L*A*W | Interview
From Brooklyn, NY, L*A*W is an emcee, producer, singer/songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and choreographer. His grandfather is the legendary blues artist Sam “Bluzman” Taylor, known for his songwriting and mentoring of 70s funk group B.T. Express, Maxine Brown, and an original member of rock pioneers Joey Dee & The Starliters. L*A*W’s late uncle Bobby Taylor was a 13-time winner at Apollo Theatre, while his other uncle Tony “T-Funk” Alston played a brief stint as a drummer for James Brown. By age 12, L*A*W was touring with his grandfather as a back-up vocalist and rhythm guitarist, playing three different instruments. L*A*W has shared stages with Rihanna, Lionel Richie, Eric Burdon, Rick James, Chaka Khan, James Ingram, and more. L*A*W calls his music Tha Planet 12 Sound, which combines modern technology and live instrumentation. He is mostly known for being the lead singer of George Clinton’s 420 Funk Mob. He has performed behind Amy Winehouse on the Late Show With David Letterman, as well as opened for her sold-out shows in New York City with his own 7-piece band, The Funk Auxillary Unit. After hearing L*A*W’s album, Amy invited him to join her on the 2007 MTV Movie Awards. L*A*W recorded the song “Get Down”, which was featured on the Oxygen series “The Bad Girls Club” and the Showtime series The L Word”. He co-wrote and produced the song “I’m A Lady” by Karmela, which is featured on MTV’s “Making The Band 4″. In addition, L*A*W recorded the song “Get Hollywood On Em”, which featured on MTV’s “The Real World: Hollywood”.