“Five Minutes With” Toronto Hip Hop Artist Lex Leosis

An artist well known for her dynamic flows, aggressive stage presence and elaborate story-telling, Lex Leosis is loud, opinionated, constantly fighting for what she believes in and hungry to make something of her family name. She’s got an attack in her flow, juxtaposed with a finesse in her lyricism and a hunger in her vocal tone. Her family gave her traditions, Toronto shaped her, and California helped form her sound. Growing up in the West End of Toronto with a single mother who worked around the clock taught her discipline, hard work and survival. It gave Lex the energy to perfect her craft, grow her career and exchange stories with artists from all over the world.

From humble beginnings, Lex first found a home in hip-hop at rap competitions and cyphers. She met a number of creatives through online rap communities and has dropped everything multiple times to join her peers in cities all over the U.S. to collaborate, make music and perform. Spending most of her time in the Bay Area of California, Lex has allowed her traveling influences to expand her music sound and capability.

Lex has spent much of the past two years devoting herself to the growth of her hip-hop group, The Sorority. The group made waves with a 2016 International Women’s Day Cypher, and since then have released a debut album to critical acclaim, and toured Canada multiple times, sharing festival stages with many great artists. Despite balancing the group, Lex has been hard at work developing her own music infusing her multiple inspirations, Greek identity, and personal history with her own flavor, and is excited for what 2020 has in store.

Outside of music and performance, Lex regularly works to equip the youth of today with creative tools to develop their own artistry. Lex is a mentor in the Hamilton and Toronto hip-hop communities working as a lead facilitator for youth programs that teach kids to write, rhyme and rap. A unique part of the hip-hop landscape, Lex Leosis is an emcee you won’t forget.

Lex Leosis
Lex Leosis

Name: Lex Leosis

Genre: Hip-Hop

# of Projects: 3

Latest Single/Release:

Favourite Restaurant:

Messini on the Danforth

Favourite band as a teenager:

A Tribe Called Quest

Favourite band now:

Phony Ppl

Guilty Pleasure Song:

Mambo No. 5

Live Show Ritual:

Water, breathing exercises, stretching, statements of gratitude

Favourite local artist:

Patrik

Sneaky Dees nachos, pasta from Terroni or a superfood salad from Fresh?

Bathurst station patty over all of this

Queen or College St?

Queen all day

Trinity Bellwoods or High Park, Riverdale or Kew Gardens?

High Park

EP or LP?

LP

Early bird or night owl?

Whatever time I have to get up/be up for the money

Road or studio?

Road in the summer, studio in the winter

Swiss Chalet or Roti?

Roti from Ali’s

Where can we follow you?

/LexLeosis on EVERYTHING!

FacebookTwitter | InstagramSpotify | Apple Music | Tidal |

Amazon MusicGoogle Play | Bandcamp | Youtube

Any shows or albums coming up?

New single “I Don’t Play That”. New Album in 2020.

 

 

Joel Levy
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