Rapper Anthony Lucius may hail from the Metro East, but heâs not letting that stop him from making it in St. Louis and beyond.
âSmino, Mvstermind, thereâs so many people in St. Louis â itâs crazy. I just want to be with that,â says Lucius, determined to be part of the St. Louis scene he admires.
But he senses a barrier between St. Louis hip-hop artists and their Metro East counterparts.
âIâm a man on a mission,â he says. âIâm showing I had to come from East St. Louis to St. Louis to prove myself. I just want to be heard. There arenât a lot of resources in the 618 (area code). As much as I appreciate St. Louis and everything St. Louis has been doing as far as helping me out, Iâm trying to do the same thing for people around here.â
Lucius says Metro East hip-hop artists âmay be too stubborn to go over the bridge. Iâm trying to get other 618 artists to come along with me.â
He hopes to make his mark with his debut album, âWelcome to St. Lucius,â which features âBridge,â setting the tone for the album. âWelcome to St. Luciusâ follows a couple of earlier mixtapes.
âIâm trying to push what I feel is unique with my sound. Weâre making our own sound, and I feel like weâre coming up with something special,â says Lucius, who produced his album and created his music with co-engineer Travis Scott III. âI really capture it with my pen and how I rap on the mic.
âThere are a lot of things going on now that are imitations. Everybody is trying to be another artist. But the time I put into this, you can tell the progressions ever since Iâve been going by the name Anthony Lucius. Iâm telling my story in chronological order,â says Lucius, whose full name is Anthony Lucius Walker Jr.
Lucius says what he does musically is âeasygoing and impactful. Iâm telling the landscape of what I go through. It definitely challenges the definition of hip-hop. Lyrically, I make sure Iâm staying true to myself. Iâm honest and I donât like to sugar-coat. Iâve always been blunt.â
In addition to âBridge,â songs on âWelcome to St. Luciusâ include âFoolâs Goldâ featuring Teacup Dragun, âSt. Luciusâ with Sebo Lee, âTalkinâ Out of Boundsâ with 4 Louie, âJust Anthony Lucius,â and âSwerveâ featuring RT-Faq and Nick Menn. He considers the latter two performers to be his biggest influences.