Lex Luger Recalls Working With Game On "R.E.D.," Says His Sound Comes From Pain

The 20 year-old production sensation was Game's first requested interview as editor, as Lex explains that the "B.M.F." copycat beats have to do with artist tastes, and why he wanted to "outshine Dr. Dre"

Within a year, Lex Luger has developed from a relative unknown to one of Hip Hop’s most coveted producers. The 20-year-old’s resume has grown exponentially as he works as half of 808 Mafia - the in-house production team for Brick Squad 1017. Lex has already teamed up with everyone from Jay-Z and Kanye to Rick Ross and now, Game.

Luger's stock in the Rap industry has been steadily rising since the debut of his first radio hit, Waka Flocka Flame’s “Hard in the Paint,” and Lex shows no signs of slowing down. In fact, his newest collaboration with Game on The R.E.D. Album, has Lex Luger switching gears, being mindful to the fact that the Compton rapper is used to working with one of the greatest to ever get behind the boards. Talk about pressure.

When Game signed on to be HipHopDX's Guest Editor this week, the first artist he wanted to see on the site was Lex Luger. Ask, and ye shall receive...

Lex Luger Explains Making "Bottles & Rockin' Js" For Game 

HipHopDX: How did you and Game get together for his second single “Bottles & Rockin’ Js” ?

Lex Luger: Really it was my publisher, he’s real good friends with Game, so when Game said he needed some work for the [ R.E.D.] Album he was like, "Well, I got your producer right here." I made beats and went in for like, a week, for him. A week. And out of all of them, he picked ["Bottles & Rockin' Js"]. That was crazy to me because that record… It’s a nice record but still in that "trap sound," not really an eye-opener, like a huge, huge song. And I love the song. I love the beat, but I felt I had so many more crazy sounds that he could’ve messed with but I liked what he made it [into].

DX: That was the first time you’ve worked together right?

Lex Luger: Yeah.

DX: The impression I get from your work ethic is that you don’t usually sit down for a whole week for just anyone.

Lex Luger: Right! Right!

Lex Luger Says His Biggest Inspiration Is Dr. Dre

DX: What was it that made you devote that much time to Game?

Lex Luger: I try to keep the same mindset with every artist, just doing music, but the approach I took with Game… I grew up on his music, and he had Dr. Dre [as a mentoring producer], you know what I’m saying? That’s my favorite producer. So I wasn’t necessarily trying to outdo him but, stay on that level with him. I felt like I had to take seven days out of my life to put into that, that’s Dr. Dre - I wanna outshine him.

DX: There’s got to be a certain level of intimidation in working with someone who’s worked with your inspiration. What kind of a challenge was that?

Lex Luger: I just try to read all the comments that people say about my music and there’s a lot of negative - there’s a whole lot of positive too, but I try and look at the negative side and try and improve on that. I mean, whether or not I’m a cocky guy or I feel like they’re just hating, that’s an opinion. And I’m trying to change that one person’s opinion, so I go on websites, and I look at what people got to say about the previous record that I dropped, and I really… I try to cater to the haters’ needs and their minds. That’s what I like doing. I like seeing a nigga say, "Oh, Lex Luger wack. All his beats sound the same." [I like to] prove him wrong, you know what I’m saying? That’s what really keeps me going, trying to go to the next level really.

Lex Luger Explains How "Blowin' Money Fast" Became A Signature Sound

DX: In a few interviews, you’ve said that the reason the public keeps hearing beats similar to the “Blowin' Money Fast” production is because that’s what the artists requests. Is it frustrating to be limited to just that?

Lex Luger: Mmm… Nah, ‘cause if I do 10 beats a day, maybe three sound like "BMF" . I don’t make a beat for an artist really, I just have that shit laying around - like the "BMF"-sounding beats, but they pick it. They like it, people like it, so, we make it do what it do… When that sound play out, I got another sound.

DX: Just talking to you, your demeanor is so chill and calm. It doesn’t seem like you could even come up with “Blowin' Money Fast.” What do you pull from to create such aggressive sounding beats?

Lex Luger: From pain.

DX: From pain.

Lex Luger: Yeah. I go through stuff. I’ve been through stuff.

DX: You’ve said that if you could collaborate with anyone, it would be Pharell or Swizz Beatz. What do you think you could bring to the table if you ever did work with either?

Lex Luger: I mean, I just do what I do. I’ve been in the studio with Timbaland. I go to the studio with Tim in [Virginia]. It’s just creativity. I just create. It’s what I love to do.

DX: You’re so young. Does your age ever affect your confidence in this industry?

Lex Luger: Nah… A little bit though, ‘cause the old heads, they try and come after me, but I hold my weight.

DX: Does it still shock you to hear your work on the radio?

Lex Luger: Nah… Not really no more. I might hear a new song tonight and it won’t really bother me. Shit just be coming out, man. [Laughs]

DX: What was it like the first time you heard something you did over the airwaves?

Lex Luger: The first time I heard… I think I heard "BMF" on the radio… I don’t know, it’s a good feeling, man. It just felt like, I could conquer the world then. It felt like I could have a radio song on every station. That’s how I felt.

DX: It’s different coming out as a rapper than it is to come out producing. The producer’s face isn’t really out there like that at first. Did your people back home believe in you and what you were doing initially?

Lex Luger: Dang, I don’t know that they necessarily believed… I ain’t really care. I got kids to feed, so I could care less if they think I’m a billion dollar man or if I’m on MTV or BET or not… I don’t care.

DX: What have you been up to besides Game and this Gucci Mane and Waka Flocka Flame Ferrari Boyz work?

Lex Luger: DJ Khaled, I’m working with him. Got some new stuff on the album. Ace Hood, Jay-Z, Kanye West - everybody, man. We got the production deal [for] 808 Mafia. Everything popping off.

52 Comments

  • trackman

    dj quick compton,you dont know shit! lex luger makes the beat and submits the files to the artist. There's a mix engineer who does the mixing. You think a label would allow a poorly mixed track onto the album. you real stupid if you think lex luger mixes the beats!

  • Anonymous

    u r haterz niga off da hook aus

  • Youtube Darrellskie

    Lex Lugar you "that nxgga", keep doin ya thang,much respect, u inspire a young nxgga just out here doin somethin tryna make it in life

  • ilike

    I like his beats My car goes boomm booom booom

  • Dan Ruben Nilsen Lindseth

    game wanted all this gangster shit and now its to late, blood in blood out vato loco, game ur a clown

  • Beatz Grymm

    This young dude is makin money off these repetitive ass beats... can't hate on him! That's what they askin for!!!

  • reEL Talk

    you can tell when the interviewer is not really feeling the interview because they just go to the next question. lol. they don't even expand. dude seems kinda dunce. but i feel him on game picking that beat. game was just on some groupie ish and trying to sound like bmf.

  • Duke

    well he hasn't proved this hater wrong. all i ever hear is the same damn beat over and over again.

  • Anonymous

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TjRNMlLbyPA Justice For Thieves by $WonDough$ Beat by Justice League Sounds From The UnderWorld

  • Anonymous

    You will NEVER outshine Dr Dre unless you can do beats other than the BMF beats.

  • Jah

    I'm confused, Bottles and Rockin' J's isn't on the album, how is it a single from it?

  • kj

    Its more like hunger bitch ass nigga!

  • yodaddy01

    When I say "timing" I am not talking about clicking and high lighting the drum patterns in FL Studio.

    • Anonymous

      yeah, but the timing on his drums sounds like just that. His drum patterns are robotic. Dilla had not only raw sounding drums, but the way his timing was, he used a stutter and delay in his rythms. Way original and sounds fresh.

  • yodaddy01

    I personally am willing to give him a chance to grow as a producer. He can play instruments and he apparently is very good at timing (J Dilla was too). i know I'll get alot of hate for this comment but lets see what Lex has in store for us in the next few years to come.

    • Anonymous

      Lex Luger will never ever reach J Dilla, Large Pro, Pete Rock etc level. This is mainly due to the perverted nature of the music he makes and the way hes been thrust into the spotlight. He also lack original beats in that he is only rehashing dirty south style beats in the same way 100,000 wannabe manny fresh's are. Hes more at risk of becoming another Scott Storch, several commercial hits, wasted musical talent. That my friend is not hatred.

  • joem

    This interview was terrible.. This Lex Luger dude is about as deep as a puddle and that reflects greatly in his music.. shit is whack son. I think waka flocka is one of the worst things to happen to hip hop but even I would agree that Jay Z and Kanye going "HAM" was about 10 times worst than anything waka has made and that's only because we KNOW Jay and Kanye can be dope but they made that sorry shit with that sorry ass beat. Man.. where THE RUNNERS at?.. show this muthafucka how to make a beat.. hell, go ask Shadowville for some tips, they're more in your league.. Dr. Dre, Swizz Beats.. yeah fucking right.

    • Tylerthe Destoryer

      Cause you make the beast beats right you fucking clown! This kid is 20 and killing it, Kanye buys his beats.. Im about to go Ham,lettuce Tomato and mayo on ya bitch made ass..

    • Rocc

      thats what they said about yo mama but you still love her.

  • lex luger

    yo imma hop on this bandwagon too. in reality, game a faggot. but hey everybody gotta get paper, and sometimes you gotta work with faggots to get that Benjamin. YA HEARD!

  • wayne

    i dont really like this faggot, just make money of his tripolar ass

    • ^U a lame ass nikka^

      Hey guy, get a fuckin life you loser, stop posting bs comments as rappers, fag. Why YOU mad bro? Did game fuck you'r girl? Or you mad your boyfriend isn't giving you dick bitch

  • kanye

    charles loboutin? more like louis v bitch!

  • fifty

    omg, this lil ho thinks he can compete with me cause he's 'editor' for the week. bitch i got a whole website. "...im in that tax bracket you never gon see..."

  • pac from the grave

    im turning in my grave because this faggot reppin the w side

  • ddiddy

    i agree with suge's fat ass on this, game a dick rider

  • suge

    ye game a faggot, i slapped his ass many a time, bitch did nada

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  • rodney

    I loved "B.M.F.", and I really loved the sound on Waka's album. I don't love this kid's cockiness, and he'll be forever known for being the first one to show us that "Watch The Throne" was over-hyped, when "H.A.M." proved to be a major ass-showing.

  • L-Boogie

    Not really feeling mainstream producers all like that anymore, it all sounds the same.

  • lex u whack

    every body riding this niggas same shit like they did auto tune couple of years back soon somebody gonna drop a song death of lex luger

  • What Is A Lex Luger?

    The idiot below said Lex > Dre in 2011 LMAO fuck outta here. Dre would out-produce him in his sleep. Listen to 2 Lex Luger beats and you've heard them all...

  • he will

    be cool if he dont take advice from the old heads like he mentioned and keeps doing him

  • Shady

    this dude is overrated as fuck! He uses the same beat over and over again, smh.

    • Anonymous

      every rapper wants the same shit. Its not his fault rappers keep asking for the BMF like beat you phaggot

  • Onaje Jordan

    Hollow no soul fruity loop beats. The kid could be nice though. I think if you are not a sample based producer your sound sould be rich, layered it just sounds hollow. like a kid just discovered fruity loops and made a beat. I think alot of these new producers should study the neptunes.

    • trackman

      neptunes got somepretty wack beats to. aint nuthin wrong with using fruity loops cuz. 9th wonder made some soulful beats using fruity loops. stop being a dumbass,i dont see anyone checking for your beats. alot of dre and swizzy beats sound the same,even the runners and all them industry cats have beats that sound the same.

  • DaJudgementDay

    Lex Luger has a lot of potential just need to change the sounds every now and then.same kick and 808 snare wont last long.Bigup Lex keep doin u.

  • micah

    Lex tight. I prefer lody beats right now tho. Something about them sound more finished. But errybody like that wale beat that lex did

  • Whooliano

    What is there to know about that "Bottles and Rockin Js" track? Only that Busta killed everyone on that track... Oh yeah, not to mention that the beat was recycled from a Waka Flocka song ("365").

  • DJ Quik Compton

    Lex Luger > Dr Dre in 2011. As of recent, Dre got his head stuck up his ass, putting out homo-erotic garbage like "I need a doctor" with wack-ass British guy Alex Da Kid. At least Lex's beats sound hood, whereas Dre's sound like they were made for Britney Spears. Now the only thing Lex needs to work on is his mixing, cause his mixing right now sounds really muddy and the frequencies are not probably eq'ed.

    • son1

      he doesnt mix the beats dumbass!! theres a mix engineer for that shit. you dont know jack!!

    • Big Dan

      Good point. I think producers need to understand that just because they can work a synthesizer and an MPC, doesn't mean they can actually work the boards. People go to school for that or spend a couple years apprenticing in a studio. Even with Dre, you listen to the Chronic and you realize the mix is horrible on some songs. We know he does not play the keyboards on his tracks, why not step aside for the mixing too. One of my all time favorite rap song is "Hard to Kill" by Spice 1 ft. Method Man. Sounds like someone recorded the master for the song by putting a tape deck next to the song playing and pressing record. Lex Luger is on point production wise. I hope he is smart enough to keep striking while the fire is hot, so he is doing this 20 years from now.