MMA Local Artist Series Pt. 3

Larry Thomas Jr. from Warner Robins, GA

larry as a young kid
Larry The Legend album cover

Welcome to the third edition of MMA’s Local Artist Series. This time I will be highlighting a peer of mine — from Warner Robins, Georgia — Larry Thomas Jr. We will be taking a look at his latest album, Larry The Legend. But first, here’s a little more about the artist:

“My last album was titled “Larry The Legend” and my motivation behind it was to create a classic that represents my legacy up to this point. I understand that life is short and tomorrow isn’t promised so I wanted to make a timeless project that will be remembered forever.”

Born in Atlanta, Georgia, and raised in Warner Robins, Larry Thomas Jr. is an up and coming Rapper/Songwriter with a penchant for writing infectious tunes and relatable narratives. Inspired by his late mother Laverne Robinson and various music artists, Larry’s music journey began at the tender age of 12, performing in his church. Being an avid storyteller, Larry is greatly influenced by real life experiences, drawing inspiration for his music from personal experiences and hardships, allowing him to invoke strong emotions in his audience. Larry also seems to have a unique innate competency to ingeniously present music in multiple styles, all while maintaining a consistent brand, one of the factors that make this artist one to keep an eye out for. With big dreams and plenty of energy to spare, Larry seeks to positively influence society with his music, and is well on his way to becoming one of the most phenomenal artists in our generation.

Growing up in the same area, and even going to the same high school, allows me to understand the situations Mr. Thomas speaks of in his music. Though molded by very similar circumstances, we experienced uniquely, different lives. As so, you can witness the personal flair the artist exhibits in their music.

Though released in 2020, there is a major throwback (90’s) element to this artist music. The emphasis of the music isn’t necessarily creating radio hits, but rather, spreading a message. The concision in which Thomas Jr. raps is a noticeable break from the trap and modern rap sound, lacking the heavy voice mixing and highlighting lyricism. I would compare the style of this artist to E-40, a southern influence like Big KRIT, and even approaching a Notorious B.I.G-esque nuance.

You can see the impact of personal events in Larry’s life on his music, especially in the intro and songs like “Drive Slow” and “Full Circle”. The artist is perfectly candid in his approach, openly admitting he wasn’t part of the streets but definitely grew up in parallel. Anyone that is from where we are, knows exactly what he’s talking about. The story telling aspect of the album is thorough and fascinating and draws the listener to continue consuming the story board before them. In addition, there are several call to actions imploring the listener to love thy neighbor, don’t fall victim to the streets, and climb through adversity.

While the music is worthwhile, Thomas Jr. as a person is just as significant. He is one of the most down-to-earth people I got the pleasure of knowing. His work in the community with his brand, Team Crazy Kids, and his general community service are a bright spot in the city of Warner Robins. Check him and his music out here!

Favorite Songs: Bargain, Drive Slow, Full Circle, 100

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