Malik Brown better known by his stage name “Leek B” talks about how The pandemic has changed his approarch to music & how it might’ve actually saved his life
In most communities today to avoid the street life, Music or athletics are the only two logical options for our youth. When comparing the two the roads the road to becoming an artist is no different than the one to becoming a professional athlete.
Most up and coming artists find themselves in the ineviable survival mode situation when building their carrers. Similar to an athlete fighting for the last roster spots scratching and clawing their way into the industry, but Leek has been able to soar above it.
The goal was to tell his story, give hope back to his comminity and change his present and future family members future. Everything else like becoming the hottest artist or receiving plaques are just an added bonus for Leek.
“If i was to sit here and tell you that im in it to be the best that did it i would be telling you a lie. This rap game is alot like the NBA or the NFL. Alot of people dream of doing this but only a select few of us actually get a spot and a chance to make a career and living from it at the end of the day. Being called The GOAT is an accomplishment that I’m not even concerned with. I’m just happy to say i was one of those people who actually can say “I received that chance & did with it the most that I could.”
The Maywood native has seen it all being surrounded by poverty. From corrupted police to gun violence there isnt much Leek is not used to seeing. Even though he didnt have the best circumstances Leek still has found a way to overcome all of those odds and be a voice in his community while using his experiences to lead the new generation.
We recently caught up with him for a quick talk about his time as an artist, his inspirations, work ethic, his tips for the business side of being an artist, and more. You can find an edited version of the conversation below.
INTEVEWER: What made you get into music?
LEEK: I’ve been around music my whole life but I never really liked being in front of cameras. I was super quiet and laid back growing up but in 2011 I did this rap at my grandma’s church. That was my first time performing and I fell in love with it. Ever since then I been head over heels for music.
What were some of your influences that got you into music?
Snoop Dogg, 50 cent, Lil Wayne, Trey Songz, Kirk Franklin, Drake.
What project or single are you currently promoting?
My album I dropped back in August called The Life Of Maleek.
What’s your process for recording?
Honestly i just let it come to me you know? I sit back and let the vibe come to me. I used to write and go to the studio everyday but I started running into writing struggles. so now When im recording i just chill its no need to rush and ruin the moment. i usually write 4-8 bars to get the song started after that i’ll just punch in and out going off the head until I have it. After that I go over it one more time for a clean take and that’s basically it.
If you were giving an unlimited budget to make a project but could only choose 3 artists and producers to be on it who would you choose?
G Herbo, Money Bagg Yo, Polo G, Hit Boy, Kanye West, Zaytoven.
Besides the album what else is on its way out?
I have a few music videos coming that’s it for now really just pushing myself right now as I put the finishing touches on my own label. We are going to be releasing a group compilation tape to introduce the artists that are going to be joining our roster in 2023.
What advice do you have for up and coming artists?
Be patient, Be consistent, take it a day at a time & don’t be afraid to make mistakes.