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will.i.am Protg LGP Qua Believes He Can Bridge Rap's Generation Gap

LGP Qua could become the next breakout star from Philadelphia now that will.i.am is in his corner.

After building his buzz on social media, Qua caught the attention the Black Eyed Peas will.i.am, who not only signed the young spitter to his label will.i.am Music Group but also gave him a big assist by crafting and hopping on his debut single, INSOMNIAC (woke).

Qua recently stopped by the DX fice in Hollywood, California to debut the song and video on DX Live. The burgeoning rhymer says the song is a wake up call for people that continue to overlook or ignore the increasingly harsh realities day-to-day living.

Insomniac] is just about being woke to everyday society, whats going on in our country, whats going on in these cities, Qua told DX. Dont be ignorant to what you see, be woke. Theres really problems out here.

As the relationship between older HIp Hop fans and the youth seemingly becomes more fractured each day, Qua prides himself in being part the rare breed that can blend the two schools thought. He hopes his music will do like his mentors early work with Black Eyed Peas and bridge the gap.

Youre a fan before anything when you first start or you take a liking to something, Qua noted. The Cassidys, the Nass, DMX, JAY-Z — all them. You hear it and its like Ooh. I hear them, I feel the same way at that time. Now Hip Hop] is just like whatever, so Im bringing it back to give that to the young kids — a new sound with a little twist that new school.

Although his career ascent has been quick, Qua has already learned some important lessons. Many rappers and celebrities dont fully understand these circumstances until theyve encountered some the inauthenticity that comes along with the fame.

Good things] come your way when you got the right people on your team, and the right people on your team, those are the ones that dont get a lot credit, Qua said. I love Hip Hop and I feel as though the essence it is not how it used to be. How about I keep this new school with less mumble and bring back Hip Hop?”

In his case, will.i.am is one those right people. Like Eazy-E did for will.i.am when he discovered him back in the early 90s, the Black Eyed Peas frontman is trying to bestow wisdom upon the up-and-coming lyricist.

First time I met will was in New York, Qua remembered. He saw my videos on my Instagram and he took a liking. He didnt wanna hear nothing else from there. It was all love, and I definitely appreciate that. He taught me to] always be yourself. Its cool to be different and make sure anything you do is a family move. Think long term.

LGP Quas debut mixtape, The Voice the Youth Volume 1, is scheduled to drop in April.

Check out the full interview below and tune into DX Live every Thursday at 10 a.m. PST and the Litness Test at 3 p.m. PST.