The Break Presents: Larry June
The Bay has owned 2016, producing a ton of new talent when it comes to hip-hop. Kamaiyah, Nef The Pharaoh and Caleborate are just a few young artists who had a great year. One of the most unique newcomers beginning to bubble from the same area is Larry June. One listen to any of the rapper's records and his delivery instantly stands out. His monotone flow is his signature and the San Francisco native always rattle off life gems with each verse.
The 25-year-old has released two projects this year: the Larry EP in June and Orange Season in August. One of the ways June has been spreading his name is by tour. He's been hitting stages across the U.S. like a mad man, touring with Asher Roth and Post Malone.
June believes you just can't live on the internet and need to build in order to expand your fan base. "I think its necessary if you’re trying to get that exposure and trying to build that following," he tells XXL while in New York City. "That’s how you lay the groundwork. I’m a big believer in working. So I’m going to go and hit those place I never been before and I’m going to try and reach out to as many people as possible. But everything must make sense."
Get to know Larry June.
Name: Larry June
Hometown: San Francisco
I grew up listening to: "I grew up listening to all types of music; R&B, rap, different kinds of stuff. Musiq Soulchild, Jay Z, The Jacka, Mac Dre, all types of music from the West Coast and East Coast. My mom played more R&B music and I played hip-hop.
"I was freestylin’ here and there but I made beats first. Then I got bored with just making beats and I started rapping. This is a long time ago, [around the time] when Pro Tools came out. I started like in sixth grade. I started rapping in eighth grade. I liked rapping more and I like the process of recording. I get to express myself.
"I just kept on doing it and opportunities kept on coming. I never really knew this was going to happen. I never really had any expectations. [Getting] signed was a good experience, I have a great team."
Most people don’t know: "I played basketball growing up, elementary school to 10th grade. I could’ve went to the NBA but I just stopped. I played every position."
My style’s been compared to: "My sound, I just be talking. I just talk shit, flow and spit. I just talk about shit that’s happening in my life. I really never have any topics. I feel like with music you should never lie."
My standout records or moments to date have been: "Breakout song is 'Glock 40' but I’m noticing that everybody don’t know that song yet. But in my area it’s 'Glock 40.' When I dropped my first EP with TM88 is probably my breakout moment. That’s when I started to take music seriously. That’s when I found out what the blogs were. I didn’t know that then."
My goal in hip-hop is: "I’m looking to start my own grocery store called Larry Foods. It’s like a whole food store like Trader Joe's. I’m trying to do that right now, take the music and capitalize on a few things right now. Rapping was never my dream. [My dream] is a little house by the water and my family is good. Rap can do that. I love making music though."
I’m gonna be the next: "I’m going to be the next big thing because that’s what it is."
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