Lashia Levins encourages young black women to persevere in the music industry
Lashia Levins, aka Lady Boom Boxx, is a songwriter, rapper, producer and DJ in Atlanta. She spoke with deployment on what brought her to music, her early inspirations and how different music is today than it was over a decade ago.
How did you come up with the name Lady Boom Boxx?
I was born in the 80s, and I’m so obsessed with 80s nostalgia, boomboxes, and I loved hip-hop. When I was 4, my uncle used to make me freestyle because he watched MTV. It always had the boom box, so I just adopted it. I literally have Lasonic and old school boomboxes, and when my mom was done with them, I would ask her if I could have them. I feel like everyone would just call me a little human jukebox, so I was like, I’m going to call myself Lady Boom Box.
How are you able to maneuver in a male-dominated industry as a woman?
I have a good circle, and you have to be careful about your circle and who you hang out with. Some people will say good things to you, and some won’t. I’ve been lucky to have people around me who let me know when something’s wrong, and they’re not afraid to take risks. I think it really helps to have an open mind about genres because you can’t separate yourself into one type of music. I listen to pop and I listen to R&B. Some people may say rock is dead, but it’s not. You have to expand your mind, and I feel like the more we do that, the more we open our minds, it’s unclear what we’re going to come up with.
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