November 2, 2016


Dex Lauper Video Premiere: Watch 'Special Vibe'

Dex Lauper is a rising rapper who is ready to make his personal stamp in the industry. Today, Fuse is exclusively premiering his new video for his latest single, "Special Vibe." Lauper, who is Cyndi Lauper's son, wants to break away from the famous child stigma and do things his own way.

The artist is prepping the release of his As Life Goes On project, which will arrive before the year's end. Scroll down to read our chat with Dex Lauper, where he talks about his love for Kid Cudi, his dream collaborations and more.

Fuse: Can you tell me the story behind recording “Special Vibes”?
Dex Lauper: It was just a really special experience with a relationship I had. She could stand in the middle of anywhere and still shine on her own.

Do you feel any pressure because you’re Cyndi Lauper’s son?
She’s her own artist and I’m my own artist, and we just support each other. I put all my emotions and things that I go through every day in my music.

Who did you enjoy listening to growing up?
From Dr. Dre to Biggie, to Nina Simone and AC/DC. I listened to everything because I had someone who was in the industry around me.

Which producers did you work with on the upcoming As Life Goes On project?
My brother Reazy Renegade, he did a bunch of stuff like “Welcome to My Hood” for DJ Khaled. Flair Fifth who did “Special Vibe” and worked with Yo Gotti and Young Thug. I want people to have a good feeling when they listen to my music.

Do you have any dream collaborations?
Definitely Dr. Dre because his album was the first I ever bought, and A$AP Rocky because he’s one of my favorite artists. Also Kid Cudi. I listened to him during some of the darkest parts of my life, and it helped me get through a lot of things.

With Kid Cudi currently in rehab, is there anything you’d like to say to him?
Honestly, just keep making music. With what he’s going through and how he’s feeling, just put that into his songs. That’s always been his best move.

There’s always controversy in the rap industry, and the current one is the old heads vs. new faces. For example, Lil Yachty previously said he doesn’t know classic rappers.
I fuck with Yachty, but I also know just growing up in the industry that you gotta respect the ones who laid out the path first. I have good vibes with everybody.

How do you plan to combat the ongoing stereotype of white rappers trying to take away from Black culture?
I make music, I don’t pay attention to that. I’m educated in an industry-sense; knowing how to speak and move around. 

What is the best advice you’ve received thus far?
My mom told me that songwriting is going to have a beginning, middle and end. I didn’t understand that until I really started locking in the studio. Songwriting is a story; there’s always a reason behind it. Once I grasped that, everything else started to make sense.

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