How Luh Dino Plans To Turn Up the Heat in 2021

Westside Atlanta rapper Luh Dino took some time to catch up with ONE37pm's Mike Boyd

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Representing the Westside of Atlanta, rapper Luh Dino first became known in the ATL area for his mixtape Notice Me. The tape spawned the popular single ‘My Name,’ giving the then Westlake High School alumni his first taste of success. Since then, the artist has released a plethora of other singles including ‘IDGAF,’ and ‘Ratchet Name Mimi.’ With a new project coming ‘sooner than we think,’ Luh Dino took a minute to catch up with ONE37pm’s Mike Boyd.

Boyd: ‘Ratchet Named Mimi’ is one of my favorite songs from you. Would you consider this version a remix?

Luh Dino: Yes it’s a remix! My cousin came over and I made the song as a freestyle. When I dropped the song, it did so many numbers that my label told me that we needed to do something with it. My team eventually came up with the idea of putting Vedo on the single, and we collaborated together to make an R&B record.

Boyd: Did you grow up listening to D.G. Yola? What does his music mean to you?

Luh Dino: That’s my cousin actually! My manager (which is my aunt) managed him as well. I grew up around him—he grew up in the neighborhood right by mine. It’s all love!

Boyd: For anyone new to you and your music, what song should they start with to get an introduction to you?

Luh Dino: Off the Up4Life 2.0 album I would give them ‘Hell and Back.’ That song is going crazy as well! Even with that record I kind of just put it on the project. I was promoting the album and not necessarily the song. I dropped the video and it just started doing it’s thing. It’s one of those songs that you can really connect to because I’m talking about everything that’s going on around me. 

Boyd: You have any producers you have been working with lately?

Luh Dino: Hell yeah! I’ve been working with Cartier Fly. I’ve been working with this kid Jay On The Beat on some of my newer songs too. I’ve also got Easy Money Caleb, and my guy Narquise who recently passed away. He’s the one I worked the most with heavily—we’ve got so many records together. Long live Narquise! Oh and I can’t forget Young Tago! I’ve been working with him since the beginning.

Boyd: Sometimes people coming up want to get money up front. Everybody deserves to get paid, but sometimes you have to put in the work first.

Luh Dino: For sure! When I first started out, I wasn’t going to be the one to charge everybody for a feature. Even now there is still some stuff that I will do for free. You have to help people out because once you get big, they will look out for you! That’s me all day long—I like to look out for people.

Boyd: One other person that you’re working with is DJ Sidereal?

Luh Dino: Sidereal is my dog! We’ve got some hits! I mess with his beats. Every time he sends me beats, I try to knock them all out!

Boyd: Talk to me about the Atlanta scene coming up.

Luh Dino: With Atlanta it is a lot of competition. I’m not even going to cap! There is a lot of young talent that is handling business. People are really doing their thing—everybody is hard.

Boyd: What should we expect from you in 2021?

Luh Dino: In 2021 I’m gonna drop a new project, and you guys are going to be the first to hear it! It’s called Prayer Heals Pain. We’ve got a lot of nice features on there, and I plan on going on tour if everything opens back up. I plan on flourishing as an artist and going up!

As we head into the final stretch of 2020, Luh Dino continues to spend his time in the studio putting the final touches on Prayer Heals Pain. For updates on all of his new releases, you can follow Luh Dino on Instagram and Twitter.

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