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The Fast Five: L-Fresh The Lion

L-FRESH THE LION has quickly become renowned for his powerful presence, inspiring live shows and thought-provoking lyricism. He’s answered The Fast Five for us!

What’s the first album you ever bought?
Man, that’s a tough one. I can’t remember. I bought a bunch of CDs back in the day. The first ones that come to mind are Craig David’s Born To Do It and Silverchair’s Neon Ballroom. I remember the cover art of Craig David’s album standing out to me and playing that record a lot.

I think Silverchair was something I bought because other kids at school were listening to it so I jumped on the bandwagon. The first hip hop releases from Australian artists that I bought were Hilltop Hoods’ The Hard Road and Brad Strut’s Legend Official.

If you could see any artist or band – living or dead – this weekend, who would it be?
Curtis Mayfield, for sure. Whenever I’m in a funk, I’ll jump on YouTube and watch live footage from his shows. His music, the instrumentation and musicality, the lyrics – it’s all dope.

Curtis Mayfield is such an important artist, historically, contextually from a socio-political standpoint, too. His art means so much. It’s inspired so many, especially in hip hop.

Whose posters did you have stuck to the wall as a teenager?
I had a Tupac Resurrection official movie poster on my wall. I remember my mates from music class back in Year 11 bought it for me for my birthday. They knew how obsessed I was with Tupac.

I was listening to his music pretty much 24/7 at that point in my life. That doco came out and I lost countof how many times I watched it. I still have it on DVD. But yeah, they copped the movie poster for me and it went straight up on my wall.

What song would you like played at your funeral?
‘Move On Up’ by Curtis Mayfield. It’s such a vibe. The bass line in that song is my favourite of all time. The energy. The lyrics. Everything about that song is a vibe.

Finish this sentence. The thing people would be surprised to know about me…
I always keep a few small bottles of Rare Earth Oil’s Narrow-Leaf Ironbark Eucalyptus Oil around, especially when I travel. If you catch the scent of eucalyptus oil when you’re on a flight, chances are I’m on that flight!

L-FRESH the LION was scheduled to perform on Sat 4 Apr but this show has been cancelled. Darwin Entertainment Centre is in constant conversations with artists with the aim to reschedule events where possible. Watch this space!

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