Kevin Lester

Kevin Lester

 SingaporeSGP
BandHip HopAlternative

Biography

Emotional, Hypnotic, Infectious.

These are some of the words used to describe Kevin Lesters music. As Hip Hop continues to be a global musical force, it has created strong influences on many international artists. While the borders of countries continue to break down, the world will be exposed to a new mesh up of styles and sounds based on fresh new influences.

At the age of twenty-five, after deciding to leave a successful marketing position in finance, Kevin thought he saw the future. Growing up in Singapore, rapper Kevin Lester aka The Lion City Boy, has a soul etched to the groove of Hip Hop, a vibe borrowed from the best of R&B and the raw exposed nerve of Punk Rock. Lester admits, Growing up here has taught me to respect all cultures. Were such a diverse, multi-cultural city that the closest people around you could be of five different races, each mixed with many other ethnicities. Because were a small country, about forty-five kilometers wide, you cant help but become immersed and affected by a multitude of different types of languages, food and of course, music. Its a beautiful experience.

An award-winning musician in Singapore, Kevin discusses his emotionally driven songs born from personal complexities and a life journey through a flow distinctly influenced by artists like fellow rapper Common, but with a sonically significant taste of indie electronic music like The XX too.

Like most musicians, Kevin is always searching his heart and writing new lyrics to express his inner most thoughts and feelings. It really started to pour out after a series of life changing events; the passing of a dearly loved family member and the disastrous end to an eight-year relationship. Amidst the loss and grief, it was then that a darker and more honest songwriting style emerged. Kevin expresses It felt like a total self discovery. In these songs I started to question myself about these moments; was the break up because of me and how could life be so cruel? The artist inside me began to embrace this and conceptualize the album. Im so proud of the music and I think its some of my best work yet. Im keen to share my music and what better way to do that then by being honest with the listener. These songs truly represent who I am.

The first single Hear Me Go is a song about how you don't need the trendiest hair cut or the latest street wear to fit into life or climb into a mosh pit. You can be a refined young man in a tuxedo wearing a monocle while sipping chamomile tea in the afternoon; but when you hear that one crazy track play, all you want to do is report to the front, bounce off the wall and go wild. It's a song about letting loose and being free and not being concerned about social commentary. The latter a subject matter he often promotes.
Danger is a song that summarizes the emotions that have fueled this album. In verse one the character questions why the world is turning on him, catching him by surprise. In verse two, his subconscious replies with a finger pointing back asking him to notice the character flaws that have led him into this pit. Danger is a super collaboration of Singapores finest musicians including: Bani Haykal, a young musician who is already a legend within the local scene, Sezairi, the recent winner of Singapore Idol and Aarika Lee, a stunning new female vocalist. The magical combination of each singers strength is a perfect marriage for the message and emotion in the chorus Gotta get me outta here.

Kevin shares, In my lyrics I try not to be so literal, so that theres a level of mystery. In the title track Everything You Love, You Hate, I talk about problems by merely touching on the emotion the characters feel while discussing it. I love creating mystery in the subconscious of the listener so they can experience their own interpretation of the song.

Will you still stand there kissing girls like Im
married to the music holding her in this life
They think Kev maybe its time you get a real wife
Eff it, we could be anything we wanna be
Im taking charge how they write me in history

In April of 2013 "The Lion City Boy" released his EP debut EVERYTHING YOU LOVE YOU HATE through SONY owned RED distributed label Vertusent. A focused introduction into the mind of a dreamer, his compositions are as self described, the point before the darkness in the dead end of a tunnel, two steps to be in and out of the light. The songs welcome listeners into his soul, while laying bare his insecurities.

The more you listen, the more you realize Kevin Lester has a rare understanding of the importance of being able to inspire and its true power to provide change.

Lyrics

S.S.A.

Written By: Kevin Lester

Hey man, I got a plan for our pain
Fill my pocket, I need a dollar to make a change
engrave our message on a silk screen frame
or keep a brick, with two yellow zig zag lines
why? coz stopping your hustle just is a crime.
Who am i? I’m the lioncity boy Hi, homegrown
Original, I keep simple,
Wash your eyes coz I offer more than a catalogue
And of course the reason you withdraw
Hater, I know a cat who just brag about nothing
just a scratch of the surface, they not worth it
so becareful you’re prasing, amen,
let’s clear the some over city, it was hazing
hate deejays who play my track and just fade in,
that’s just lazy, let’s make a change in this scene
reach for the skies now if you feel me

Hey man, I got a plan for our pain
Fill my pocket, I need a dollar to make a change
Change how did they look at us
Change all this talk that no one ever good enough.
make em care
Change all this haters
Change all these stares
You can’t take it?
Well you can kiss my..

Hold up up the volume you recording?
Let’s talk about me, they said that I’m important,
The flow so foreign,
improve the boring punch lines you so borrowed
like I didn’t know
that’s right the change of this game is upon you
the leader of the old and team, kuan yew
I put the mmph in your seat for you piku
Wave your hands high in the crowd so I can see you
The rule of thumb is to grind, that’s the gospel
Just pay your dues, stop suckin on the bottle
No free pass, Magazine said that I will revive
this beauty And all without pressin a single cd?
Impressin what you got when still have the time?
no rewind, mr mcfly call him marrty
follow me I’ll it start it off Atari,
hurry I see the finish line, plan the party

Hey man, I got a plan for our pain
Fill my pocket, I need a dollar to make a change
Change how did they look at us
Change all this talk that no one is ever good enough.
make em care
Change all this haters
Change all these stares
You can’t take it?
Well you can kiss my..

You're A Winner

Written By: Kevin Lester ft Tim De Cotta

When we bring the fire everything’ll thaw
Question your existence little food for thought
For you and you and all
Play the chorus, keep you bouncing like the players
Do to balls, now kao tao lower bro we will make you fall
Feel the chilli sauce, seeking for direction
Our mission when we pushing I envision further than abroad
God knows I could use some help, Good Samaritan
but I know, I’m not the only friggin fool imagining
Hold on, it could be a little testing
At times i’m jumping higher just reach the pavement
We building from the basement before the westin
but maybe it could be Me that’s save this,
oh wait now.. I mean starts this
Do we really have these rockstars amongst us?
What you need to support some instructions?
Check it. I’m a set new traditions like it’s customs

Chorus:
When I see the reasons/ to keep on believing
and I brave the seasons and keep on achieving
and I keep on movin’ on
you know I keep on movin’ on
You’re a Winner.

we should always look up to the sky
tell it to the mountains, keep our hands high
close your eyes if you ever, needed better
than you have like you the need a new angle, now do the math
plastered your heart and soul
into something a little foreign and it’s still feels cold
what’s that? I should better Get a job?
On the rig, risk my life just coz the papers large?
what they know about us?
I want No excuses to reach the milestones that I wanna polish
Say my name like Hollywood starlets
Coz all I wish for is to get in in international
Tour the world with kanye we headline festivals
this is for the hardworking who keeping up the fight
all evening, the peeps that we go why we do even?

Chorus:
When I see the reasons/ to keep on believing
and I brave the seasons and keep on achieving
and I keep on movin’ on
you know I keep on movin’ on
You’re a Winner.

So how we find wealth from this?
Now define wealth as it first, what’s your limit, and the price from their purse?
Quit the bull before the worst happens
It’s a hard time everyday on the clock,
To my surprise, the suspense is intriguing,
Coz I chose to Live life for my own better reasons,
Believing that it’ll pay off times a thousand
I found the formulae to the outcome

Chorus:
When I see the reasons/ to keep on believing
and I brave the seasons and keep on achieving
and I keep on movin’ on
you know I keep on movin’ on
You’re a Winner.

Rockstar 2.0

Written By: Kevin Lester ft Vanessa Fernandez

Take you back to school man it’s a service...
Focus coz i guide you like a tourist
I’m running tracks like usain,
Drop the pseudo change but it’s still the same game
Yes man I maintain
From the pavement lighting up up your atmosphere
Throw your Hands up if Lion City's here
Homes to the bikers like the Crank Arm Steady
Scope / Sketch graffiti art somerset skate park
I just Trying to get the cheese like the rest ya,
razor sharp like chico
Put your money on me like marina new casino
shino be through your camp azreal as the XS
and i plan to do bigger than my days in the BvF
flow Beat your face in like elin did to tiger
Rookies’ll learn my whole verse and use it in a cipher.
Sixx sign (HEY!) it’s a takeover

I'm a Rockstar, a Rock-Rock Star
Sittin with the models in the V-I-P
at the bar
(yea)I'm a Rockstar, a Rock-Rock Star
when you hear my song on the radio
it's gonna make you go
(oh oh oh oh oh oh oh oh oh)
(yea)I'm a Rockstar, a Rock-Rock Star

This my time too I can’t stop now,
Nah nah no. remember me
Obsessed with the radio, being on it can you hear me?
My theory is persistence
overcomes anything that resists or makes me think twice,
The science of achieving my dream, is sacrifice
I know it too well
From grange, targets we set to aim, admist some
Who came, found their luggage spin around the belt
Now the left. Coz the waits too long
so I twist up my finger. R. a radikal at large
Fresh on the bars like a flair, I got
Verses tear you up like a bear do, prepare..Stretch
mentalist manipulate your mind from my lair.
Sommelier, I spit the hate back in bucket
Like a wine taster do … realise lives is my affiliated crew.
You don’t Have to really tell me.. I won’t move sir.
Educate minds lead by signature sign
Trying to be a rockstar in sixty five. Rule it
So when I’m gone you will remember my music.

I'm a Rockstar, a Rock-Rock Star
Sittin with the models in the V-I-P
at the bar
(yea)I'm a Rockstar, a Rock-Rock Star
when you hear my song on the radio
it's gonna make you go
(oh oh oh oh oh oh oh oh oh)
(yea)I'm a Rockstar, a Rock-Rock Star

Kidhood

Written By: Kevin Lester ft Aarika Lee

It’s hard trying not to blink coz I never wanna miss
a single minute of it,
Because it seems to illustrate like waccom pens
And the colours
senorita Kim mentioned I was way different from her others
is it coz I look so common
oh the blogs say you can’t even stop him
do know fi, syaheed and Ko,
if I’ve never said it let me tell you now that I owe you all
cue the lights and applause
peep my sauce
I’m so tony let me show you who the boss
Dre knew he could tag along if he it gave
Him numbers from a girl he could move up on.
How we’ve grown but yet standing up we all still the same
Same though we different like the slogans
Let’s Take a weekend just to Dance to the night
Clink the glass and laugh at the good times,

Chorus:
Oh oh Oh
(Coz I feel it right)
Dreamin is living
Oh oh Hey
(where come? where we been? Where we about to go)
OH oh oh now
Dreaming is living
But I know it's where I've come from that matters

Now we all rocked the catchy undercover names, deco
Who I knew way back before we hit the teens
Tagging with these aerosols
by the bus stop Yes that was us boys thinking we were cool
Fast forward I’m sixx and food & liquor fueled
I see it like maria, where I’m window seated
Sister you can wait for it to happen I’m seeker
Rewind to the White and blue the colours of my secondary school
at Times it was my worst decision making
getting caught for ridiculous adolescent crimes
taking many things I never even wanted
though I had plenty money in my wallet
Kev you stupid What you thinking?
So I said prayer n started chasing dreams
we made it through the phases like my fat boy jeans
now I’m clean on the scene with these uniqlo’s, let’s go

Chorus:
Oh oh Oh
(Coz I feel it right)
Dreamin is living
Oh oh Hey
(where come? where we been? Where we about to go)
OH oh oh now
Dreaming is living
But I know it's where I've come from that matters

Yea I grew up listenin to kristang, tantu
Hello, let me introduce I’m half Grago
What I got though is memories
filled with anomalies from
these verses that I polished clean
but please don’t bother me
just follow me like a law or a policy,
we heading a rise against them and those
haters who constantly refute
but I still pardon radio from acknowledging my artistry
so I thank god I got friends like Julio and T
keep me on the ground like the air techs
hile the fires on the grill,
I’m not burning you I’m raising up the stakes,
Watch my team we a one band cindy kate
We will run this betcha
Since young I was Chasing it down like a block catcher
Bro I let My kidhood song getcha,

Discography

2013
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Everything You Love, You Hate
-marketed & distributed by Vertusent Music Group/Sony RED Distribution

Rocketship (Digital Single)

She Wild (Digital Single)

PYCO (Digital Single)

2012
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Hear Me Go (CD Single)
1. Hear Me Go

Thought About It (CD Single)
1. Thought About It

Blue Ribbon (Mixtape Release)
1. Blue Ribbon

2011
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Kidhood (Thangka Satellites Remix)
1. Kidhood Thanka Satellites Remix

2010
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Let's Talk About Kevin Lester
1. S.S.A.
2. Kidhood ft Aarika Lee
3. Rockstar 2.0 ft Vanessa Fernandez
4. Fresh Pair ft P.Cess (Thaitanium), SonaOne & Syaheed
5. Cartoons ft Tim De Cotta
6. You're A Winner ft Tim De Cotta
7. Overdo ft Tim De Cotta
8. Rockstar

Set List

3 types of shows possible:

Concert/Festival Show - 1 x 20 - 45mins, with projection visuals.
Club Show - 2 hours with DJ Koflow on decks & MC Boo supporting.
Simple Show - 2 x 15mins, with MC Boo.