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MP3 L-Gin - Never Fold

A southern combination of MJG and Eight-Ball, mixed with some sprinkles of Pimp-C and Bun-B,with a hint of Andre 3000 and Big Boy of outKast.

17 MP3 Songs in this album (71:51) !
Related styles: HIP-HOP/RAP: Southern Style, URBAN/R&B: R&B Rap mix

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Elgin Levar Williams also Known as “L-Gin” started his music career in a rap group duo known as “Logik” in early 2000. The duo became known for making their own beats and was also known as one of the few artists in the neighborhood who were actually making music. After realizing they had different drives, the duo decided to go their own separate ways thus leaving L-gin to sharpen his writing skills and find himself as a solo artist. Born in Montgomery, Alabama, L-Gin recalls some childhood memories of his first encounters with rap music. “Respect ya-self”, is all L-Gin could remember, a song performed by a well known rap group from the West Coast known as NWA. “That was my first piece of rap music I had ever listened to”, “I got it from my mothers boyfriend who gave me a walkman for my 9th birthday”, “My momma told him that I shouldn’t be listening to that type of music but by then it was too late…, "I was Hooked”. While listening to the lyrics and breaking down what they were saying, L-Gin quickly became amazed in how one could express themself openly to a large medium of people through music. Despite his new found love in music, L-gin was forced to grow up fast due to the fact that he was the oldest and sometimes had to care for his younger brothers and sisters due to his mothers substance abuse problems. Even though he was heavily burdened at times with being the only one caring for his family, he still found time to be a kid but yet hated his living conditions. Learning to survive at an early age in the streets, L-Gin realized how much his life related to what most rap music was talking about. As if anything else couldn’t go wrong, due to drugs and alcoholism within the home, L-Gin along with the rest of his brothers and sisters were taken from their mother and were placed in foster care in the summer of 1990. Despite these hardships L-gin tried to remain positive while living with somebody he didn’t care to live with, but was introduced to even more rappers like Scarface and the Ghetto Boys by his foster brother. L-Gin watched "Yo MTV Raps" when he could to entertain his love for music and at the same time listened to music to deal with being taken from his mother. After moving in with family in 1992 to avoid being put up for adoption, L-Gin and the rest of his brothers and sisters were re-united with their mother in December of 1993. While living with his aunt, L-Gin used his cousins record player to play instrumentals, and used a boom box to record his vocals and the instrumentals all at one time. L-Gin recorded his first two track song to an EPMD instrumental track titled, "So Watcha Sayin". After all this was said and done, L-gins life had completely changed. Realizing his life was a song, L-Gin knew that one day he would live his life through writing and creating music, and make it a career rather than just making it a hobby.

In Fall of 2001, L-Gin linked up with some other artists in the city who were also focused on becoming known in the streets of Montgomery and most importantly the South. After uniting with local artist slash producer Per''Pos, L-gin purchased and recorded his first studio track in Auburn, Alabama, on a program that wasn’t being used by professionals, quote end quote, “industry standard”, and at the time didn’t know what “industry standard” was, but was just happy to record. His first single called “My Turn”, quickly became loved by people he didn’t even know in the streets and was urged by many to pursue his talent. In summer of 2002, L-Gin took a clean version of “My Turn” to 107.1 WKXN, where Maxximum was and still is the on air personality, and entered it in a battle of the beats. Only losing by one vote,the dj was surprised that he got that many votes being unknown and told him to keep bringing music and told him to try and build up his fan base. Feeling good about what the dj said, and the bitter but sweet success from the radio debut, L-gin tried his luck again and gave his demo to a manager named Mike Jackson who was managing a group called Dirty that was signed to Universal Records at the time. Mike Jackson was so impressed by the music he invited L-Gin to come to their studio. L-Gin accepted and found himself touring a real studio for the first time with state of the art, “industry standard”, equipment. Mike Jackson sat L-Gin down in his office and explained to him some things about the music industry and what “industry standard” was. This is where the word Pro-tools was born into L-Gins vocabulary and expanded his ever growing knowledge of recording music that would dynamically shape his music career. Being told by Mike Jackson that his music sounds good and would sound better, and could compete with what’s out there now if he would use what the professionals use, made L-Gin want to pursue his dream even further. With that being said, Mike Jackson invited L-Gin to come in and record in the mornings and learn the music industry with them, but not having the proper financing to pay for the beats and studio time L-Gin had no choice but to decline.

For the next couple of years L-gin held fast to music but had his eyes on making money. Due to economic hardship L-gin did what he had to in order to obtain money to eat. L-Gin would spend his free time writing lyrics and recording on smaller computer programs and sending demos to places like Columbia, Aftermath, Def Jam, and even small independent labels such as Hindu Records that housed Pastor Troy at one time. After all of the rejection letters and being told by the A&R at Hindu Records that his lyrics were hot but his beat production suffered and that his production wasn''t "industry standard", L-Gin was forced to find an exclusive producer and a proper recording facility to record at so he could compete with other artists who had better sounding material no matter the cost. In march of 2004, L-Gin was introduced to Dr. Fangaz who was the exclusive producer responsible for the production on Dirtys’debut album. That self titled album "Dirty","Da pimp and da Gangsta", made noise in the music industry and had a Dr. Fangaz produced single "Hit da Floor" that landed on the pop charts. Surprised that he was being diverted back into this circle and the origin of Dirtys'' success, L-gin decided to network with Dr. Fangaz and purchase beats no matter how much they cost. After recording his first track ,“Girbauds”, produced by Dr. Fangaz, it quickly became an instant underground street classic. With the help of Dr. Fangaz and Grade A Muzik who introduced the use of Pro-Tools to L-Gin, L-Gin quickly became a dominant figure in the city of Montgomery. L-Gin was now building a fan base and had became known by most of the rappers and some of the local djs in the city. Doing shows at such places as The Rose, Renos, Club 7 days, etc… L-Gin was making noise in the streets of Montgomery and was seeing his music career go in a direction that he was hoping for.

Continuing his search for a hit, L-Gin recorded a large amount of tracks but it wasn’t until he recorded “Gettin Gritty”, produced by Jul of lubricated productions, that got him noticed by radio Djs at a local Montgomery radio station 97.9jamz. In early 2005 “Gettin Gritty” was entered in a battle of the beats on 97.9jamz and won three nights in row. The first night of its debut it beat out a track that featured Dirty. Not priding himself of that, L-Gin kept it moving and teamed up with Marc Coleman and Khao of Intaprize/GrandHustle/Atlantic and purchased a beat that would soon get people in the music industry to notice him. That beat and combination of L-Gins song writing ability became known as “My Table”. In late 2006 the song was entered in a battle of the beats on 97.9jams of Montgomery and won three nights in row also. With an overwhelming response from the city, the track became an instant classic. “My Table” also intrigued the ears of many well known industry figures such as Dj Aaries who was at the time a Legion of Doom Dj Now Hood Hard Ceo, TJ Chapman who also featured the song on his website Tjs https://www.tradebit.com, "My Table" was also featured at one of the biggest events in Atlanta, Georgia, known as the ATL Record Pool organized by P. Brown of Street Talk promotions in the fourth quarter of 2007. My Table was also featured on dj Frank White of 97.9 jamz Montgomerys Most Hated mixtape that eventually led to L-Gin opening up for Interscope artist Rich Boy and also opening up for an independent group known as The Alliance. "My Table" landed spots on numerous Mixtapes throught the south such as Jimmy Hurricanes Southern Invasion Mixtape series, even on an overseas mixtape series called "Grind Time" hosted by mixtape giant Dj Ames just to name a few. Not only has L-Gin conquered the element of becoming a talented artist and song writer, L-Gin has also made his debut into the producing world with his latest Mixtape release in 2008 titled “Never Fold”. L-Gin produced eight of the seventeen tracks on this project recorded at Strident Trax Studios ran by Cope Till using top of the line recording equipment. While traveling this long but rough road to become successful in the music business, this unsigned independent artist stays grounded while making music for the masses, he also knows when its time to make music for the ladies, and most of all L-Gin knows the difference between writing hits and making ordinary music, but let the truth be told, there is nothing ordinary about this extraordinary song writer slash artist slash producer.

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