Today we’d like to introduce you to Terell Stubbs (The LALIEN).
Terell, we appreciate you taking the time to share your story with us today. Where does your story begin?
I was raised in the City Of Champions, which is Inglewood, California for those of you who don’t know. I’m the youngest sibling of 3, and grew up in a single mother household, though my dad has always been present in my life. I attended La Tijera & Frank D Parent for middle school, then later moved with my dad to Downey and attended Santa Fe High School. It was definitely a different way of living between the two cities which made me realize its okay to step out of your comfort zone. I played sports which I thought I loved but it turned out to be just another fun hobby. I used to have college dreams until I sat in the classroom and realized it wasn’t for me at all. All I could think about was getting money and being creative working for myself.
I started making music around 2014 with my Day 1 JamilTheGod. We were struggling & just trying to make it day by day. JamilTheGod purchased a home studio set up & the rest unfolded into a passion. Prior to that day, I have never had a rap dream though I have always loved it. My mother always played Gangsta Rap, Soul Rap, Conscious Rap, down to Hall & Oates. I didn’t realize until I got older that she influenced me more than I realized. As a matter of fact, with every song I made I’ll send it to my mom first, if she approved I knew I made a good song.
Fast forward a year or so I’m still finding myself with my music & ended up coming with the name LALIEN (Inspired by ATLiens). My passion for music continued to grow & I actually started to receive great feedback, people were finally noticing my talents. I continued to have “visions” of me making it big with my music & brand. I started to take it serious & became my own business with my music & my merch. I now have a website thelalien.com, & have done fairly well for my first year of official business.
My grandfather was one of the first black business owners in Inglewood which was a Goodyear (Lowes Supreme Tires). It always inspired me as a kid watching him be his own boss so I made it a MUST for me to have my own business in my time here on Earth, I never would’ve thought that I would become my business.
We all face challenges, but looking back would you describe it as a relatively smooth road?
My biggest struggles along the way were overcoming the fear of failure, finances, & just real life obstacles. My friend ended up getting locked up, I lost inspiration for my music for almost a whole year before I made another song. It took me years to finally be able to invest into my music, I recently lost my mother in 2021. I can’t describe the feeling, I was 27 years old & had to accept the fact that I’d never see my mother in physical form again. It was hard to not slip into a depression but I try my best to just take it a day at a time. That was the biggest obstacle I have ever dealt with in my life, I’m actually still currently dealing with it.
Can you tell our readers more about what you do and what you think sets you apart from others?
I make rap music & I also sell merch. I know I’m one of many artist to do it but my goal is to always be different. If you’re wearing LALIEN Gear, I want you to know that you are rocking a 1 of 1 brand. There are many dope brands in LA alone & I plan to join that list. The concept of LALIEN means different, individuality & consciousness all while representing the great city of LA. When it comes to my music it’s the same, I sound like no other rapper which is how I know I’m fully expressing my being. I can try to switch up my sound to today’s latest hits but I couldn’t live with myself knowing it’s not authentic.
I’m most proud of my songs/videos on YouTube titled Faded Conversations & Another Day N LA. I have been making songs for years but when I made those two, I really felt like I hit a new level musically. My goal is to constantly grow, it’s easy to get comfortable. Above all, I’m proud of myself for continuing to push, it’s really overwhelming when you’re a one man team.
Everything I make is straight from my vision. I’m open to suggestions but I have to make sure I’m using the vision that God gives me, then I manifest.
Is there anyone you’d like to thank or give credit to?
My parents, my future wife to be, and a couple of my friends were my biggest supporters. My mom above all was my biggest supporter, if my mom didn’t approve of a song, it wasn’t good enough for me. If my mom liked it, I knew it was official. I valued my mother’s opinion highly because she put me onto so many different songs & artists at a young age. I had no idea how much of it I was soaking up! My dad wasn’t on board with the rap dream at first & I couldn’t even be mad at him, I get how typical it sounds. The day I let him hear my songs, his support instantly began. Til this day, my dad supports me which is a big help.
A couple of my friends also supported me from day 1, but I had to learn that a lot of them will never support me. Initially, I was kind of confused, salty that certain people wouldn’t support me but I had to grow & use it as motivation. I couldn’t force someone to do something just because I felt like I deserved it, so I just keep moving at my own pace. The few friends that did support me will reap their rewards when I make it big.
- Website: Thelalien.com
- Instagram: Instagram.com/thelalien_
- Twitter: Twitter.com/thelalien
- Youtube: Youtube.com/thelalien
- SoundCloud: Soundcloud.com/thelalien