Edward X was born and raised in New Orleans, La. His passion for music began in 2005 when he wrote his first rap. Since then he would go on to move to start Armed Rhymery with Kween Mo in Lafayette. Together, they’ve played hundreds of shows, traveled to different cities and states performing, been featured on Pharrell’s iamOTHER compilation, and even recently going viral on social media with their new series, narrative raps. If you would like to know more, you can always follow Edward on instagram @just_edx or @armedrhymery. Armed Rhymery’s music is available at all streaming platforms.
Who makes up your art circle?
I’m Edward X and my partner in rhyme is Kween Mo. Together we’re Armed Rhymery.
How do you expand your art circle?
We’re always looking for ways to work with other creatives and incorporate others skills into what we’re doing. Whether it’s in music where we reach out to collaborate with instrumentalist or producers or photographers or as in the living alter experience, we’ve teamed with Amber to create a visual, sensory experience so I think a main part of creating is working with others but also maintaining your individuality within the work so that it becomes a true blend of visions.
What value do you see in having a creative community?
Creativity breeds innovation. I think a creative culture in the community gives the people an insight into the minds of the people. When we create, we tend to include emotions and feelings into our creations. This becomes a map that can guide us to understanding each other better and appreciating the efforts in our work.
How does your artistic approach contribute to your community?
As music artists predominantly, we’ve contributed to the community through involvement, most times that we’ve done performances or filming content, we include others and offer ways for other artists to be seen through our platforms. Also we want to be a light for people to see our area and know that there is more to Louisiana hip hop than what has been represented already!
Our weekly Art Circle series profiles artists throughout the community and is sponsored in part by Lafayette Visitor Enterprise Fund managed by Lafayette Travel