Cypher Avenue Music: LASTO
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Originally from St. Louis, MO but now residing in Brooklyn, NY, hip hop artist Lasto (aka Last Oh aka Last aka Last Offence) is probably one of the few Gay hip hop artists out there that actually “gets it”. Based on what we’ve heard so far, he understands that lyrics, production quality and perception are the keys to potentially winning over not only a Gay audience, but a straight one as well.
Gangster rapper, he is not. So if you like your rap music filled with tales of clubbing, strippers, drug dealing and murder, stick to the mainstream rappers like Lil Wayne. Last reminds me of the artists like Lupe Fiasco, Kid Cudi and old school Common. The kind of hip hop music that actually makes you use a few brain cells as you nod your head to the beat.
Full disclosure: Lasto is a friend of mine. It was through digging the music as a fellow creative person that I eventually met him and became a fan of not only the work but the person as well. However, both he and Octavious (co-founder of Cypher Avenue) would tell you that friendship never stops me from giving my honest opinion, even if it stings.
Speaking of honest opinions, now on the my actual review of the work itself…
“RUN A LAP”
To download “Run A Lap” for free, click here.
To download “Not For Non-Profit” for free, click here.
While there have been other Gay MCs to spring up on YouTube and Twitter in the last 24 months, Lasto is definitely the bar that many people use in comparison when it comes to lyrics and production quality. To think he’s only been doing this for a few years is admirable as well when you see the effort put into the work.
Lasto’s new project will be entitled, “Charm” and last I heard he’s busy in the studio putting the finishing touches on it for the awaiting public.
– Nick D
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