By: Shirley Ju (@shirju)
Lil' Eddie is the epitome of a well-rounded musician.
From producing to singing to songwriting, the New York native proves chasing your dreams and turning them into a reality is possible if you work hard and stay true to yourself.
In fact, he has sold over 1 million records in Japan, which includes five #1 albums in Japan, and a greatest hits album.
AllHipHop caught up with Lil' Eddie in Los Angeles to discuss being discovered by Diddy at 16 and working with some of the greats.
AllHipHop: Talk about that moment of being discovered, you were 16 right?
Lil' Eddie: Yeah. I mean, I was a little rough around the edges. I was a New Yorker, and I was just like, “you’re either going to f##k with me or you’re not” kind of thing in mind. It was just insane, I was like wow, I really made it from garbage cans to being in front of Diddy singing right now.
AllHipHop: What was going through your head?
Lil' Eddie: I was singing on the train on my way back from work. Somebody followed me out the door and I thought they were going to rob me. But they were just like, “Man, I was hearing you sing. I know somebody that can help you.” I was like, “Yeah whatever, everybody’s somebody here.” They took my demo and gave it to Eddie Morales, who gave it to some people who were working with Busta and Diddy. They moved it around in New York, and I was in front of Diddy in no time.
AllHipHop: Diddy is so motivating, what’s been the greatest memory that you share with him?
Lil' Eddie: He taught me so much about songwriting. I remember writing songs and I would be tired. He’d be like, “How many hits you wrote today? Keep going!” And then when I would write some lyrics, he would say, “You can’t say that, that’s just shallow. You need to think a little bit bigger. Think about the process of the leaf falling from the tree, when the wind blows it from the right or to the left.” He would be very descriptive and push me to write better lyrics.
AllHipHop: You recently released 2 records, “Island” and “Toma” which are both more Caribbean focused. Can you talk about the creative process with these?
Lil' Eddie: They’re just "heart music," music from my heart. Stories about love. “Toma” is a story about lifestyle and culture and just a popular expression that we use for “take that.” Like there you go. It’s just the beginning of what’s to come for me.
AllHipHop: Do you have any upcoming shows in LA?
Lil' Eddie: No shows. I’m really just trying to release music and touch people again, and wake people up. Just get some more people to know my music and really start building a bigger fanbase and audience in America. And then really start doing some shows, but I have a lot of ideas and a lot of great things happening.
AllHipHop: What is your take on the music industry?
Lil' Eddie: I don’t know, I’m too in the streets. It’s important to focus on the business but as an artist, it’s important to focus on the material and just the music itself. Not to get caught up in what’s right or what’s wrong, or who you think people want you to be. You gotta learn how to be yourself and how to be authentic. That’s how you’re really going to touch the people, and that’s my goal right now.