Digital Media Concepts/Steve Lacy

Steve Lacy is an American singer, songwriter, and producer. He plays a variety of instruments, but is best known for his skills on the guitar. Steve Lacy has been praised for his unique blending of genres and sounds, and has become an influential figure in contemporary R&B and alternative music. His rise to fame started when he joined and produced for the band, ''The Internet”, which has received critical acclaim for multiple albums. Steve Lacy is also an activist for the LQBTQ community, and has been open about his queer identity in his music.

Early Life edit

Steve Thomas Lacy-Moya was born in Compton, California on May 23, 1998. Lacy's mother was a gospel singer and his father was a bassist, leading to Lacy's passion for music at a young age.[1] Lacy started playing guitar at the age of seven and would then join his high school’s jazz band.[2]

Career edit

When Lacy was a freshman in high school, he met a friend named Jameel Bruner, who introduced Lacy to the band, The Internet. He would begin to produce beats and play guitar for the band.[3] Later, Lacy helped produce The Internet’s 2015 album, “Ego Death”. A year after the album was nominated at the Grammy Awards for “Best Urban Contemporary Album”. Lacy was 16 years old at the time.[4] Notably, Steve Lacy was known for creating sought-after beats on his Iphone 6. Using a device called an Irig, Lacy would play his guitar into his phone, and use apps such as GarageBand to create beats.[5]

Collaborations edit

When he was 17, Steve Lacy had produced for the albums "DAMN." by Kendrick Lamar and "4 Your Eyez Only" by J.Cole. Since 2016, Lacy has continued to collaborate with a variety of musical artists including Blood Orange, YG, Solange, Kanye West, Tyler, the Creator, Isaiah Rashad, Mac Miller, Denzel Curry, and GoldLink.[6] Steve Lacy had released singles in 2015-2017 including “Dark Red”, which now has over a billion streams on Spotify. He released his debut EP in 2017, called, “Steve Lacy’s Demo”. He then released “Apollo XXI” in 2019, which was nominated “Best Urban Contemporary Album” in 2020.

Song Credits edit

Year Album Artist Credits
2015 Ego Death The Internet Executive Producer, Bass, Composer, Featured Artist, Guitar, Producer
2016 TWENTY88 TWENTY88 Composer
2017 At What Cost GoldLink Featured Artist
2017 DAMN. Kendrick Lamar Composer, Producer, Vocals (Background)
2017 Fin Syd Composer, Featured Artist, Guitar, Producer
2017 Flower Boy Tyler, The Creator Featured Artist, Guitar, Vocals
2017 Imperial Denzel Curry Composer, Producer, Vocals
2017 Steve Lacy's Demo EP Steve Lacy Primary Artist
2018 Crush Ravyn Lenae Featured Artist
2018 Hive Mind The Internet Bass, Composer, Drums, Guitar, Keyboards, Synthesizer, Vocals (Background)
2018 Isolation Kali Uchis Bass, Composer, Featured Artist, Producer, Vocals
2018 Negro Swan Blood Orange Composer, Drums, Featured Artist, Keyboards, Vocals
2018 Swimming Mac Miller Composer, Featured Artist, Guitar, Producer, Programmer, Studio Personnel
2019 Apollo XXI Steve Lacy Primary Artist, Engineer, Mixing, Composer, Producer, Vocals
2019 Father of the Bride Vampire Weekend Additional Production, Featured Artist
2019 I'm Good Luv Composer, Producer
2019 Pride. Kendrick Lamar Composer
2020 It Is What It Is Thundercat Featured Artist
2020 The Lo-Fis Steve Lacy Primary Artist
2021 If I Fail Are We Still Cool? Patrick Paige II Featured Artist
2022 004DAISY DIXSON Guitar, Producer
2022 Gemini Rights Steve Lacy Primary Artist, Bass, Composer, Guitar, Lead Vocals, Producer
2022 Hypnos Ravyn Lenae Featured Artist
2022 Mercury Steve Lacy Primary Artist
2022 Skin Tight Ravyn Lenae Featured Artist, Composer, Producer
2022 SWEETER DIXSON Guitar, Producer
2023 Clear 2: Soft Life EP Summer Walker Composer, Producer

Gemini Rights edit

In 2022, Lacy released the album “Gemini Rights” which included the single, “Bad Habit”. The single hit no. 1 on Billboard’s top 100 and had over 470,000 videos made to the song on the app TikTok.[7] The song now holds 900 million streams and was nominated “Song of the Year”, “Best Pop Solo Performance”, and “Record of the Year”. “Gemini Rights” won “Best Progressive R&B Album”. [8] The single “Bad Habit” and album “Gemini Rights” pushed Steve Lacy’s fame and popularity, making him more well-known to the public.

Awards and nominations edit

Year Category Nominated Result
2016 Best Urban Contemporary Album Album: Ego Death Nominated
2020 Best Urban Contemporary Album Album: Apollo XXI Nominated
2023 Song of the Year Single: Bad Habit Nominated
2023 Best Pop Solo Performance Single: Bad Habit Nominated
2023 Record of the Year Single: Bad Habit Nominated
2023 Best Progressive R&B Album Album: Gemini Rights Won

References edit

  1. McClain, David (2023-05-01). "Steve Lacy Facts". Old Time Music. Retrieved 2023-10-23.
  2. McClain, David (2023-05-01). "Steve Lacy Facts". Old Time Music. Retrieved 2023-10-23.
  3. Shanfeld, Ethan (2023-08-08). "'I Feel Free': Steve Lacy Confronts 'Bad Habit' Fame, Not Apologizing for That Camera Smash and Why Coming Out Is 'Silly'". Variety. Retrieved 2023-10-23.
  4. "Steve Lacy Produced A Grammy Nominated Album, Now He's Ready To Graduate High School". The FADER. 2016-04-07. Retrieved 2023-10-23.
  5. Pierce, David. "The Guy Who Produced Kendrick Lamar's Best New Track Did It All on His iPhone". Wired. ISSN 1059-1028. Retrieved 2023-10-23.
  6. "Steve Lacy | Credits". AllMusic. Retrieved 2023-10-23.
  7. Dellatto, Marisa. "TikTok Spurs Steve Lacy's 'Bad Habit' Toward No. 1 Spot On Billboard Charts—But Can He Top Harry Styles?". Forbes. Retrieved 2023-10-23.
  8. "Steve Lacy Moya | Artist |". Retrieved 2023-10-23.