A Session With L-FRESH The LION
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L-FRESH The LION is renowned for his powerful presence, inspiring live shows and thought-provoking hip hop lyrics. In a short space of time, this Western Sydney artist has gone from underground community events and ciphers to national tours and major festivals. It speaks of an MC with a sense of purpose and self-belief.
Back in 2014, his debut album ‘One’ announced L-FRESH The LION as part of the new generation of hip hop artists making waves in the music industry. There was plenty of excitement in the air watching young people magnetised by the uplifting narrative of L-FRESH The LION’s triple j hit Survive. L-FRESH The LION then released his follow up album, 'Become' in 2016.
He took on the Fresh Prince of Bel-Air theme song and reworked it in such an original fashion, incorporating Punjabi MC; that it was spoken of as one of the best Like a Versions of 2014.
Inspired by the soulful movement in U.S. hip hop of the late 1990s / early 2000s, and the love and respect for his own cultural and ancestral roots of the Sikhs from Panjab, India, L-FRESH is an artist like no other.
Aligning himself with many social justice issues, L-FRESH The LION has dedicated himself to working tirelessy in the community. At present, he is an ambassador for All Together Now, Australia’s only national charity that exists solely to address racism.
Following on from 'One' and 'Become', L-FRESH The LION recently released his third album, 'SOUTH WEST'. This latest work is a reflection and a love letter both to his 13-year-old self and to South West Sydney where he was born and raised.
We sat down with L-FRESH The LION at The Woodford Folk Festival a few years ago to get his rather excellent and well-informed advice for emerging professionals in the music industry.