4 times Grammy Award nominated Lazee from Sweden is about to take the world by storm. Lazee is an idiosyncratic artist who possesses unique international class, attitude and a broad genre sound – one thing is for certain, Lazee is undeniably different from most urban artists worldwide.
Mawuli Kulego, aka Lazee, is a hard working young man who’s been brought up with the knowledge that nothing comes for free. He was born in 1985 in Scandinavia’s southern most provinces, Malmo, where his mother and two sisters raised him. In 1998, his mother decided that Malmo didn’t provide the most appropriate environment for her son. She therefore sent Lazee to London where he could ‘become something’. Six years later, Lazee moved back to Sweden with the ambition of finishing up his first hip-hop album.
His first mix-tape ‘It Is What It Is’ was hosted by the #1 Urban Dj KaySlay (NY) and was a huge success. This was also the start of a new collaboration with producer Ishi, and the two of them started working on a new sound. The sound created is best described as a hybrid of hip-hop, house, grime and drum & bass – with a dash of R&B. All of this is topped with Lazee’s lyrical rhymes constantly delivering high energy. It was this new sound, which caught the attention of Sony BMG in Scandinavia, and it spawned the first single ‘Rock Away’ from the debut album entitled, ‘Setting Standards’.
Lazee had a flying start. ‘Rock Away’ came out of nowhere and rushed in on the charts without being officially released. It can in at #2 on iTunes, Smash Hit of the Week on NRJ, Voice Choice on the Voice and fresh on MTV, with over 120 spins in a week. At this point it also became very evident that Lazee is not only a hip-hop artist, but also a true entertainer. He had the confidence, the attitude, and the talent, to take him all the way. His melding of rock and hip-hop took this somewhat traditional music to a higher genre-bending level.
Lazee has had the privilege of being the support act for world known artists such as Lady gaga, Snoop Dogg, Ne-Yo, Wyclef Jean, Rick Ross and Musiq Souldchild. His hit single ‘Calling Out’ was 31 on iTunes Sweden for several weeks and made him an ambassador for a well-reputed Swedish charity organization that works for children’s rights. ‘Calling Out’ is now the signature song of the organization. Lazee’s international hit single, ‘Hold On’ was also released in the UK and is currently on rotation across several radio networks.
The world can look forward to the next album, ‘Supposed To Happen’ which is currently being recorded…so keep your eyes and ears open…