At the age of 24, Lowkey Lu already has over a decade of experience in the world of music.
While the pain is never far beneath the surface as he recounts stories from his childhood years and struggles as a young adult, he speaks fondly of the bonds of friendship which were forged during these times.
Listeners will immediately connect with Lu on a personal level as he shares intimate details of his past struggles with proverty, drug addiction and mental health.
"One of the major reasons I moved to Limerick is because it's the place to be when you're young, involved in Hip-Hop and want to collaborate with other artists" said Lu who is from Waterford.
"That has been my experience since coming here, it's like a melting pot of people from different backgrounds," he said.
Supported by his record label Equal Eyes, Lowkey Lu aims to break down all the barriers between himself and his goals with raw, honest storytelling over captivating production with the assistance of local artists and musicians in his debut album titled Something From Nothing.
As a producer he gained popularity overseas, amassing over 70k streams on SoundCloud while working with underground artists in the US such as Good WTHR and BX Yung Gz of Universal Zu Disciples.
Encouraged by these artists, he set out to tell his own story and to pave his lane into the Irish Hip-Hop scene with the 2019 release Manor Street alongside Slovakian producer Numberik.
Lu fell in love with Hip-Hop at the age of 13 and was influenced by the raw lyricism and pulsating beats of Eminem, 50 Cent and Dr Dre.
Fast forward 11 years and he's released his debut album, Something From Nothing.
Something From Nothing is now available on all streaming platforms. You can purchase the album from the Equal Eyes Records website.
-Martin Mongan, Limerick Leader, 2020