1. What’s your government name? And how old are you? Give the people a little background about you, who you are, where you from etc…
My government name is Alexandria Leosis. I’m 20 years old from Toronto, Ontario, Canada. My father is Greek (Spartan) and my mom is British Canadian. I grew up on the west side of Toronto around Jane and Dundas.
2. What is the meaning behind your rap name?/Where did it come from and why did you choose it?
My rap name is my actual nickname, my friend Big Mike nicknamed me Lex in first year university because both my roommate and I had the name “Al(ey)x”. Since I’m so tall (6’2) they nicknamed me Big Alex and her Little Alyx. Eventually they started calling me Lex and her Lyttle and Lex Leosis was born.
3. How long you been in the game for?
I’ve been taking rap seriously for about 2 years. I started in Spoken Word when I was 16 years old and eventually became a slam poet. I’m on a team called The Messengers, who are a group of poets who collectively conquer the poetry/slam world together! Through meeting different rappers and artists, I decided to take my talents to rap and have been working towards Spoken Word and Rap since then. I’ve always been a Hip Hop head and I’m glad I can contribute to the game now.
4. So why do you rap? Is it like a hobby or a career move?
I rap to feel alive. That sounds stupid and cliché, but it’s true. It seems the only time my life seems interesting or real is when I have a mic or a pen in front of me. Having your voice heard is a powerful thing and I try my best not to abuse it. I really want to send a positive message to kids who listen to my music. You don’t have to follow the stereotypical gender roles in order to get your voice out there, people respect someone who is themselves. We live in a society where they tell you to be different, but your expected to act the same. I want kids to know that it is okay to be who they are. This in no way means I’m perfect or willing to change myself in order to appeal to kids positively. I want the kids to know that I swear and smoke weed, I don’t promote it, It’s just who I am. I’m in no means a role model, I just try to be real with people. The rappers I grew up listening to did that for me and when I had to face tough decisions involving growing up, I was able to do so comfortably because it seemed familiar to me. I knew what I was comfortable with and what I wasn’t comfortable with.
Rap is a hobby and career. Sometimes I have to step back and treat it like a hobby in order to remind myself that I started this because its fun. Rap can be very stressful as a career. You have to do things for other people when this art expression is supposed to be about yourself and it can leave you very confused and with a lack of motivation to continue. I’m so blessed to be moving up and meeting a lot of new people, that’s where the career becomes fun, meeting all the different artists who all have such different mind sets.
5. Who inspires you/Who is your favorite rapper?
My biggest inspirations are Lupe Fiasco and A Tribe Called Quest. I spent my early years listening to ATCQ and it really developed my sense of rhythm and understanding for music. Lupe Fiasco was listened to throughout my teenage years and he really developed my sense of cadences and rhyme schemes as well as his lyrics, no other artist I know can beat the realness of Lupe Fiasco’s wordplay.
6. What are you trying to bring to the game?
To be honest, I don’t know what I’m trying to bring to the game; I’m very controversial. You either love me or you hate me. People often get caught up on my appearance and can’t move past it to actually hear what I’m saying and other people can. I guess it’s all personal preference. I can’t connect to a lot of rappers out there. I guess I’m trying to just bring me, I’m very versatile, I enjoy rapping on old school and dubstep beats. I’m trying to get through to people to say that race and gender doesn’t matter, it should be about the music.
7. What’s your favorite song or project you ever came out with?
Oooh hard to choose. My realest project was Dyslexic (which was my first mixtape), it was really bad but it was the realest and rawest my emotions have ever gotten. The project I had the most fun doing was T.Dot to TX with Tony Chaos. But my favouriteeeee project would have to be Cadence, which is my most recent project. My favorite song is One Night Stand.
8. You got any projects coming out in the near future? If so, what are they?
I have a project called Avalanche coming out, which will be my first ever album. It will be released sometime in 2013, the date isn’t set yet.
And finally where can the people find you at, online?