When it comes to music Louisiana artist Lucas Owens better known as “Luko” is trying to redefine the sound of his area and era. In todays fast paced industry Luko attempts to stay in his own lane by staying away from musical trends and fads . When you listen to his music he gives you a vivid portrayal of a child born in the ghetto that longs for something more, “Inner Peace”.
Luko an Iraq war veteran and Hurricane Katrina Relief Soldier has seen some bad days in his lifetime but through it all he manages to channel his negative energy into a great positive sound that proves he can hold his own to some of hip hop’s best. Luko began his career freestyling on the streets in his hometown, Minden Louisiana (Shreveport, Bossier Suburb) on the rough and tumble streets of his adjacent Eastside neighborhoods called “Warsaw” and “Shiney”. After graduation Luko went on to join the Army National Guard and go on to college on the G.I. bill. Luko’s dream as a college graduate were short-lived as he was called to serve in Iraq and Kuwait after 9/11. There he learned that the pain and suffering he experienced in his hometown was nothing compared to what others had to endure in foreign countries. That’s when he learned to appreciate the good things about living in his hometown affectionately known as M-Town by most.
After Luko’s return from Iraq he began to write and record his own songs about what he saw and what others were experiencing in his city. In 2006 he and cousin C.C. Stevens along with his neighbor local rapper Kay Jones recorded songs that began buzzing all over the city. Then with help from manager Miko Duty he helped form the local rap group Foe Headed Monsta along with C.C. , F.B. and Dat Boi Hill. The group had minor success with their underground singles “Designated Driver” and “Self Esteem” which both got moderate local radio airplay in 2009. It also got them featured and interviewed on Hot 97 in New York City in 2010.
Today with two critically acclaimed mixtapes in, Luko has honed his talents and stepped up his writing and recording work ethic with one true motto that keeps him going; “Give the people what they want “GOOD Music” and he has proven true with each song.
Listen to one of Luko’s tracks entitled ‘Sardines.’ “an ode to his deep-rooted disdain for people who have nothing better to do but use his name in a negative light even though his music is gaining popularity in an ever so diluted era in hip hop as an art-form.”