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Lex Luger: Dances to his own beat

Youth Impact Report 2010: Up Next

Since its establishment in 2006, the BET Hip-Hop Awards’ producer of the year honor has gone to a bevy of boldname beatmakers. This year, such heavy-hitters as Swizz Beatz, Drumma Boy and Polow Da Don competed for the honor, alongside Lex Luger — an agentless, unsigned 19-year-old who, at the beginning of the year, was still hawking tracks via his MySpace page.

Born and raised in Suffolk, Va., and currently based in Atlanta, the teenager born Lexus Lewis began playing drums in his local church at age 11 and later taught himself to use hip-hop production tools. Luger first turned heads in May when his beat for “B.M.F. (Blowin’ Money Fast)” appeared on Rick Ross’ “Albert Anastasia EP” mixtape. An urban radio success, it was then included, along with fellow Luger production “MC Hammer,” on the Miami MC’s “Teflon Don” LP, which debuted at No. 2 on its July release.

The producer has worked closely with fast-rising Southern rapper Waka Flocka Flame, providing the beat for his local hit “Hard in da Paint.” Further contributions for Soulja Boy, Diamond and Gucci Mane are forthcoming, as well as a mysterious Kanye West collaboration reportedly in the works.

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