Prediction: LunchMoney Lewis has a big summer ahead.
His debut single, Bills, a shout-out to workaday folks hustling to make money and feed the kids, is moving up the charts faster than the swipe of a credit card.
Born Gamal Lewis, the North Miami native is stepping into the spotlight — last week’s appearance on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Kimmel comes to mind — after cutting his teeth in the music biz helping write songs for such pop acts as Jessie J (Burnin’ Up), Fifth Harmony (Bo$$) and Juicy J (Scholarship).
So how did this peppy ditty come to be?
“I literally just started scatting the melody to the first verse and throwing words in there,” the L.A.-based Lewis told USA Today of the song, produced by Ricky Reed, best known for Jason Derulo’sTalk Dirty. “We were all just throwing it against the wall. The song kind of wrote itself.”
Talent runs in the family. The Miami Beach High grad’s half brother Abebe Lewis is a local producer; dad Ian and uncle Roger Lewis of the reggae group Inner Circle wrote such classics asBad Boys, the theme for Cops (most recently featured in the Mall Cop 2 movie) and Sweat (A La La Long).
“We call ourselves Jamericans; we have Jamaican roots but were raised in America,” says Abebe. “People know about the Marley family but not necessarily the Lewis family. We are out there, too.”
Abebe, 38, runs Circle House Studios, specializing in remixes with major artists. The location is kept private due to previous paparazzi issues. “It got a little crazy,” Ian says, laughing. “That was my first experience with all that stuff.”
Both Ian and Abebe are super proud of LunchMoney. And big bro thinks he knows the appeal of the 27-year-old’s chart topper.
“Hey, everybody’s got bills, you know?”