DALLAS – Feminine, phenomenally gorgeous, and ferocious on the mic. We’re talking about Sam Lao and her force that's taking Dallas' hip-hop scene by storm.
But, oddly enough, it was a lack of finishing that got her career started.
"I was originally going to UTA. But in my final semester, I couldn't afford to go anymore and I had to leave. I sort of fell into a little bit of a depression. But I had some friends in the city, a rap collective named ‘Brain Gang’ and they just me to the studio one day," she said.
The rest is history. And from a dark place to being in the spotlight, Lao is finally coming into her own musically.
"I do rap, but I also sing, as well, so I can sort of blend through a couple of genres, and I feel like that makes me really versatile,” Lao told NewsFix.
And versatility is key -- especially when it comes to female hip-hop artists.
"I always joke that when it comes to women it hip hop, it's very Highlander-esque. It seems like there can only be one at any given time,” Lao said. “I would like to believe that's sort of widening a bit."
Another important factor to Lao is sex appeal.
"I say that because we live in a very visual society,” Lao explained. “Even though music is audio, when you're going to a show, there's a visual element that will capture your audience."
Eye candy and eye opening lyrics is what you can expect from her upcoming show Friday at Deep Ellum's RBC – where Lao is headlining.
"I want them to leave inspired,” Lao told NewsFix. “I want them to leave inspired whether it be creatively, whether it just be on a personal level."
The show kicks off at 8 p.m. But if you can’t wait that long, you can listen to her latest project, SPCTRM, on Soundcloud.
Either way, you're in for a musical treat.