What is the logic behind your name?
Well LTS is an acronym for Lyrical Truth Spillah. When you rap or rhyme some catz say you spill verbs. So I lyrically spill verbs about the truth, which is Christ.
How long have you been into Hip-Hop?
Well I'll say I was first exposed to hip-hop at around maybe 5 or 6 over my God brotherís house. He was always playing Will Smith and my God sister was a HUGE Run DMC fan. I first started rapping in about 8th grade with my brother Rahman and my boy Ed. We were the "Natural Destruction Klan" but we weren't representing the Lord. When my mom died it was like a wake up call and I realized I had to be totally sold out for the Lord so I started using my talent for him. This was in 96 I think.
How did the rest of your family react with the news of you becoming a Christian artist?
It seems that when my brother and sisters found out that I was rapping for the Lord they decided to try their hand at it. It just turned out that we all had a talent for it and now we all rhyme for the Lord. My Dad wasn't to cool with it at first but now he realizes just how much the Lord is using it so he's more receptive to it.
Explain 39 Lashez. Who is who?
39 Lashez consist of Judah Priest, Realyfe, LTS, The Young Sonz (First Child and DeuceLyfe), and Rose. We say we're 39 Lashez because when Christ was whipped 39 times he was whipped for us, for our sins. So in a way the 39 Lashez represent us.
How did you become part of 39 Lashes?
Well I first came to Lashez with a partner, Spy One, and we were known as the Sonz of Vision. Spy One had a friend at school who gave him Priest's number and the rest is history. Sonz of Vision hooked up with Lashez and because of his rigorous work schedule Spy One had to take a break.
What was your first single/recording?
My first single was actually a crap song called No Tomorrow I sucked so badly on the jawn that my verse never took off though. Later on I was on the song After the Storm and Priest was like that's tight yo. Why couldn't you do that for No Tomorrow?
What was/is your favorite single/recording you did?
My favorite recording is The Last Stand.
How would you classify your style as an artist?
Some have said I sound like RaeKwon but I really don't like to be classified. I just like to do my thing for the Lord and He will give me classification as his child and loyal servant
What artist(s) have you not worked with, but would like to?
Dirt, Kj-52, Ambassador, Sup, Truth, Witnis (even though I'm sure I'll work with him or rather I better) and BB Jay.
Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
In 5 years I hope to have maybe 2 albums done and producing tracks for the Lord. I plan to own my own business and still be a loyal servant for the Lord. Of course I'll still be rhyming.
Which sort of business do you see for yourself?
Maybe something in Computers or special FX. Maybe even producing music videos.
What do you feel is the toughest part of the music industry?
I think the toughest part is getting respect. Everyone expects Christian artists to be soft and corny so you have to come sharp. That is why I think it takes a determined individual to do this and you have to be really in tune to the spirit of God. God may tell you to put one word where you don't think it sounds tuff but the heads will love it.
What would the ultimate reward for you be?
Flipping rhymes with Christ on a stage in heaven with my mom in the audience and Rose, Realyfe, and Priest doing background vocals hyping it up until their verse comes.
What is your favorite Bible verse(s) and why?
Romans 8:28 which says All things work together for the good of them that love the Lord and are called according to His purpose. I think it calms down any situation knowing that it will all work out for our good.
If someone were to look in your CD player or tape player right now what would be in it?
Omega, Dirt, Judah Priest (soon to be released), Sup, and Ambassador.
Personally what does hiphop mean to you?
Hip Hop is just another way to express how you feel. I feel that Jesus Is Lord so in Hip Hop I express that Jesus Is Lord.
If you could change one thing in world, what would it be?
I would change the ignorance that people have about God. You know when they say Jesus was just a prophet or a good man. or refer to God as a "greater force" or even say that God is a woman. I've heard all these blasphemies and am sick off all of them. Jesus is Lord point blank and I am here to show that to people.
If you could have one superhuman power, what would it be?
I guess Mind Reading it would be so much easier to know people's problems and to be able to help them with it.
What should we expect from you in the future?
More rhymes and possibly some music production.
What would you like to say to all the new artists in the game?
On a MP3 I heard Corey Redd say "For the Lord Yall." I adopted that phrase and made it my motto so now I say to everyone whatever you do keep it strictly For the Lord yall.
How can your fans contact you?
Well my supporters can contact me at LTS39lashez@aol.com or LTS39lashez@angelfire.com.
Any last words?
Just a shout out to first of all my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, Omega, Beridox, Rose (Love you boo), Prizzy, Realyfe, Witnis, Nazarene Sect, C-Anos, Doulos, Cotc, Damond Butler, Shawn Grant and all others doing it for the Lord.