L.O.V.E Culture is made up of Flash the Samurai, Rob Mari, EASY, Cheech Forreign and Spirit. L.O.V.E stands for League of Vibrant Energies. They’re a collective of young Jacksonville artists who wanted to create something new and completely different. Their album Fluidity is available on SoundCloud. See their diverse answers to What’s That Album below.

When you’re getting ready for a show?

Flash: Flatbush Zombies — 3001: A Laced Odyssey

When I’m getting ready for a show I love to get my energy high so I have to listen to 3001: A Laced Odyssey by the Flatbush Zombies.

Rob Mari: Any Kendrick Lamar album

EASY: Kendrick Lamar — Damn

But historically, nothing in particular. A variety of what I’m feeling at the time. Usually a lot of live albums such as J.Cole’s 2014 Forest Hills Drive Live or Jay-Z’s MTV Unplugged album. Love the live feel. Helps me with my own performance as far as how to spice it up and make it different from what you hear on the actual song.

Cheech: Kid Cudi — Passion, Pain and Demon Slayin’

Depends on the show, but lately it’s been Kid Cudi’s Passion, Pain and Demon Slayin’. Cudder’s music usually gets me ready for my date with destiny. Entire Kendrick catalog, preferably Overly Dedicated, Good Kid, M.A.A.D. City, DAMN. Outkast: Aquemini, Big K.R.I.T: Return of 4Eva. J.Cole Forest Hills Drive and Friday Night Lights. Notable mentions Chance The Rapper: Coloring Book, 10 Day, Acid rap. M.I.A, WuTang, I really could go on.

When someone passes you the aux?


Flash: Kendrick Lamar — Damn 

When someone passes me the aux I’m definitely playing DAMN by Kendrick Lamar. The sounds and subject matter just captivate me anytime I hear it!

Rob Mari: J.I.D — The Never Story

EASY: Just whatever the vibe dictates honestly. Depends on a night or daytime ride. Whether the car is fogged up or not, the weather. The color of my shoes. It’s really random.

Cheech: Anyone can tell you that 9 times out of 10 riding with me, you’ll end up in another decade. I LOVE ’60s soul. Early ’70s. Bootsie Collins, Marvin Gaye, The Stylistics, Tavares and The O’Jays. I love Prince. Prince is my hero. Jimi Hendrix, Nina Simone, Billie Holiday, Tupac and Amy Winehouse. ’90s R&B, ’90s gangster rap and trap music. I love ’80s music. I don’t care what anyone says. I also love disco. I’m more into funk but disco? Meet me on the floor right now. Let’s go.

When you need inspiration?

Flash: Canibus — 2000 BC

Looking for inspiration I go to old school hip-hop and listen to 2000 BC by Canibus. His flow, word choice and just all around aggression gets my creative juices going almost instantly.

Rob Mari: Jimi Hendrix — Are You Experienced

Either Jimi Hendrix: Hendrix Experience or Bob Marley: Legend.

EASY: Inspirational music like 4:44, or Good Kid, M.A.A.D. City, Oddisee’s The Good Fight, Wale’s More About Nothing, anything Cole, Camp Lo, Big K.R.I.T, Curren$y or myself. Whatever I’m feeling at the time.

Cheech: I usually go to my vinyls for that — Prince, Tupac, Jimi, Amy, Miles Davis, etc. I also am a big Paramore fan. Lyrically, I’m inspired by their songs. On Spotify, SoundCloud and YouTube, I usually discover really cool sounds and mixes. Sometimes really dope short films or music videos do it for me.

On a Sunday morning (meaning a chill day)?

Flash: The Weeknd — Kiss Land

On a Sunday morning I’m listening to Kiss Land by The Weeknd. The vibe of the whole project puts me in a positive zone. I can’t leave until the the last song ends.

Rob Mari: Bobby Womack — The Poet

EASY: Camp Lo — Uptown Saturday Night

Something smoked out and lazy. Perfect for a Sunday morning watching cartoons or football, indulging in some flowers with a beautiful woman or my best friends. A mix of things. I also usually write a lot of raps on Sundays. So Camp Lo Uptown Saturday Night is great inspiration for that.

Cheech: Bob Marley — Legend

Bob Marley Legend, Corrine Bailey Rae The Sea, Like a Star, Solange A Seat at the Table, anything Sade, anything Aaliyah, “Awaken, My Love!” by Childish Gambino, Jhené Aiko Souled Out. Anything by Muva or Erykah Badu. I could go on forever.

When you’re road tripping?

Flash: Frank Ocean — Blond

When I’m road tripping I love listening to Blond by Frank Ocean. His writing ability is amazing with a voice that’s on the same level. He’s overall one of the best this generation has ever heard and this project keeps me hooked from beginning to end!

Rob Mari: Wiz Khalifa — Kush & Orange Juice

When road tripping I listen to a combination of all these artists, but to narrow down to a complete body or work or album, I would say Wiz Khalifa Kush & Orange Juice.

EASY: A bunch of albums. Don’t usually go through any one in particular other than L.O.V.E. Culture or my own music. I really listen to a variety of stuff and only listen to certain full albums when I really feel like it.

Cheech: Wiz Khalifa’s Kush & Orange Juice is a solid ride-out tape. Curren$y’s Cigarette Boats and ’90s music. Anything I can belt out a good ballad to make the time pass.

Spirit: Earth, Wind and Fire.

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