Rapper/singer/songwriter Ryan “LuhRy” Hawkins (pronounced Lil-Ri) is based in the Atlanta, Ga. area, hometown of many hit makers. Her current video, “Heartless,” produced by Kiddogenius, is attracting a lot of attention due to its topical subject matter: gun violence.
Ryan started her musical journey after a life changing incident with her Cousin/Sister Kamani. Kamani’s life was taken by a senseless gun accident. She was shot by a minor playing around with a gun in the back seat of a car. She graduated high school at the top of her class and was on her way to Nursing school. She looked up to her big Cousin/Sister Ryan. The pair grew up together like sisters.
This was a life changing event that sent Ryan into a dark emotional space. That anger and emotional turmoil birthed “LuhRy” rapper/singer, songwriter. Instead of doing destructive things, she took that energy from her cousin/sister’s death and wrote many songs that expressed how she felt. The plethora of songs include themes of love, anger, betrayal, and trust among many other topics. “My brain was giving me violent thoughts and I tried to release it in a different way,” says LuhRy. They were not raised in a violent area, they both had promising futures, but a minor playing with a gun in the backseat ended one life and sent their families life spiraling. LuhRy pours her emotions out in her single “Heartless”, letting them know how she felt. Everyone has something in life that changes them.
LuhRy feels that gun violence among youth is high, and we have to start addressing the issue. “What if we encouraged the youth to write their emotions instead of acting on them? What if we said, here, let’s channel this energy elsewhere?” suggests LuhRy.
Food for thought.
Look for her songs Be OK, Freestyle, and Heartless on Spotify.
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