Hip-hop could use a few surprises. Larry June gleefully obliges on his new mixtape, The Port of San Francisco. The Bay Area maverick is just as likely to rap about Whole Foods, cruising in a “Prius,” and James Bond as he is to ruminate on life and his hometown. No matter what he’s spitting about though, there’s a good chance he’s packing his fruit of choice, an orange.
“My music is meant to be electrifying,” he exclaims. “You wouldn’t expect it. I believe in the element of surprise. That’s what I’m working hard to do. Sock it to me!”
After popping up on cuts like “Ain’t Worried” alongside high school friend OG Maco, he quietly stirred up buzz in 2015 with a prolific run of seven mixtapes culminating on#GoodJobLarry. Merging Northern California lyrical technicality and booming bombast echoing the south, he attracted attention from blogs while cumulatively notching over 5 million Soundcloud plays with tracks like “Joog One Time” and “Glock 40.” Simultaneously, he hit the road and began packing headline shows—even rewarding crowds with oranges when they “deserve it.”
Larry hopes to incite change in the music industry with his The Freeminded collective by keeping listeners on their toes.
“It’s about being comfortable with yourself and not worrying about anything,” he leaves off. “You’ve got to do whatever you want to. I promote a whole different lifestyle. That’s my reality.”