Emanuel Lynch is a gifted upcoming rapper, singer-songwriter, and producer. Growing up around a musically talented family from St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands, Emanuel has been exposed to many different genres and styles throughout his childhood. In August of 2017, he moved to New Orleans, Louisiana, where he is currently based.
Emanuel is also a member of the New Orleans-based collective, 250BLZRD, who released their debut album, “Biever Boys”, in 2019 as well as his first solo single “NO FAKES”. Over the next few months creating and experimenting new styles, he released three singles: “TKO”, “SuperBeri”, and “Phases”. Whether producing under the name Nuberius (“Beri Got Heat”), teaming up with other aspiring artists, or expressing his mind to the world, Emanuel brings the energy and rage that makes his sound stand out to all listeners.
Lisa: Growing up, how important was music in your life? Can you recall the moment when you decided that you wanted to be a musician? Was it an easy or difficult choice to make?
Emanuel: Music is super important to me and my family, especially on my dad’s side. Both my parents, in high school, were avid musicians; my dad just had it in his blood. He was a drum major at Hampton University and got his degree in music education as well. The moment I wanted to focus on music was, honestly, when I saw my dad directing the church band, as a toddler. He played the trumpet and I loved seeing him play with a passion and enjoyment. Once I saw him and that drum set in the left-hand corner of the stage, it was over; I instantly wanted to play the drums, so I made a way to get in the church band, which I did once I was in middle school. At first, it was the shakers and tambourine, then in high school, I focused on the piano. I play by ear and I have this gift called perfect pitch, which made it easy for me to play and figure out chords.
Lisa: What has been the biggest surprise so far about making music your career?
Emanuel: The biggest surprise for me, so far, is knowing how many people gravitate and enjoy your creations. I try to make music that I would listen to and enjoy in different moods or settings and to know that so many random people love my style, diversity, and can relate to what I’m saying makes feel happy and keep on grinding. One day, I hope to make an even bigger effect around entire the world.
Lisa: What has been an unexpected or welcome challenge to it all?
Emanuel: An unexpected challenge for me is how much dedication you have to put in to each track you release. It is extremely difficult when you’re taking care of it all by yourself. The music tasks is, obviously, easy for me; I have my friends that can help me take care of things and give ideas and suggestions, but the other important business stuff is pretty much me on my own figuring it out. I don’t have a “team” yet to assist me with that right now, but I do welcome the challenge because I’m able to research and learn more for future purposes and deals. However, help is always great and I do welcome it, but only with the right people!
Lisa: What are some newer projects that you are currently working on?
Emanuel: Right now, I’m working on a lot—between writing and recording music, making beats, and graduating college in the Spring of 2021. 2020 has been a chaotic year for the world, as we all know. So to end the year, I’m planning on releasing an EP. This past summer, I went through a lot of anxiety, depression, confusion, and, at some points, loneliness; I really couldn’t understand the world I was living in and around me. It got to a point where I started questioning people, even some family, to see if they were on my side and supported me. I learned a lot about people, relationships, emotions, and patience this summer. I’m creating this EP to be more of a journal or diary of the emotions I felt then, and even some right now. I can’t wait to share it with everyone soon!
Lisa: Tell me more about your New Orleans-based collective, 250BLZRD. How did you get together and what is your goal?
Emanuel: Haha! Those are my brothers; I love them to death! I wouldn’t be where I am without each and everyone of them. The journey we’ve taken has been an interesting one, but worth it. We all met in college living in the same freshmen dorm. Every week, we would go to the studio and work on music, pushing each other to write and freestyle the hardest bars, melodies, and produce the most captivating beats. I really consider them more than just inspiration and motivation; they’re my family. We don’t only push each other to write great music together, but our goal, from the start, is to make sure we support each other and our individual journeys as well, so we can expand our sound and creativity throughout the entire world. The music we’ve created is out on all platforms so make sure to go check that out as well!
Lisa: I loved your new single “Phases”. Where did you get inspiration to write it?
Emanuel: Thank you so much first of all, that really means a lot! The start of Phases began while I was recording my single “TKO”. Most importantly, shoutout to MIVICVH for that beat, cause it’s too fire, haha! While he was mixing “TKO”, he sent me that beat and it was originally called “Tap In”. When I played it the first time, the first thing that popped into my head was “I go so fast, in phase I’m tapping”; I was singing that over and over. After that, I wanted to build the whole song around the mindset of feeling invincible and being able to accomplish anything you face. Originally, I only wanted put “Phases” out on SoundCloud because I didn’t care for the idea I was going with at first. By the end of July, I had a change of heart and I told MIVICVH that August might be the perfect time to drop. I’m very grateful for that whole situation and for everyone enjoying the single!
Lisa: Who are some of your favorite artists or rather, what musicians have continued to inspire you and your music? Who would you absolutely still love to work with in the future?
Emanuel: Wow there are a plethora of artists that I love and want to work with in the future! I love all genres of music however, I’m not a big country music fan, sorry haha! As kid, I listened to a lot of Sting, Rihanna, calypso, and reggae music, especially growing up in the islands you get a lot of that. The Hip-Hop scene in the Virgin Islands is very small, I never really caught on to it until the beginning of middle school.
Travis Scott is my favorite artist! I love listening to his old stuff: Owl Pharaoh, Days Before Rodeo, and Rodeo. His energy, with his fans, is engaging and he loves to touch people’s lives and wild out with them. XXXTentatcion, Juice WRLD (R.I.P to both), Denzel Curry, Drake, Young Thug, and Lil Uzi Vert, are some other artists I look up to, as well. Focused more towards R&B and Pop, I listen to artists like The Weekend, Kehlani, Bryson Tiller, Don Toliver, Kaash Paige, Billie Eilish, Rihanna, that type of style. I can go on for days talking about music I’m into right now.
I would love to work with all of these artists in the future, and more. If we’re talking about producers now, I would love to work with Murda Beatz, Frank Dukes, CuBeatz, Cardo, Pierre Bourne, Kenny Beats, Hit-boy, The Neptunes, Maaly Raw, Wondagurl, Wheezy, Mike Dean, Boi-1da, OG Parker, Smash David, just to name a few haha!
Lisa: What has it been like keeping up with your social media accounts and all of the different platforms? Is it hard to stay up to date on it all? What would you say is your favorite way to connect with your fans now?
Emanuel: Haha! I’m still trying to get use to being more active on all my accounts once a day. I’m giving each platform a fair share and I’m definitely making great improvements. I mostly use them to keep up with news, music, sports, modeling, fashion, art, memes, and trends. My favorite way to connect with fans is on Instagram. Just reading comments, messages, and seeing everyone’s reactions to my music makes me so ecstatic. I love making people smile and the fact that my music can have a positive effect in someone’s life is a blessing. I will be using Instagram more frequently to go on IG Live and talk more to people, so stay tuned for that!
Lisa: At the end of the day, what do you hope people take away from your music?
Emanuel: At the end of the day, I hope people can relate to and understand how I feel in my music. When I write each song, I think about a situation I’ve dealt with, or I’m currently dealing with, to get in that mood or state. Each song is different to me and I try to express it as clearly as I can. If I am able to help that one person gain the slightest bit of confidence to overcome that hinderance they’ve been dealing with their entire life, I will feel extremely satisfied. Music is medicine and I hope I can use my gift to influence and help as many people as I can.
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