Virginia Beach hip hop artist Lloyd Vines drops new full length album Crucial Style Volume One

by | Aug 18, 2015 | MUSIC

Virginia Beach hip hop artist Lloyd Vines released Crucial Style Volume One July 28, a new full length album with l

Virginia Beach hip hop artist Lloyd Vines released Crucial Style Volume One July 28, a new full length album with longtime producer Landen Rose.

The two have worked together for years and released a number of projects under the name “Rose & Vines.” The duo released their first collaborative multi-genre mashup in 2011.

In the past, if you know this party animal’s work, you know he’s not just straight up hip hop. Vines incorporates elements of alternative rock, punk rock and metal into his music.

“Landen and I listen to so much different shit we wanted to put all of our influences and ideas into that album {Roses and Vines),” Vines said. “We really wanted to make something original and timeless. Im confident saying we achieved that. {We’re} influenced by pop, punk, hip hop indie rock, classic rock etc.”

But with Crucial Style Volume One, Vines gets back to his roots and what seems to be his true passion: hip hop. Its raw, some of its catchy, others are super heavy and it’s more than your run of the mill mixtape that’s just some guy saying non sense words over a few beats. No one song is the same and he’s got lyrics to back up his beats.

“It’s pretty much all over the place,” Vines said.

The hip hop artist has been plugging away at the new album for about three years and is happy with how it turned out.

“With the Crucial Style project I really wanted to focus on rapping for the most part like our version of a hip hop mixtape,” he said. “You know when dudes would put out a mixtape and just spit non-stop that’s what I wanted to do with this mixtape. The music we make under “Rose & Vines” is more guitar melody and chorus driven I sing, scream, stuff like that. I don’t think we stick with any particular genre.”

He just released videos for The Virginia Fleezer song, Kissed Her On the Mouth and a video for “Build Strong,” a RZA cover, which is on point.

Vines’ does a great job of covering the song and puts his own spin on it and the outcome is really solid and authentic.

“An old friend showed me the song and I fell in love with it,” he said. “It gave me the chills, made me feel something and the words are so honest.”

Vines went on to say he loves the emotion RZA shows on the track.

There’s also some movie clips thrown into the mix on the album from Big Fish so listen out for that.

Vines said he draws his inspiration from music, his friends and family and his life experiences.

“Mainly experiencing new things inspires me the most, helps me to understand and learn how to be a better person,” he said.

Over the next few months, Vines plans to release to release a couple of videos he’s shot and the new Roses & Vines project, The Perfect Conversation is finished up and Vines anticipates releasing that in September.

Amy David

Amy David

Amy David was the Web Editor for RVAMag.com from May 2015 until September 2018. She covered craft beer, food, music, art and more. She's been a journalist since 2010 and attended Radford University. She enjoys dogs, beer, tacos, and Bob's Burgers references.




more in music

Illiterate Light, PBGRenegade w/ Téy Renae & 4la7la: Sound Check

I'm keeping it local this week, because once again the local talent here is just so powerful and concentrated in Richmond that I can't help but talk about every artist at length. On this week's SOUND CHECK, you might actually be able to get tickets to an Illiterate...

Congrats 821 Cafe! A Favorite Richmond Hang Out Turns Twenty

821 Cafe, the unassuming diner/restaurant/bar on the corner of Cherry and Cary streets - where Oregon Hill and the Fan meet - turns 20 years old in its current incarnation. Andrew Clarke and Chip Cooke bought the place from its previous owners back in 2004, and have...

The Motet, Low Phase & Erin & The Wildfire: Sound Check

I know you're itching to get back outside as much as I am, but while the rain clears up we'll have to wait just a little while longer. We're almost in festival season where outside concerts seemingly never end, with sunshine and tunes galore. Until then, we've got an...

Chandler Has Gone Viral, Again

When your friend from far away Portugal hits you up with a message like, "Have you seen this? Do you know this guy? He's from Richmond and he is all over TikTok!" you can't help but check it out. And when you discover it's Chandler Matkins, it's almost a given—of...

The Descendents & Circle Jerks Show is Sold Out…

It’s 1978 and Los Angeles is mic-checking and clearing its throat before unleashing its answer to New York City and London punk rock. It’s about to birth two of the most influential punk bands of all time. Descendents and Circle Jerks, titans of the sun-drenched and...

King Kaiju, Lockedinkee & Nickelus F: Yo! Hip Hop RVA

Hey y’all! I know it’s been a few months since my last YO! HIP HOP RVA write-up, but the hiatus was necessary because wedding planning was consuming my life. As of a few weeks ago, I’m off the market! Now, without further ado… this week’s edition of YO! HIP HOP RVA...

Macrock XXVII, Circle Jerks & The Mitras: Sound Check

Well don't go looking for a lot of local acts this weekend in Richmond, as many of them will be trekking to Harrisonburg to participate in Macrock XXVVII. A two day affair that will span much of downtown Harrisonburg where dozens of acts will be gracing numerous...