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a closer look - hip-hop artist, loye

Tough times never last, but tough people do, including our next feature artists. With his melodic tone and raw lyrics, this, DMV AUX presents to you, the quiet but powerful upcoming artist, Loye.

Growing up, Loye lived in multiple states including Michigan and South Carolina, but spent most of his life in Washington, D.C. The constant readjustment to new environments was “rough." He couldn’t develop long-lasting friendships, but his siblings were always there. Spending most of his days outside, Loye became remarkably creative and once attempted to dig a tunnel to china!

He stated, “I did little things like that to stay creative and get my mind off things that are really going on.”

From digging tunnels to writing rhymes, Loye pushed his creativity elsewhere. After listening and catching on to his brother's raps/poems, he took it upon himself to start rapping as a way to express himself. The music eventually became a gateway for Loye to reveal his sheltered feelings and therapeutically communicate them. He admits, reflecting on some of his older music makes him sit back and think, “Damn I was really feeling that way?”

His greatest inspiration is his mother, “My mom inspires me a lot through her resilience and how she pushes my siblings and I,” he stated. Artistically speaking, Drake and J.Cole, but more so what they do outside of music.

One of his biggest challenges is consistency, especially with people. He understands that networking is the key to a successful career, and it’s important to have relations with media outlets, though it may be difficult, he knows it will help him. In contrast, his biggest accomplishment has been stepping outside his comfort zone and speaking with other creatives in hopes to get his name out there and have his voice heard.

In light of the DMV music scene, Loye expressed there’s a lot of talent here, but everyone’s beginning to sound the same. “People tend to stick with the DC’s average trap sound,” which has now overwhelmed the area. Yet, Loye still recognizes the tremendous growth in the music scene and believes the DMV is a good area to pursue music.

When it comes to his musical style, Loye’s melodic tone and his ability to showcase that sound in his music differentiate him from others. His creative style intertwines emotions and speaking his truth. Aside from music, he loves the outdoors, poetry/writing, and is big on business and health, and plans on releasing a poetry book one day.

In the future, Loye hopes to release a debut project, develop as an artist, and work on effective communication.

When it comes to advice for aspiring artists, he would tell them to remain focused and refrain from doubt. "You're on the right path, so continue to push out content; You never know, life can change quickly given the right opportunity,” he concluded.

Read more about Loye with a closer look below.

Weird food combo?

I like trying everything, but I'll say mac and cheese, cornbread, and biscuits.

What movie can you watch over and over again?

Paid in Full! I like movies I can learn from including romantic films.

Would you rather win $50,000 or let your best friend win $500,000?

I'll let my best friend win because I know he will give it back to me in some way, I'll do the same for him.

What’s one thing you wish you didn’t have to pay for?

Life, we pay so much towards life, and I'm not even talking about cash.

If you didn't have to sleep, what would you do with the extra time?

Travel all over the world, I would love to visit Africa.

What’s one of your biggest pet peeves?

It's hard to get me out of my zone, but people that aren't authentic.

Magnified Topic of the Week: Loye’s Single “Again”

Loye's latest single "Again" shares the idea of wanting to grow and leave those who were holding you down, but they just come back again and again. "It's me trying definitely real facts, trying to figure out trust and loyalty." The acoustic tones and melodic

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