Venting to the Beat
Charleston rapper LOBG is one of those artists with plenty of content for people that are just learning about him. Thanks to a hefty social media following and over 150 songs recorded in the last two years, LOBG has plenty going for him. This year alone, he released an 18 song album followed by a deluxe edition months later with even more material to hold fans over.
Trealer than Treal, LOBG’s massive 2020 LP, was largely written in a place most people don’t write lyrics: prison. “I wrote about 50 songs while I was locked up,” he said. “Probably about 80% of the songs I have on that album was when I was incarcerated.”
LOBG (pronounced Low-B.G.) attempted to follow beats he knew and loved, but mostly did things acapella, while writing the lyrics. Released in March after doing time for gun and drug charges, he got together with producers like ZachOnTheTrack to put the words to music. “I’ve worked with all of them for a minute,” he said. “I try to use my sources.”
The album, according to LOBG, isn’t as emotionally driven as some of his previous works, like his mixtape Treal as it Gets. But, most of the songs on Trealer than Treal are depictions of the life and times of LOBG, occasionally talking about the months he spent in prison. Some tracks like “Scoliosis” and “Made Me Like This” are heavy reflections.
“Hell no, my mama ain’t raised me like this/ but shout out to the streets, they made me like this/ shout out to my streams, they paid me like this,” he raps on the latter song’s hook.
Some of the album’s tunes, like “Isolated” and “Extacy,” use downbeat production to celebrate partying lifestyles.
Even the title of the project is a reference to things in LOBG’s life being “too real,” he said. “That was just an extension of everything that was going on.”
LOBG released a deluxe edition of Trealer than Treal, with even more new work. Initially, he had some trepidation about a deluxe version, he told the City Paper, not wanting to follow celebrity trends. But, his cousin convinced him to go for it.
“I looked at it like, ‘That could be some good exposure for me to drop some new songs and for the fans to get back on the older songs,’ ” LOBG said. “I put some bangers on that.”
For the moment, LOBG said he’s going to stick to dropping singles and music videos, instead of releasing another full project. But if his previous, fruitful output is any indication, he’ll probably still drop plenty of new releases for fans. While he puts that work out, LOBG said he’s working on his personal life now that he’s free.
“I’m starting to realize a whole lot of stuff,” he said. “Now, I’m trying to take responsibility and do the right thing and go the right way.”
LOBG mentioned that music’s helped him with that path and given him an outlet for his feelings. “I listen to myself all the time, mostly because I put a lot of emotions and feelings into my music,” he said. “I’m venting to myself, but I’m venting to the beat.”