NEWPORT NEWS, VA – When Dallas, TX native LaGary Lee Sr. returned home from serving four and a half years in the Navy – including a tour in the Persian Gulf on board the USS Theodore Roosevelt – there was one single driving factor in his decision to pursue music full-time.
“I didn’t want to go back to work,” he said. “I mean, I really didn’t want to do just some random job to make money. So I figured I’d work on my hobby full-time, and that’s making music.”
That hobby is something he’s played with for many years. And though he did release a single while serving in the Navy, it wasn’t something he pushed or marketed, and he had never really pursued music as a career until recently.
His new single, “G-Lee Intro” – which he’s releasing under the stage name Mr. G-Lee – is a more serious and mature sound that he hopes will introduce him to the hip-hop world in a way that will make fans’ ears perk up. He describes himself as raw – a throwback, if you will, to the sounds of hard-core gangster rappers from the 80s and 90s. And though that’s not necessarily a sound well represented in today’s hip-hop world, he still believes there’s a niche for the type of music he’s bringing to the table.
“Raw, hard-core-rapping gangsters making reality music is kind of a dying breed,” he said. “There’s not a lot of aggressive content out there – just a lot of dancing and hollering. I bring that old-school lyricism back. I’m a lyrical person. I like when I can actually hear what the person is saying and can get into it and relate some of it to my own life. Usually for me it starts with a good beat, or if I hear another good song that could serve as inspiration to make one of my own. Either way, once I’m in the zone I can roll, and I just want people to like it and get some enjoyment out of it.”
Mr. G-Lee said he first started rapping when he was young for a very simple reason: people would dig it. He still loves to perform to this day, in fact, for much the same reason.
“I love performing live because you’re doing something good that a crowd can vibe to and it’s intoxicating,” he said. “Last year I did a live show in my home town in Dallas, and it was that live show and the feeling that I got from it that gave me the confidence to know that I can do this full time. And I’m anxious to see how far I can go with it.”
Fans who want to sample some of his music can check out the music video for the single “G-Lee Intro” on his YouTube page. Fans can also follow him on social media for more information about upcoming music releases or live shows on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.