Kinks, Drinks & Hip-Hop
With LTtheMonk having released his first album ‘Monk in London’ in 2015, describing his career, relationship with his home city and journey to adulthood, one could see how ‘Monk in Hamilton’ could have been the title of LT’s follow up album in 2019. He explores many similar themes, with the evolution of his story coming in the more in-depth exploration of his romantic relationships, place in hip-hop and the music industry, and more discoveries of his personal identity, yet all taking place in the Canadian city of Hamilton, the art and steel town in which LT has resided since his move across the Atlantic in 2017. However, hip-hop artist Diamond D’s 1992 classic album ‘Stunts, Blunts & Hip-Hop’ inspired LT’s titling of this album, an album characterized by the sounds of Hamilton producer Judah Jump, as well as Hamilton hip-hop and R&B artists Hoss Bowman and Viktoria Csik respectively, collaborations with New York’s own YoHanMadeTheBeat, and other Canadian musicians in Aisha Barrow, Lucas Hibbs and Owen Gow. LT also included long time friend, rapper and producer ROYOS from South London to remind the listener of where LT was before he was the Monk in Hamilton, and made album track ’33 Threes’ with producer Samuel Janyszek from the Netherlands, a talented musician whose work we’ve heard before on LT’s 2017 EP ‘The Dark Side Of The Monk’. From being London Made & East-Coast Trained, we now have LTtheMonk living, recording and performing on North America’s East Coast, in the Monastery with a life full of ‘Kinks, Drinks & Hip-Hop’.
1. Universal Magnetic (Time & Space) (Produced by Lucas Hibbs)//2. Oscar (Still Stuck In La La) (Produced by YoHanMadeTheBeat)//3. Papi Face (Produced by Judah Jump)//4. Chill//5. Mixed Kobe (Produced by Judah Jump)//6. 33 Three’s (Produced by Samuel Janyszek)//7. Judah’s Interlude (Produced by Judah Jump)//8. La Isla (Produced by Judah Jump)//9. Lapoleonism//10. Aisha’s Interlude (Feat. Aisha Barrow) (Produced by YoHanMadeTheBeat)//11. Bless The Rappers (Feat. ROYOS & Hoss Bowman) (Produced by ROYOS)//12. The Hood Or The Hipster (Produced by YoHanMadeTheBeat)//13. Till That Condo On Queen St. (Produced by Owen Gow)//14. Imagine (Remix) (Feat. Viktoria Csik) (Produced by Judah Jump)//15. Reach (Produced by Judah Jump)
Engineered by Travis Stoddart. Recorded in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada at Alleyway Sound.
Released March 2019.
The Dark Side Of The Monk
While spending time in California in early 2016, LTtheMonk had the idea to follow his 2015 debut album ‘Monk in London’ with an ‘LT in LA’ EP, over beats from solely Californian producers. Yet as he progressed with the song-writing process, LT found that he wouldn’t be able to say everything he wanted to in the confinement of a 4-track EP, especially on the topic of racial politics, which was a subject of huge interest in LT’s mind at the time due to his reading of Ta-Nehisi Coates’ ‘Between The World & Me’ & ‘The Autobiography Of Malcolm X’. Therefore, after returning from California LT decided to turn this new project into a full album, with the working title of ‘Race Music’. However, as well as discussing the topics of racial politics and identity, LT wanted to challenge himself to get more introspective than he ever had before in his music, which led him to play around with the title of ‘Thoughts From The Monastery’. This title remained until the midst of a summer Jazz, Funk and Classic Rock binge, in which LT re-stumbled upon Pink Floyd’s 1973 classic album ‘The Dark Side Of The Moon’. Sharing a lot of themes with Pink Floyd’s album in the discussion of topics such as mental health and fame, and always striving to study the greats and become even greater, ‘The Dark Side Of The Monk’ was officially born, and with collaborations with producers Versus and KimJazz, and singer-songwriter Josh Osayemi, LT has achieved his goal to talk about racial politics and identity, whilst also getting more introspective than he ever has before in his music. Furthermore, LT’s first effort at writing a song totally in French on ‘Il Faut Que J’Aille’ shows his intent to truly become a global force in music.
1. Tony Sopranos (Produced by Versus)//2. Cancettarius (Produced by KimJazz)//3. Il Faut Que J’Aille (Produit par KimJazz)//4. No Service, No Internet Freestyle (Human Beatbox by LTtheMonk)//5. Devil At The Crossroads (Produced by Versus)//6. London Made, East-Coast Trained (Produced by Versus)//7. Orange County (Peace 2 Ta-Nehisi) (Produced by KimJazz)//8. Dark Side (Produced by Versus)//9. Sold My Soul (Devil’s Reprise) (feat. Josh Osayemi) (Produced by Josh Osayemi)//10. Dazed & Confused (Produced by KimJazz)
Engineered by Tony Bird. Recorded in Bexhill, United Kingdom.
Released May 2017
Monk in London
Three generations on from Lord Kitchener singing ‘London Is The Place For Me’ on the quayside, we have LTtheMonk’s ‘Monk in London’. Inspired by Lloyd Bradley’s book ‘Sounds Like London… 100 Years of Black Music in the Capital”, on LTtheMonk’s first commercial album he used his relationship with the city as a metaphor for his journey and relationships in his life. LT built on the feelings he had discussed on Jungle Fever by writing his first true love song, as well as talking more about race and finding his true racial identity, in a Racial Draft inspired by the Dave Chappelle sketch of the same name. He discussed finding his purpose and place as an artist, reminisced on the good old days with his friends, and wondered about what the future holds for LTtheMonk. And with musical inspiration from The Low End Theory, Abbey Road and Moondance, these verses were accompanied by sounds made for every hip-hop lover, with the electronic, futuristic production of YK, Le3 bLACK’s alternative creations, and The Wayward One’s classic hip-hop beats. LT even took inspiration from Led Zeppelin and made a rock song with the band Merge.
1. Lucy In The Sky (Produced by Le3 bLACK)//2. London Hipeoisie (Produced by YK)//3. The 2015 Racial Draft (Produced by The Wayward One)//4. Richard Wrights//5. BBC (Produced by The Wayward One)//6. Mange Tout (Produced by YK)//7. Good Ol’ Days (Produced by Merge)//8. New Balance (Produced by YK)//9. Why Am I Here?//10. LTthe (Produced by The Wayward One)//11. Peter Pan Africanist (Produced by YK)//12. The Colored Album (Produced by YK)//13. I Love My City (Human Beatbox by LTtheMonk)//14. Outro//15. Tequila Mockingbird (Bonus Track) (Produced by YK)
Engineered by Tony Bird, Neimo Brown & Dextr. Recorded in Bexhill, United Kingdom & London, United Kingdom.
Released December 2015