NELLO LUCHI IS A BROOKLYN-BRED EMCEE MAKING GENUINE MUSIC YOU CAN RELATE TO. AS UNDERGROUND DIVA OF THE WEEK, THEHIPHOPDIVA SPOKE WITH HER AND DISCUSSED WHAT SETS HER APART FROM EVERYONE ELSE, WHAT BEING SUCCESSFUL MEANS TO HER, AND OF COURSE WHO HER TOP FIVE FEMALE EMCEES ARE. ROOTED IN FAMILY AND STICKING TO HER LOVE OF NOT JUST HIP HOP BUT ALL MUSIC GENRES, NELLO LUCHI MADE IT ON TO OUR RADAR AND WE’RE PUSHING HER INTO YOURS.
HHD (THEHIPHOPDIVA): We know that you’re a female emcee, you’re from Brooklyn, and you started rapping at the age of 11 because of your love for poetry. But outside of all that, can you briefly tell us who Nello Luchi is?
NL (NELLO LUCHI): First of all I’m a child of God. I’m a lover of graffiti. I’m a sneaker head. I’m a female from the hood. I grew up in Bed-Stuy Brooklyn. I know about the streets but I grew up in a loving family so I know about family values too.
HHD: I’m sure in Brooklyn there’s about 500 emcees on every block. What sets you apart from everyone else doing what you’re doing?
NL: I don’t shut my ears to just one genre of music. Because I do hip hop doesn’t mean I listen to hip hop 24-7. I love classical music such as jazz. I love soul music. I love pop music. I love rock and roll music. I love independent artists. I love mainstream music. I might listen to Waka Flocka one day and may listen to Talib Kweli the next.
HHD: In regards to your career as a hip hop artist, what must you accomplish to consider yourself successful?
NL: Being successful to me means taking care of my family and putting them in a better situation than they are in and being financially stable.
HHD: You’ve been doing this since you were 11 so I think it’s safe to say hip hop music is your passion. What do you love most about hip hop? What drives you to continue pushing forward?
NL: Music is like a drug for me or like that person you’re in love with that you can’t get enough of. It’s like a love-hate relationship. One day I’m like man I want to give up and the next day I’m like I love this. It’s the same reason why Michael Jordan came back from retirement. It’s the same reason Jay Z came back from retirement. It’s something that never leaves you. I could be doing a million things right now but when I wake up in the morning music is the first thing I think about. When I go to sleep I think about it.
HHD: When we listen to your music what do you want us to experience?
NL: I want people to pretty much close their eyes and visualize my thoughts. Human beings have thousands of thoughts that flow through their minds every day and for me to take one or two of my thoughts and put it down on paper I think that’s pretty amazing. To me music is like having a deep conversation with your favorite artist. I want people to relate and just take my story and see if they can get something positive from it.
HHD: Using one word describe your music.
HHD: What’s the inspiration behind your lyrics?
NL: Everything that I go through day to day. I talk about my family a lot because I’m around them so much. For some weird reason I haven’t really touched on relationships yet. I’m waiting for that time but it’s just not right now.
HHD: Who would you consider to be the top five female emcees?
NL: Missy Elliott, Lauryn Hill, MC Lyte, Lil Kim, Queen Latifah
HHD: What upcoming projects do you have that you would like for us to support?
NL: Next year, maybe early January, I’m working on this free album called “The Nothing Special”. There’s really no big concept behind it, it’s just dope music and it’s fun. It’s really fun. I didn’t get too personal at all. The beats are much heavier than my last project.
HHD: What is your definition of a hip hop diva?
NL: A strong independent lyricist. A hip hop diva stands her ground and says you know what, I’m not going to just talk about sex or how my body looks.