Alexander Lewis has teamed up with Arlington-based rapper B Anderson for his new single ‘Win The War’. This is the first release from Lewis’ forthcoming project, the Red EP, slated to drop in full later this summer. ‘Win The War’ revolves around a triumphant brass fanfare that‘s ideally suited for B Anderson’sbraggadocious hook and intricate worldplay.
Lewis recorded ‘Win The War’ with a 8-piece live band, sourcing some of the most in-demand studio players in Los Angeles to record the instrumental. The inclusion of live instruments adds a uniquely organic element to the production, distinguishing the beat from the cookie cutter MIDI-heavy beats that dominate contemporary hip-hop. Lewis teased video of the recording process prior to the full release of the song.
Alexander Lewis shared some words about working with B Anderson and the sentiments behind ‘Win The War’:
“Win the War was the first song I made with B.Anderson. Having never met before, and only hearing about him through mutual friends and his music I invited him out from Dallas for a weekend. The second he got to my crib we went into the studio and after only a few minutes of playing around with melodies on my trombone, B had the hook to Win the War sketched out. After about an hour we had a full concept done. Production, Horns, Vocals. Later I Orchestrated and recorded an 8 piece brass orchestra to fill out the registers and give the track a more live and dimensional feel that I feel the song needed for completion.
Win the War is about overcoming obstacles, pushing boundaries and coming out on top. It’s for everyone facing a challenge and taking it head on. We’ve both had out fair share of setbacks in this industry, but we’re both in it for the long haul. Every loss prepared us for victory. Red EP is a victory and we consider this record a win. This is Win The War.”
The Red EP will be Alexander Lewis’ most hip-hop-oriented project to date, showcasing an impressively nuanced approach to production while continuing to involve his trombone into pretty much everything he does. Lewis has dabbled with hip-hop production in the past – notably on standout tracks Wassup feat. MadeinTYO & S’natra and Clockwise feat. Nick Row – from his 2018 project, the Omni EP. But the Red EP signals a shift in production that will see Lewis explore a more hip-hop-dominate sound moving forward.
Alexander Lewis recently had production credits on Juice WRLD’s hit record Big and has also produced for The Underachievers, YBN Cordae, Earthgang, Normani, Juicy J, Rita Ora, MadeinTYO, AlunaGeorge, among others.