Providence’s youngest and most dapper rapper and Bryant University student, John Phelps, or as his fans know him, Lunchbagg, just came in to answer a few questions about his newest and fourth release “The Morning After”. This album is dope, with each track being fresh and unique. If you’re reading this and want to read more about Lunchbagg, check out his website: Lunchbagg.bandcamp.com
When did you start rapping?
I started rapping in my freshman year of high school, I only started to take it seriously after the release of my mix tape, “The Paper and Pen Love Affair”. That’s when people really started to notice my stuff and paying attention to the movement.
What kind of music did you grow up with?
My mom always played a lot of classical and jazz
in the house, so I heard a lot of that. As far as what kind of music I got into first… That was punk rock. I worked at this small deli and would hear about all kinds of punk and metal shows in the area, so I just started going around to them.
Who would you say your biggest influences are?
Lupe Fiasco was the first rapper I heard that really made me want to emcee. Hearing “The Cool” for the first time was what made me want to start writing.
I also drew a lot of inspiration from watching punk and metal bands and how they played on stage. The energy and the passion for performing were always on point.
How have you progressed since you began?
I’ve gotten so much better with producing and sampling. It’s always been about being better than I was yesterday and making this project better than the last. Same with my writing. I’ve even gotten better with handling criticism and improving myself.
So why “The Morning After”?
There are a couple of reasons, but one of them is that “The Morning” represents a new beginning, a new life or another chance and the “After” part just symbolizes that whatever happened before is in the past, and whatever is to come is only going to be brighter.
What’s your favorite track on the album?
They’re all dope.
Facebook or twitter?
Facebook for the music profiles and twitter because it gets raw sometimes. People censor a lot less, which is always interesting.
How did you come up with the album cover?
Fernando Flaquer came over to my house and
we tried out a couple of ideas that didn’t end up working, then we got the idea to use the bear and it just made a lot of sense. Even as we were shooting it, a whole bunch of ways that the image applied to the theme of the album started popping up.
What’s the craziest thing you have seen on a RIPTA bus?
Something that Bryant University wouldn’t want published in their newspaper!
What are the advantages and disadvantages about being a performing artist in Providence?
For a while it was the lack of support between artists, but now I feel like we’re starting to take strides away from that and really support each other. If we move as a group, it is impossible for us not to be noticed.
What’s one thing you want your fans to know about you?
I’m left handed.
Peanut butter or cream cheese on your bagel?
Crunchy organic peanut butter all day.
Anything you want to add?
Thanks to everyone who supports the movement and everything that I’m doing. It is nowhere near where it is going to be, but we’re well on the way.