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Have a “Smoothie at Midnight”

Media Arrangement by Jazlynn Marrero
Media Arrangement by Jazlynn Marrero

Larry June is a rapper from San Francisco who’s all about that ‘organic’ rap and his laid-back flow.. That vibe sets him apart. He owns his own business as well. He grew up in San Francisco in the Bayview, a vibrant and culturally rich neighborhood known for its diverse community. He also lived in Atlanta, Georgia where he stayed until he was 15. He was born to teenage parents, his father was mainly his inspiration. His dad casually rapped and when he did, he would go by “Big June” making his boy “Little June”. He rocked that name until he started to make music.

 In the beginning, Larry June sold his tapes at different high schools back in Vallejo. He then signed a contract with Warner music group, a top music label. In 2013, “Larry June” was created. 

Larry June’s music is all about those smooth vibes and healthy lifestyle. His albums really showcase that chill, Bay Area sound. The album, The Great Escape, for instance, is a fan favorite with tracks like “Ocean Sounds” featuring the alchemist, which is nothing but an amazing flow! Then you’ve got “Margie’s Candy House.” This song has a mellow and nostalgic feel, with its soulful samples and catchy melodies. It’s a perfect track to chill and vibe out to, whether you’re cruising in your car or just relaxing at home.

Another album hit is “2 P’z In A Pod” featuring Jay Worthy. If you were to ask me which songs are the best on this album, it would be “Big Funds” featuring Jay Worthy and CeeLo Green. The feeling you get is a mix of smooth, funky, and it has that motivational vibe that makes you wanna get out there and hustle. Larry Junes verses are slick, with his signature get-money mentality. Jay worthy adds that cool, collected cali flavor, and then CeeLo’s hook? Pure gold. As Well as “Leave It Up To Me” is a theme of wealth and lifestyle, as u can tell Larry June is a very mindful person. The core message is empowerment and not waiting for anyone else to give you what you want in life. This song is an anthem that reminds you to trust in yourself and your abilities to achieve your goals.

Saving the best for last, also a well known song by Larry June is “ SMOOTHIES IN 1991” the track has a laid-back, jazzy feel with its euphonious production and groovy samples. The lyrics aren’t just about the act of sipping smoothies; they’re a metaphor for a smooth, easy-going approach to life. Larry June uses imagery of making smoothies as a symbol for blending the right ingredients in life to create something good for yourself. Mixing in the good stuff, whether that’s fruits in a smoothie or positive moments in life. It’s a feeling that says “life is good, take a moment to savor it.” 

In conclusion Larry June’s verses often focus on his personal grind, health and financial growth, emphasizing how he’s made it on his own terms. All  these tracks turn into a kind of mantra for those who are working towards their dreams and goals. It’s a reminder that you’ve got the power to make things happen for yourself. Stay organic, and keep sippin’ orange juice. You can’t hate on someone that makes music about staying healthy, investing in yourself and setting goals in life.

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Jhanelly Ramos
Jhanelly Ramos, Staff Writer
She/Her Jhanelly is a nice and quiet person, but talks a lot when you get to know her. She's always in her own little world blasting music and doing her own thing. When it gets down to writing, she can focus and block everything off and create a masterpiece!
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