There must be something in the water in Chicago right now. Since February, no less than six artists have inked major label deals—and this comes after almost no new artist inking to a major in the six years prior. It’s safe to say there’s something big brewing in the City of Broad Shoulders.

On the frontlines of this new wave of artists is King Louie (or King L as his label now calls him). Best known for his boombastic brand of “Drill Music,” this self-proclaimed “Gumbo Mobster” is fresh off a high profile shout out from Kanye West on Chief Keef’s “I Don’t Like (Remix).” The Yeezy stamp of approval no doubt left listeners wondering just who this King fella was; so it’s only right Complex finds out Who is King L?

Having recently signed to Epic/Sony Records via the Chicago-based indie label, Lawless Inc., the 10 Chicago Artists To Watch For alum opens up about his new deal, new name, and his long-awaited debut album, Dope & Shrimp. We talk about his unique brand of slang, why he loves the wrestler Val Venis, and his thoughts on the burgeoning Chicago scene. Man up, band up.

As told to Andrew Barber (@FakeShoreDrive)

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