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Big Lean

Charlottesville, VA | Established. Jan 01, 2009 | SELF

Charlottesville, VA | SELF
Established on Jan, 2009
Solo Hip Hop Soul




"Big Lean Makes It Big Time Performing at the BET Hip Hop Awards"

CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA (NEWSPLEX) -- Lincoln Carr, known as Big Lean, is a young, talented and ambitious Charlottesville musician that's taking the music industry by storm.

Lifelong friend, Rhison Anderson, describes Big Lean as a humble, intelligent, young king who is always trying to better himself and those around him.

Big Lean wants people to hear his music and prides himself on bringing the "feel good" music back.

He writes, raps and produces all his music describing his sound as "very smooth, soulful, with a powerful message...definitely laid back."

Friends and fans say Big Lean is channeling The Golden Age of Hip Hop, which is an upbeat 90s style of music. His passion for music landed him a spot in this year's performing lineup at the BET Hip Hop Awards.

"I've been doing this for quite a while," said Big Lean. "Wasn't really nervous. I was more so anxious just to show the judges and people down there what I really have to offer."

Reminiscing on his love for music, at age eight he started making music on a little keyboard and the rest is history. A kid with big dreams, Big Lean took his music seriously after the passing of a close friend.

Anderson says, after the devastating death, Big Lean used it as motivation and put all his energy into making lyrically conscious rap.
Now, Big Lean proudly has ten released projects and produces music videos to spread his message.

"Coming from Charlottesville, which is a small town, I just want to relate to people like that," said Big Lean. "Even though you're not from a big city, you can really make it."

Competing against hundreds, he entered his unreleased song "Lord I'm Dope" into the contest and stole the heart of fans and judges.
Big Lean came in second place, but he was a judges' pick meaning the judges hand selected him to perform.

He traveled down to Atlanta and performed his original song on a national platform on Oct. 10.

"It definitely is a good feeling," said Big Lean. "Me growing up I had a lot of positive role models, main one being my father. I definitely want to change the world and change lives. Music is the number one communication."

The winner of the stage contest hasn't been revealed yet, but if Big Lean wins, he will receive $100,000 toward his musical career.
His now nationally recognized song "Lord I'm Dope" will be released on iTunes next month. - Talya Cunningham - CBS 19 News

"New Music Alert: Big Lean “Leanizm: Ode to Erykah”"

Starting off our holidays right is Virginia rapper Big Lean with his upcoming release for Leanizm: Ode to Erykah featuring DMV vocalist Janae. In this new project, which covers a few of the neo-soul artist Erykah Badu famous classics. Big Lean shares some knowledge with smooth lyrics over the beats we’ve all grown to love. Its clear that the Charlottesville native is trying to put a spotlight on issues going on in the black communities. As well as paying homage to a well-deserved artist. In Leanizm: Ode to Erykah, you will hear favorites like ‘On & On’, ‘The Healer’, and ‘Otherside of the Game’. This new project dropping Jan 1st is just a tease for what’s to come, Big Lean will also be releasing “De Facto” in 2014. - Jasmine Clay Hip-Hop Enquirer

"Big Lean ‘Leanizm: Ode to Erykah’"

While working on his De Facto EP, rising DMV emcee Big Lean drops a 6-track EP entitled “Leanizm: Ode to Erykah.” On it Lean covers a few of Erykah Badu’s classic’s like: On & on, Other Side Of The Game, Window Seat and more with help DMV vocalist Janae. Check it out and let us know what you think. De Facto is set to drop in 2014. -

"Big Lean – “Lord I’m Dope”"

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Big Lean – “Lord I’m Dope”
Posted by: undergroundhiphopblog in Music October 31, 2015

VA native Big Lean brings an original 90’s inspired flow with his newest single “Lord I’m Dope”. -

"Big Lean: “Lord I’m Dope”(new single)"

The VA native is at it again with a B.E.T. award contest winning single, “Lord I’m Dope”. Big Lean is a part of the Hip Hop/ R&B group Smackboy, and has been on a roll lately with putting out dope music for the masses. Big Lean brings his 90’s inspired flow and smooth voice over his own production on his newest single “Lord I’m Dope”. The song will officially be released on itunes Nov. 6th

Be sure to check out Big Lean and Smackboy’s latest releases at: -


SupeRegular - May 2010
Stinc and Boog Show - Jan 2011
Locked in The Lab Vol. 1 - April 2011
The Outer Zone - July 2012
Young Oldhead - Sept 2012
Birthday Suit - Oct 2012 
Frieday - April 2013
Leanizm: Ode to Badu - Jan 2014
Defacto- Jan 2015




Big Lean, a Morehouse graduate, is an up and coming rapper from Virginia, who was inspired to make music at an early age watching his Fathers' 80's hip-hop VHS tapes.  He was motivated to take his music career to the next level after the death of his closest childhood friend.  He is a socially conscious rapper who uses a smooth flow to capture the ears of his listeners. His newest project, "De facto”, which has accumulated over 1,000 views on soundcloud, explores social injustices within American society over soulful J Dilla production.

Big Lean has performed at SXSW(2012), opened up for Big Krit at Center Stage Atlanta, and perfomed at many other venues in Atlanta, Virginia, D.C. and Maryland. "Nigga Terrorist", his newly released and  controversial single, has over 5,000 views on Youtube and is currently buzzing throughout the internet. Also his previous project, "Young Oldhead" has garnered over 40,000 views on Datpiff.  He has won several online contest, including one for Jet Life producers Monsta Beatz.  

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