L.A based rapper, singer and producer Handsome Luke- whose stage name is inspired by Ryan Gosling’s character in the 2012 film Place Beyond The Pines- is surrounded by mystique. But if there’s one thing that’s for certain about Luke, is his drive to excel in whatever he attempts. It’s this passion for music and his determination for chasing his dreams that are reflected in this latest offering, “Sicario."
The cloud rap-leaning, electro-tinged track is a treat for hip-hop lovers and beyond. The poignant lyrics point out that everyone has light and darkness in them, while the foreboding touches within the hazy soundscape supports the defiant message of blasting your way to the top through positive energy and fierce perseverance.
Speaking of the track, Luke shares, “Sicario means ‘hitman’ in Spanish. The song is analogy for coming into the industry and trying to make a way for myself. If you take note of the lyrics - “Coz fighting all I know, I’m on a war path”- it’s about how there’s always going to be competition, you need mow them down to make a path for yourself.”
Produced by Christopher ‘Tito JustMusic’ Trujillo( Ariana Grande’s Dangerous Woman), Atlanta-raised producer KJ Drapeau (Lady Gaga, Future, Migos, Akon etc), and Handsome Luke himself, the track is an amalgamation of powerful talent and diverse musicality. The single artwork was done by SuperRealGrant( The Weeknd, Travis Scott , Nav , Gunna).
Growing up in The Projects in Indianapolis, split between the contrasting lifestyles of his well-off father and financially struggling mother gave Luke the drive he needed to focus on succeeding. From starting a business painting houses in college to the advent of his clothing company DOPE, which he sold in 2017, his current fast fashion endeavour Mnml.LA., to spending 12-15-hour sessions in the studio daily to hone and perfect his music , Luke has always put his heart and soul into everything he does. And his efforts have undeniably paid off.
Climbing his way up the ladder of success through sheer talent, hard work, and self-awareness, Handsome Luke made an impact with high-profile single “Set Up” featuring West Coast superstar-in-the-making Roddy Ricch in 2019. Now with “Sicario,” he has broken through the viral TikTok space with over 8000 videos being made about his latest offering only hours after its release.
Forging his own path, Handsome Luke has built a life for himself with clothing and music and his latest offering is the perfect celebration of a hard-fought rise.