L-Fresh The Lion
Inspired by the soulful movement in US hip hop of the late 1990s / early 2000s, and the love and respect for his own cultural and ancestral roots of the Sikhs from Punjab, India, L-FRESH is an artist like no other.
Aligning himself with many social justice issues, L-FRESH The LION has dedicated himself to working tirelessly in the community. His debut album One (May, 2014) announced L-FRESH The LION as part of a new generation of hip hop artists currently making waves in the music industry. It’s a time of change and there’s excitement in the air watching young people magnetised by the uplifting narrative of L-FRESH The LION’s single ‘Survive’ – embraced by triple j and community radio stations all over the country.
His engaging live show has travelled the country supporting the likes of Hilltop Hoods, Thundamentals and Urthboy, as well as stepping onto the international stage in 2015, selling out his first headline show in London.
Signing to legendary Australian hip hop label Elefant Traks last year, L-FRESH The LION released the politically charged, ‘Get Mine’ featuring Parvyn Kaur Singh in August, with the premiere of the controversial video clip premiering on The Guardian AU and UK and published with a written piece about the prevalence of racism in Australia today. ““It’s interesting when you’re discussing something like the issues of racism with other people,” he said. “For me, it’s something that I have experienced my entire life. It’s one of those things where people can respond by either listening to what it is that I have to say, or by talking over me – making their mind up about me before I’ve even said a word. Some folk just have that immediate agenda. That’s when you get people responding in a really harsh way. I don’t come from a place of anger or hatred – I come from a place of genuine love for community and for the country that I was born and raised in.” – L Fresh https://thebrag.com/where-youre-from-where-youre-at-the-changing-face-of-australian-hip-hop/
"“I feel like so much of my music is trying to make sense that I’m a collective of these different cultures. I was born and raised in Australia, in a country with a strong history of colonisation, mixed with my Punjabi history. Two different cultures with often two different value systems. And then hip- hop comes out of nowhere and helps me fit in the middle.”"
“We’ve witnessed violent hate crimes against Sikhs, who are being mistaken for Muslims, in countries like the United States, most recently in Chicago, the UK, and also in Australia. We’ve also seen a restaurant owned by a Muslim targeted and damaged in Newtown, Sydney and protests against the building of a mosque in Bendigo, Victoria, alongside the constant noise being made by extreme right Islamophobic groups. Sure, there are individuals behind these extreme actions who need to be held responsible. However, I’m not blind to the language that trickles down from the top. The language that generally condemns violence and discrimination, but betwixt when it comes to denouncing racism and hatred towards ethnic and religious minorities.”
“The Sikh community is different to the Muslim community, but I don’t necessarily agree with the approach that we focus on how we are not Muslim and should be exempt from these acts. It is still Islamophobia. We should all be exempt.”