Lute named the project West 1996 because he’s from the west side of Charlotte and fell in love with hip-hop in 1996.

Luther “Lute” Nicholson’ was born in
West Charlotte, North Carolina.

Lute’s Dilla-produced head nodder, “Still Slummin’,” was included on the Revenge Of The Dreamers II Dreamville compilation.

Lute officially signed to Dreamville Records in 2015.

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LUTE - Still Slummin'

Directed by Scott Lazer

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Lute For VIBE Live

Lute sits down with VIBE Live to talk about connecting with J.Cole while still working at Walmart.

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LUTE x RESPECT MAG

RESPECT Mag sat down with Lute to talk about the album, the story of the J. Cole call, his daughter, finding a ton of youtube producers and more.

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LUTE - Morning Shift

Fresh off his WEST 1996 PT. 2 release, LUTE debuted new visuals for ‘Morning Shift’

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The Never Had Sh!t Tour

Dreamville Presents The Never Had Sh!t Tour with J.I.D, and EarthGang with special guests Lute and Chaz French. Tickets available here. Dreamville.com/events.

Never Tour

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Lute Feat. EarthGang - Premonition

Lute drops first single ‘Premonition’ featuring EarthGang
from his upcoming project, West 1996 Pt. 2!

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West 1996 Pt. 2

West 1996 Pt. 2 is the accumulation of chapters and events leading up to Lute’s Dreamville signing. It’s a window into the last five years of his life. The obstacles, the challenges, the changes. The 11 track label debut host a roster of artist including Elevator Jay, High I’m Ry and Dreamville’s own EarthGang.The project is a contemporary throwback featuring soulful production contributions from Grammy-winner Cam O’bi, alongside Shiggy, Elite and Save Allen.

Lute: Still Slummin' Documentary

Dreamville/Interscope Records recording artist Lute will release his debut album, West 1996 Pt.2 on September 29th at all digital retailers. The debut album is the follow up to his first solo mixtape West 1996 Pt.1 which dropped in 2012. His mixtape success caught the ear of J. Cole who later signed the rising rapper to Dreamville Records in 2015.

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“My album is a accumulation of chapters and events leading up to Dreamville signing me. It’s a window into the last five years of my life…the obstacles, the challenges, the changes. It’s also motivation to not let people or circumstances define who you are. My only competition is the person I was yesterday. I’ve been patient and very appreciative of this platform and now its time to show what I’m capable of.” -LUTE

Lute - Juggin'

Directed by Anthony Supreme

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Lute - Juggin'

Lute drops his debut single ‘Juggin’ from his upcoming project, West 1996 Pt. 2!

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Revenge of the Dreamers II

The sequel to 2014’s Revenge of the Dreamers compilation features a nine-track set with appearances from Cole, Omen, Cozz, Lute, Ari and Bas. The Dreamville crew also make appearances, alongside the Social Experiment’s Donnie Trumpet and Correy C.