure to keep up with his movement by giving him a follow here!

 

 

EM: Before we dive into the questions, give our readers who may not be familiar with you a brief introduction of yourself.

LA: So I’m From Aurora, Illinois. Born and raised. Since I was young I was also really into Music. My parents always made sure I knew who I was listening to when they would play their music. And once I got older that just manifested. I would always seek out new bands, artists, and groups through the Internet. Even now I’m constantly seeking new artists and talent. I think that’s why I’ve been able to have a diverse catalog and work with so many different people, because I’m a music lover myself and I reach out to people I listen to. I’ve been making beats for about 8 years now and not until the past year did I really start to get recognition and more credits. I really just seek out to work with people who have a unique sound and compliment that the best way I can. My goal is to just really be a wide spread name and not just box my self in to one lane or movement.

EM: What is your earliest memory of music?

LA: My earliest memory of music in general is definitely what my parents would play so from my dad I would say more classic rock like the doors, the ramones, the who, jimi Hendrix, & so on. And from my mom I heard a lot of oldies like Minnie ripperton and the chi lites. Even a lot of Michael Jackson. So I kind of had a lot of different genres to be influenced from the jump . But once I was old enough to seek out music on my own I remember the first CDs I ever bought were 50 cents The Massacre & Ludacris’ Red Light District. Those two albums did a lot for me as far as falling in love with hip hop. From there on it was over with

EM: When did you first start making beats? Who or what inspired you to start?

LA: Well when I was a freshman in high school me and my friends were apart of a jerk crew, not sure if u were familiar with the dance movement. But after doing that for a while one of the guys in the crew introduced me to FL Studio. He didn’t know how to use it but he wanted to rap so we were kinda putting 2 and 2 together and figure I would make the beats we feature in the videos instead of other people’s songs. And after the movement somewhat died we all kind of went our separate ways but I stuck with a FL studio becuase I was just so intregued by making my own music and just having unlimited options on where you could take the beat. So I started make trap beats since that was mostly what I listened to at the time. A lot of Gucci & Waka. I just always remember not only loving their music but the beats that they used. And once I caught on to who southside and lex Luger were I started to see what a producer could bring to the table.

So my inspiration really comes from everything I listen to. I feel that’s why my sound is unique because I don’t have just one style. Beat by beat there’s different influences incorporated depending on the feeling or who I have in mind.

EM: Who are the top five producers that inspired you musically?

LA: This isn’t in any specific order becuase they all influenced me a great deal.

 –  Kanye West
 – 808 Mafia as a whole (southside/tm88/metro)
 – the neptunes
 –  Dr Dre
 –  cardo got wings

EM: What was the first album you ever purchased?

LA: It was both 50 cents “The Massacre” & Ludascris’ “Red Light District”. Classics

EM: How would you describe your sound to someone who has never listened before?

LA: It’s really hard to describe my just because I have so many different influences and listen to so much different music. I’d say it’s very dynamic. I love flipping samples in different ways and slowing down and speeding them up. I like making something new out of something someone else created. I feel like each beat I make has a different vibe or emotion. And that’s what I go for. Each beat I make I try to make it different from the last. But I still try to keep my same style. I’m always trying to evolve my sound in any way I can so my definition of my sound will always change

EM: What are your top fove favorite albums of all time?

LA:

It’s always hard when I comes to rankin projects because half of it is the appreciation of the art and the other half is personal preference but for albums I would have to say
1. Illmatic- Nas
2. Man On The Moon- Kid CuDi
3. Late Regsitration- Kanye West
4. Graduation- Kanye West
5. Drake- Nothing was the same

EM: What are your top five favorite mixtapes of all time?

LA:  And for mixtapes:

1. Live. Love. ASAP. ASAP rocky
2. Kush & OJ – Wiz Khalifa
3. Ferrari Boyz- Gucci & Waka Flocka
4. Migos No Label 2
5. Watch My Back – Lucki
It was hard but these are the ones I’m sure of

EM: Kush n oj a classic. What’s your favorite quote?

LA: Honestly I knows it’s cliche but this quote has stuck with me my whole life “you miss  %100 of the shots you don’t take” this has stuck with me becuase in my career as an aspiring producer I’ve had a lot of up and down moments. And a lot of opportunities I passed up on. I realized that if I don’t go out there and make connections, or if I’m not constantly working everyday to get better then I’m not even giving myself the possibility of succeeding. Moral of the story is as long as u put the work and apply the passion, you will obtain your goals

EM: Who are some of the local Chicago rappers that you’ve been listening to?

LA: I mean honestly a majority of the people I work with in the city are also dudes I listen to I really listen to

 -Lucki
 -BigBodyFiji & decent militia
 -Adot
 -Freako
 -Roo$ki
 -Ran$ah
 -Warhol.ss
 -Dex
And just really whoever I come across that has good music. But that’s mainly been my playlist as far as Chicago rap goes

EM: Who are some bigger name Chicago artists that you want to work with in the future?

LA: I think it’s every Chicago producers dream to work with Kanye. But of course chance, he’s definitely someone that I grew listening to. As well as mock Jenkins and Kembe X. They just have really meaningful music and I think I could make something great with them. And I would also love to work with Sosa. Who wouldn’t. That would be monumental

EM: If you could collab with one person dead or alive, who would it be?

LA: If I could collab with someone it would definatly be Dr. Dre. On the music side of things I just feel he brings the best creativity out in artists and producers and cultivated some of the games greatest artist. But I also feel there’s so much to learn from him. Weather it’s about how to be the best producer you can be or how to further your brand or the ins and outs of the industry. There’s just so much I feel I could get from a collaboration with him

EM: What’s your favorite song that you have had a hand in creating so far?

LA: It would have to be “Still On Me” by SupaBwe. I not only loved that beat, but it was also my first big placement. When the song released in January it was a real turning point for my career and since then it’s been nothing but progress. And not to mention the track as a whole completely goes hard.

EM: What is the best advice you could give to upcoming producers?

LA: Stay persistent. Nothing is going to come quick or easy. building a catalog and a brand takes time. Your not always gonna get big placement or blow up. As a producer it takes time to create that. Always try to evolve your sound so it stay unique and make your sound something that stands out that people with recognize. I also never thought as producer as a financial source. It started doing this out of pure passion and a lot of where I am today was purely because I showed love. Sometimes the best things come when u put the music first. Because like any career, job, or passion. If your heart isn’t in it, you won’t succeed.

EM: What’s your favorite music video?

LA: There’s a lot that I like from a while ago. Ones I can think of that really resonated with me with videos like kid Cudis Day N Nite. Kanye West’s Heartless & pretty much all of the weekends videos. I just really appreciate videos that capture the vibe or feel of the songs

But as far as newer video I really love Lonewolfs videos for Same Shit by Warhol.ss and Right Through You by Yung Bans. He just has a crazy dope aesthetic that’s unique from what everyone else is doing. And as for Cole Bennett he’s in a lane of his own doing bigger things day by day and still making crazy projects along the way.

EM: The National Anthem or The International Players Anthem?

LA: Gotta go with the legends outkast & Pimp C

EM: What can our readers expect from Luke Almighty for the rest of 2017?

LA: A lot of new music with people you haven’t heard me with yet. Some songs that’ll be on some upcoming tapes. Some even better music with people I’ve worked with in the past. New beats. And just branch out even further. I feel it’s so important to stay consistent so I want to keep the same momentum going into the next year.

EM: Last question, where do you see yourself in 5 years?

LA: In 5 years I hope to be a household name. I really just want to have longevity and wanna stay consistent throughout this whole journey. I’d like to have my own studios and or a production label. And ultimately just keep making timeless music