St Louis has unleashed another hot rapper onto the music scene with that laid-back St. Louis flow that both the ladies and the fellas love. Daryl A. Ludy, better known by his stage name "Ludy" is the first hip hop artist signed through the Grind Up/Malaco Reords collaboration. This young rapper from the streets of Kinloch is not to be slept on. He has a quiet demeanor but his confident, melodious flow will soon come to be respected on the hip hop scene.
Even though music was always a big influence in his life, education always came first in Ludy’s household. He began developing his rap skills in high school, but his studies came first and he was an excellent student. The eldest child from a strong, close-knit single parent home, he spent his early childhood years in the tough streets of Kinloch with his two younger siblings. His family gave him a great foundation so that he would not be led astray by all the violence and crime that surrounded him growing up.
By the time he was a senior, Ludy began to truly embrace his innate style and charisma on the mic. After graduating in 2005 from Hazelwood East High School, Ludy began doing battle raps and writing without having to put pen to paper in the basement of his partner Remy's house. He had a small clique he rapped with around his neighborhood.
Ludy’s Uncle Champ, CEO of Grind Up Records (GUP), discovered his talent and put him in the studio and helped him to refine his skills. During this time, he continued to search for his niche by enrolling into Ranken Technical College in St. Louis for one year but he soon realized that music was his true passion and would be his key to future success.
His first single “She Can Get It”, produced by St. Louis’ own Laudie has already gotten over 200,000 hits on YouTube and is getting more and more air play each week. The buzz is hot in the streets and the ladies are waiting for his debut album on Grind Up/Malaco Records scheduled for a May release. This spring you will find him all throughout the South and Midwest on his promo tour putting it down and letting people know who the real Ludy is.
He’s already been on the road promoting “She Can Get It” and doing shows to hyped up audiences. The ladies have been lining up to see him and falling in love with the new tall, slim rapper with the model looks from St. Louis. Although he has a shy side, with his good looks and innate laid-back swagger, he is sure to be a true hip-hop heartbreaker. A lover of fashion from Timbs to Gucci to Rocawear………Ludy is poised to not only take on the music world, but also the fashion world.
“Everybody ask Ludy where you get yo sneaks, finest leather, like Rolls Royce seats,” Ludy spits on his single “Thang Right Therr”, produced by some of the hottest St. Louis producers laying down tracks (Laudie, Sagg & T Wayne of PI Productions). “Thang Right Therr” will be a hit on the streets and clubs and certify his name as a St. Louis rapper. “This song was about showing that St. Louis can flow and spit too,” says Ludy.
"She Sik Wit It", another Laudie production is a sexy party song that’s a true club banger. “Basically I’m talking about a woman that has the dudes and the chicks in the club checking her out and wondering who she is,” explains Ludy.
Ludy loved listening to some of his favorite groups like The Commodores, Luther Vandross, Earth, Wind and Fire, and The Temptations growing up and was heavily influenced by old school music. He combined his love of the oldies with his passion for hip hop. In fact, as a young child he was especially inspired by the west coast hip hop music era an to help memorize the words, he used to write down the lyrics of Tupac and Ice Cube. Today, Ludy counts Jay-Z as one of his biggest inspirations and methodically studies his music and lyrical style.
Ludy combines his strong belief in education with giving back to the community. He promotes the benefits of staying in school to young people with his “Justification for Education Project” charitable organization. He and CEO Champ of Grind Up Records have toured around many schools in the St. Louis area and in Iowa giving school supplies while spreading the message of the importance of education. In fact, Ludy will be receiving a proclamation for the work he’s done with the “Justification for Education Project” in Iowa promoting education.
Ludy’s laid-back St. Louis style and humble demeanor mixed in with his sharp intelligence and versatility on the mic will take him far as he continues his journey to hip hop stardom. "Everyone plants seeds into the universe,” states Ludy. “When the season comes for my seeds to evolve, it will be the season for my grind to be recognized."
For more information for upcoming events and calendar please go to www.malaco.com and www.grindup.com