Great rap careers — great careers of any kind, really — are ignited with confidence and fueled by experience. LyQuin appears to have the confidence part down. With his new mixtape, “The Other Side,” due out next week, the Prince George’s County native would like to make a prediction: “I think it’s going to be one of the best projects to come out of the city. Ever.”
Now comes the experience part. This summer, he’s out on the road as part of a starry package tour featuring Snoop Dogg, Wiz Khalifa, Kevin Gates and DJ Drama, who recently invited LyQuin to appear alongside Chris Brown and Skeme on their collaborative single, “Wishing.” It’s brash for a slow jam, but instead of rapping his verse, LyQuin sings. Not a big deal, really — he says he never saw much of a difference between the two. “Somebody might give me a beat that I should be rapping on, and I might start singing to it, or vice versa,” he says. “It’s instinct.”
When Drama’s invitation to collaborate landed in his inbox, LyQuin’s first instinct told him to get himself out of bed. He had been laid out with the flu, but says he instantly started feeling better once he started reading the email: “I was like, ‘I gotta get to 7-Eleven, rack up on cough drops and hot tea, and get to work!’ ”
If you want to be a rap star, there’s no calling in sick.
With Snoop Dogg, Wiz Khalifa and others on Saturday at Jiffy Lube Live. Show starts at 7 p.m.
703-754-6400. jiffylubelive.com. $26-$60.75.
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