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Nominated for best track and releasing a brand new one, DL Down3r and crew tearing it up!
01 Sep 2023

Some impressive news for fans of Coping Mechanism, a killer album from the minds of DL Down3r and Lokust Luciano! This album has it all, from rap anthems that will get your head nodding, to the titular track “Coping Mechanism” which examines heavier themes such as drug abuse.

Lokust Luciano and DL Down3r have become closer and closer as time has gone on, and to cement this, this honest track shows us their brotherhood. The song’s format manifests as Lokust telling the listener about his struggles with drug abuse, and the excuses he gives himself and others in order to continue using drugs as a crutch. Then DL comes in, and effectively sits Lokust down to have a serious conversation about the dark path he’s going down, from one friend to another, from one victim of drug abuse to another. The message of the song is clear: the problems that can be found in life are worth facing directly, when the alternative is avoiding them via drug abuse. Avoiding one’s problems through drug abuse is far worse than just facing them. It simply adds to the problems you’ll have to eventually work through or die trying, once the illusion is broken and it all comes crashing down. DL is known for songs like this, so it’s great to see Lokust teaming up and pitching in for this one too.

Well, the public agrees. Another track on the Coping Mechanism album is certainly a stand-out hit, that being “Let’s Talk About It”! This one features Cordell Drake as well as Lokust and DL, and it got nominated for the best hip hop song at the Central Valley Music Awards! This collaboration is definitely turning some heads, and it’s great to see this level of appreciation extend beyond growing internet stats!

What do you readers think? Which is better, Coping Mechanism the single, or Let’s Talk About It? Whatever your opinion is, we can all agree that the crew have definitely outdone themselves with releases of this quality.

But that’s far from the only news. If you’re keen for quality releases, you’re bound to get hype when you hear this – a brand new track is coming out very shortly, in just a few days no less! Give a warm welcome to “Lil White Lies”!

Down3r has been teasing this one for a while, and it’ll be awesome to finally hear the hype come to fruition. The crew have definitely been making waves, and we’re looking forward to whatever they bring out next! But if you’re out of the loop, who are these guys? Cordell Drake will be fresh in plenty of people’s minds since the “Do That” music video, and it’s great to see him sticking with this squad through thick and thin!

Lokust Luciano was born William Arciszewski on June 21st, 1988 as a premature baby, and diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy. He grew up in North Fort Myers and began writing poetry at the tender age of 9 years old. He has been active in multiple facets of the Hip-Hop scene since 1998. He moved to Florida for leg surgery when he was very young, as the medical world at the time (1988) didn’t have a solid understanding of Cerebral Palsy yet, so he had to seek out an expert specialist. Orlando was the only place he could go for it, and he came out on the other side grinning. He is well known in the underground music scene for his production talent and lyrical delivery. He is also sometimes known by the handle “Crippled Kingpin”.

The adversities he has overcome are now a part of his personal aesthetic, showing his strength and sturdy sense of humour. His creative drive is unstoppable, and we’re sure you’ll agree when you see some of the hits from his catalogue that have been turning heads his way! We’ll see you there, and until next time, do what we’re planning to do… keep your ear to the ground for some spicy new releases from the Kingpin himself!

For more, check out Lokust’s bio here!

And of course there’s DL Down3r, the mastermind behind Suga Boom Boom, which the lyrics of Coping Mechanism about “chasing dragons” are a reference to. Through fierce and funky west coast rap, DL Down3r shares his prolific work with the rest of the world, and the stage with west coast rap legends such as Coolio, Brown Boy, Jay Tablet, Lil Young, Snoopyblue, LadyDice, Baby Bash, Steel City Hustlers, King Z and DJ Kane to name a few.

From powerful messages, lyrical poetry and sharp comments on society, to G-funk and Trap/EDM hype songs, he proves that age and experience is the opposite of a liability in today’s rap game. Blast it loud, get ready to feel something, and rest assured knowing that hip hop never died!


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