Jeff Lucky

Jeff Lucky

 Charlotte, North Carolina, USA
BandHip Hop

Jeff Lucky is The Soul Motivator. His lyrics are raw, intelligent and passionate. With the "soul of a negro spiritual," Lucky pours himself into every song with season and craft. Case in point, "Forever Shine," both an indictment of the diamond trade and a description of Lucky's future.

Biography

If “Luck” is when preparation meets opportunity, then “Lucky” must be the only way to describe Jeff Lucky (Jeff Moonie, Jr.) the hard working multi talented MC from the Queen City, Charlotte, NC. With soulful production and sharp lyrics the man nicknamed “The Black Shamrok” accurately describes his style as “soul music translated through hip hop.”

Lucky started rapping as a teen and released the Charlotte underground classic Love Letters the EP with his group DPS. Lucky has also written for major television penning all of the battle lyrics and original songs for the “Read Between The Lines Episode,” of Cold Case on CBS. The episode was one of the highest rated of the season and Lucky made history when the title song he composed became the first original song to play over the case solving montage at the episode’s conclusion.
Lucky's most recent release is his debut solo album, the aptly titled Soul Motivation which chronicles his journey from Charlotte to Los Angeles, (where he currently splits his time) as he rediscovered his passion for hip hop. Lucky took a classic approach to the album, not only in the time spent crafting the songs but the packaging as well. Giving maximum value to the consumer the CD includes a 12 page booklet along with images and lyrics for every song. Already garnering fans literally from coast to coast people often remark that Soul Motivation “speaks to them.” Combining equal parts passion and intelligence with a turbulent life story that saw him experience the loss of several loved ones, including the murder of his sister/manager Cherica “Summer” Adams (for whom his label SummerSoul Records is named) Lucky’s music is honest, raw and relatable.

In addition to music Lucky is also an award winning filmmaker, directing and editing all of his own music videos and having won Best Documentary distinction for his movie Donor. He has also been nationally recognized as a quarterfinalist for the Nicholl Fellowship (The Academy of Motion Pictures) as a screenwriter. Lucky’s production is handled completely in house by his musical partner Brice Lampkin, and his production team The BrainTrust which includes himself and fellow SummerSoul Records artist Jorge Wesly.

Lyrics

I'M IN THERE

Written By: Jeff Lucky, Jai Honey

I’m in there feeling smooth I’m in there in the groove
Because in a suit or in the booth I’m in there making moves
I’m in it to win it too, independent, in control
I don’t need nobody else because I’m in there with SummerSoul
People see me now and say that I’m the next in line to blow
I’m inclined to agree it depends on how the summer goes
I intend to prove and show, until I’m raking in the dough
But really in my heart I’ll be alright as long as Summer knows
SummerSoul coming for the game they tried to keep us out
Knocking doors down I’ll be in there until it’s out of style
That’s gonna probably be a while with everything I get into
They heard I’m multitasking now they asking like an interview
Ever since I left the crib people been inquiring
Music business or the film, which one is he really in?
Look here I’m not innocent both is what I’ve been producing
But I rarely talk about it because I’m in there fucking doing it

It’s SummerSoul from the go, back even when it was slow
So you can bet when it blow
I’m in there, I’m in there
I’m in that spot on the low, on the executive floor
Negotiating that dough.
I’m in there I’m in there
I’m in there making moves, I’m in there breaking food
I’m in the east I’m in the west I’m in the dirty too
Y’all know I come with that glow I put it down at the show
You might have seen me before
I’m in there, I’m in there

Jai Honey
I’m in there feeling fine, I’m in there on the grind
I paid my dues and put in time I’m in there getting mine
I am never in decline, I am in there getting shine
I’m in California in a Carolina state of mind
Listen when they’re mentioning the game they gotta notice me
On the top. I’m in that position because I’m supposed to be
Getting hot, now the people trying to get in close to me
I’m in there for business if you’re not don’t be approaching me
I can take the industry to anywhere I want to go
I can flow or pop up on an episode you never know
I invest in myself limitations I don’t deal with those
But I got advice for anybody that would interlope
They just want to instigate wishing they were in your place
Now they’re standing in the way (fuck a hater in his face)
They are only insecure, angry they can’t innovate
If they ain’t in it for the cause you didn’t need them anyway

Hook

I recall back in the day, way down in NC
Rapping on the beat with the talent that people envied
Running with the Indians plotting to be a bigger chief
In the Queen City we hustled to make the ends meet
Ends meet? Yeah they’re meeting but they ain’t in deep
Now I got to leave because I’m trying to see them increase
Ain’t no reason to fight the instinct
Kissed my mama cheek and said I’ll be leaving in one week
(Hey hey) two days I’m on the interstate
Rolling on forty I’m about to break in a major way
Touched down new place I’m reinvigorated
Sunshine all in my face I guess I’m in LA
And I venture into my first show
I was in there going off. Y’all were in there taking notes
I was in a neighborhood, now we’re on another coast
Stamp it in the passport I’m international
I’m in there

Hook

NEEDLES

Written By: Jeff Lucky

On a mission so I’m trying to link
Started with an eye wink and I’m eyeing a tall drink
Thinking about the possibilities got her wondering
If I’m gonna work it out, shorty I’m ‘a work it out
Never been a problem I know I can solve women
Because I like all women, especially tall women
I prefer a veteran not a rooker
But if I got to draft me a looker I’m ‘a pick a six footer like you
With her own style, class but a little hood
Amazon profile thicker than a red wood
Pretty long legs girl I bet it spread good
Thinking about your head game because you got a pretty mouth
I ain’t scared to clean plate, you know what I’m talking about
Opposite of clean face. Why? I’m from the dirty south
It ain’t for everybody baby if you get the mouth
Then you got a bonus because I don’t need it to turn you out
Dirty mind and my thoughts ain’t pure
Now I’m staring at that manicure knowing what I’m ‘a endure later

Hook
First thought when I see you
Fingernails digging in my back like needles
Get a funny feeling when I greet you
Fingernails digging in my back like needles
Don’t stop if you think you should
Can’t be bad if it hurts so good
Having flashbacks and I’m thinking about a sequel
Fingernails digging in my back like needles

Black Bruce Jenner, stamina like a winner
Said you might have had a session before but you can’t remember
If it wasn’t for an hour then homey was a pretender
Something like a sprinter, I’m like a nigga from Kenya
Get your stretch on, we’re ready to have a marathon
Old school style fifteen rounds, we get it on
Clash of the titans, lightening with the thunder
Thriller in my villa we’re rumbling in the jungle
And yeah I grabbed your hair but what is the glare for
If I can’t pull that ponytail what the fuck is it there for?
Sweat pouring you sleepy it’s damn near dawn
I ain’t got no sympathy sweetie because you were fair warned
Wonder how I perform like it’s my own porn
It’s the brown liquor it have a nigga in rare form
And you’re regretting the promise you made to make it soft
Because the ride was fun but you’re happy you finally made it off
You said it felt like a dream and drifted off
But I know it was for real because I’m wearing the battle scars on my back

Hook

Girl you got a spot that a nigga trying to meet
You said it makes you too hot so I shouldn’t touch it like a space heater
Please try to be discreet it’s hard not to wake people
When you’re hitting notes higher than Seattle’s space needle
But I got to hit the bulls eye to make you climax
They say its hard as hell to stick a needle through that
But I’ve seen the promised land and I know my way back
I’m ‘a find it quicker than a needle in a haystack bet that
Don’t run now, bring it back
I’m ‘a work it like a turntable needle on the wax
Until it’s ten needles digging in the corners of my back
Hit you with a high dose, push your needle to the max until it snaps
What you looking for, why you reaching?
With that glimmer in your eye a little change in your demeanor
Must be feeling dangerous trying to tape the procedure
Put that camera on the speaker let’s make it a double feature
We can watch it for the evening but then we got to delete them
Scratches on my back are the only proof that we’re leaving

Hook

SOUL GLO

Written By: Jeff Lucky

When I ain’t get one spin on the F.M. after two years
People wondered what the F.M.’s after
But I don’t play games with a F.M. actor, I ain’t mad though
I ain’t even got to say F.M. backwards
Look some say the best get blacklisted
I figured me too, who knew so drastic
But I’m thinking about the future so I get past it
When niggas throw shade I get more resolved not reactive
Rewind regress I won’t have it
I’d rather reload release another classic
Yeah Love Letters response was fantastic
Think of what could happen that record was just practice
Soul.

Hook
I don’t know about them niggas that be flashing
I ain’t seen none of the checks they been cashing
Man that shit so tired we need passion
Cameras and lights keep flashing we need action
Soul.
But I ain’t hating on the game man
Soul.
Because everybody needs a gameplan
Soul.
And you can fake it till you get it
I’m ‘a walk it like I talk it nigga get it how I live it
Let my Soul Glo

Civil unrest prospects dwindling
Time invested but return was diminishing
Flame flickering, records didn’t finish them
All the momentum slowed down like Ritalin
Oh no guess the pressure got crippling
Damn what a pity Queen City they was feeling them
But what’s worse a never was or a has been?
Lucky thinking legacy, how they gonna remember him?
But struggles only make a nigga grind more
Sometimes got to take a step back to move forward
I ain’t worried if I slide more
Because even if I hit “E” you’ll still see me with a shorty that’s to die for
Therefore all eyes is on me
When I cruise through the street so fly and so free
And I stay shining no rocks and no rings
When you see the chest gleam you know what I mean
That’s Soul.

Hook

Look at what the paper do, stunting when you come through
Neck full of truck jewels people want to catch a view
Yeah they’re catching vapors too
Because you walked by looking so fly they could get high off the residue
Your currency is large, and I don’t mean the cash
A different kind of green look at how their eyes flash
A different kind of clean fresh with the purple tags
Pulling out the Benz key, that’s a different type of class
You see me walk past, you think I hate your swag
Never that, just some questions that I want to ask
If you spend it when you get it could it ever last?
Do you ever smile behind the windows of that tinted glass?
Happiness is less than half about the math
You reply that you can manage long as money’s multiplying
So I guess we add it different, no need to be divided
You prefer to chase swagger I would rather shine brighter
That’s Soul.

Hook

1 WAY TICKET

Written By: Jeff Lucky

Made a couple laps, he made some stacks
He brought it back put that city on the map
(Where you been?) Trying to maintain rocking different hats in the game
Switching lanes but you know I never changed
So the people know I never let them hang
If I ain’t done done it all, best believe I’ve done a little bit of everything
He caught up in the game. She works for minor wage
For every hustle different struggles I can feel your pain
The bills got behind? I know your storyline
It’s written on your face I read it in the worry lines
But don’t you worry girl I promise next time
Your eyes are blurry it’ll be from tears of joy and I ain’t lying
Once upon a time we had the right design
Thriving never just surviving, now we’re out here grinding
Only getting by but no more waiting for a sign
Point your finger to the sky we’re gonna remind them
Come on with me

Hook
Ain’t no stopping we don’t need to stay
So step it up come on with me I’m gonna lead the way
And pick up everything we need today
And if my folks go astray we’re gonna take them off the block
And we’re going one way to the top
No no no, can’t stop now

They say we’re half dead, we’re half in prison
We’re barely scrimping happy ghetto half living?
(Hell no) That’s what I figured so I only half listen
We were only have nots who never had enough attention
Probably had it rough, maybe had some breaks miss them
Now we’ve had enough so we’re having intervention
The eyes that were closed up for years about to open up wide
Minds strong from the time they’ve been ignoring us
Concrete dry no more funerals for us
With that liquor pouring down no that’s champagne pour it up
Because it’s a celebration you know what we’re celebrating
Buddy’s back from his incarceration but he’s staying now
He’s got incentive because his daughter’s about to make it out
She’s graduating magna cum laude and you wonder how?
Because she’s resilient, one day she’ll have some children
With that same ghetto blood, but that ain’t where they’ll be living
Come on with me

Hook

Coming up the way we do
Bad news and the same hood blues
It ain’t the life we choose
We had one foot in you never walked in our shoes
So you couldn’t understand or really ever know
That flowers make it through the concrete but only when the cracks show
And I recall a young rose about to grow
People figured he was special they could see the way his soul glowed
Coming up listening to war stories in the hood he absorbed them
Believing there was more for him
And when he could he used to close both eyes
And his mind would color outside the neighborhood lines
He saw the picture then so it was no surprise
The day arrived for him to leave he said his last goodbye
They told him always keep the street beneath your feet
But the people make the hood, take them with you when you leave
Come on with me.

FOREVER SHINE

Written By: Jeff Lucky

So we still rock diamonds to prove we on
When the rebels waged war in Sierra Leonne
Kidnapping little kids what a goddamned shame
That you could find the same diamonds in the platinum chain
Around the neck of the African American man who got fame
Now the ice bezzle spelling his name
Caught him slipping at the club and that boy got slain
Here and Africa we died for the very same thing
Can you imagine. Cecil Rhodes was a bastard
Visionary my ass. He used to terrorize the native masses
He’s probably laying in his grave laughing he raped Africa
Now blacks can’t give his family money faster
We have to think about the natives way back when
He disenfranchised exploited and massacred them
Just to get his hands on that gem, it’s been the same since then
Diamonds are a murderers best friend

Hook
Can’t tell us nothing we shining
Straight from the shore to the store and we buy them
Told us there were no more wars but they lying
This is for the ones that put the die in diamond
Shine when the light and that stone connect together
Just shine in the sun and the rain or any weather
The pain is forever, the stain is forever
The blame is forever I’ll forgive you never
Just shine

They say the girls start smiling when they see the rock shining
But have they heard of Revolutionary United
Rebels on the shore where the blood stayed running
Because the world loves diamonds and a war costs money
Guerillas need funds for the guns so they keep
People digging through the creeks until they’re armed to the teeth
They’ll even take a limb because the greed’s so deep
It’s a high cost to pay but the weapons ain’t cheap
They want the money from the jewel you’re seeking
You want it just to show your woman that you mean it
You ain’t kill for it but you put it on her finger
So you’re partners in the game it’s a marriage of convenience
Because before you got down to propose
Somebody knelt down in the muddy brown soil
They didn’t get a fair wage from their employer
Just a penny for their troubles and a body full of sores
Now it’s yours

Hook

Before it was a symbol of love it had appeal
Ancient Hindus said it had the power to heal
Now it represents blood and the power to kill
See the marketing is fake but the suffering’s real
Let me tell you what the conflict be
When a diamond gets cut you can’t determine if it’s conflict free
And the Kimberly process still got holes
Because I can smuggle mine over from the Ivory Coast
Then that blood free certificate may not be true
That’s if you care to verify and I hope you do
And there’s some Africans that hope so too
Because if you don’ t they could end up in a grave that’s as shallow as you
Forever shine

Discography

Love Letters The EP
Date With Destiny-Single (streaming)
Turnout-Single (radio)
Black Girl-Single (streaming)
Soul Glo- Single (radio)
Soul Motivation - LP
Needles-Single (radio)
All In Pt. 2 -Single (radio)
1 Way Ticket - Single (radio)

Set List

Life's A Gamble - Intro
All In Pt.2
Don't Worry
New Generation
Needles
I'm In There
Soul Glo