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What do you get when you mix together two hippie parents, a grandfather that sang with legendary artists, Santa Barbara college radio, and tight pants? Well if you’re an underground hip-hop fan, then the answer is Lexicon.

Having performed all over the globe and having music featured in movies and TV shows, Lexicon now adds live instruments to create a unique sound in the hip hop world. After taking a three-year leave from the music scene after an outpour of tight jeans wearing, long haired, mini-Lexicons, and a plethora of commercialized mainstream and underground hip hop, Lexicon has come back, better than ever, promoting their party infused lifestyle with eloquence. LAist was able to catch half of the L at prehaps one of the most entertaining dive bars that LA has to offer, thanks Nick!

LAist: After keeping fans in dire anticipation for three years, what inspired you to reinvent Lexicon as a rap/rock group?

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Lexicon: We were really upset with the state of Hip-Hop, mainstream and underground, and really music as a whole. After Youth Is Yours was officially done, and we were ready to start working on the new record, we knew we wanted it to be something different than what we were doing and what everyone else was doing, we just weren’t sure what. We are working with C-Minus now, who has a whole different edge than Cheapshot, so there was no reason to even try to duplicate the sound we created with Cheapshot over the previous years. So we tried and tried and tried…in the past three years we have literally recorded 100 songs. Just looking for the right sound and mesh. We had a side project we were working on with a friend of ours named Chris Lee from a band called Goldspot, which was a rock project, and the two just started to blend together. And a little bit at a time we started to figure out exactly what it was we were trying to accomplish here, and then it all came together as what you’ve got here!

How is Lexicon staying true to Hip-Hop?

It’s two turntables, an SP-1200, and two emcees. It’s Hip-Hop at the base, we just added guitars. We’re keeping it real to ourselves! We’ve said FUCK IT, to all of the confines of Hip-Hop to be more real in our minds. Our lyrics are pure Hip-Hop, the drums are pure Hip-Hop, and the swagger is Hip-Hop. On probably our most rock sounding sock off of the upcoming LP, c-minus flipped the famous Apache drum loop in a way never been done. THAT’S HIP-HOP.