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Corey Baker, rapping as CPaper Da Leprechaun, is hoping his lucky-sounding name will help him find success on the Kentucky and national hip-hop scenes.
Baker is an Army brat, born in Fort Sill, Okla., he said, but has spent most of his life in Radcliff. His childhood days were filled with skateboarding, playing video games and colleting Pokemon and Digimon cards.
As he aged basketball and poetry took over, and his brothers helped influence his interest in rap. Baker is the youngest of three boys and they spent a lot of time rapping the “old school” tunes.
At 12, he began writing his own lyrics.
“I instantly became addicted to the art,” Baker said.
He created more than 150 songs before he finished high school and has continued to write his own music.
His stage name has been a work in progress.
“Of course, behind every artist’s name comes a story,” Baker said.
When he first started rapping he went by the name LT or Little Titan.
“I used to rap about topics that nobody would even believe and the name simply fit the bill,” he said.
As he matured as a performer he felt another name would be a better fit. He now raps under the name CPaper Da Leprechaun, or CPaper for short.
“When people think of paper they equated it to money and materialistic things,” He said. “When they think of a leprechaun they envision his quest to follow the rainbow and find his pot of gold.”
He thought those two ideas were a perfect description of himself and what he hopes to achieve with his music, the 20-year-old said.
“I am on a mission down the road of success, and I am focused,” Baker said.
He wants to keep a positive uplifting character as his career grows beyond local parameters, he said.
Kentucky artists such as Cam Dollaz & Young Sweet, Jeff Johnston and B.E. influence him the most. He looks forward to collaborating with them some day.
Other than local artists he’s also a fan of Jay-z, Kayne West and Drake. But he’s not limited to rap. Baker also enjoys R&B, pop, rock and reggae.
For Baker, music is a way to communicate.
“Music is not only a way for my self-expression, it is also a way of vocal communication involving instrumental,” Baker said. “It motivates, stimulates and teaches in its own form and fashion.”
Baker is affiliated with the local Bread Boy Entertainment label.
Becca Owsley can be reached at (270) 505-1741 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Hear music by Corey Baker, also known as CPaper Da Leprechaun, at www.myspace.com/cpaperbbe270, www.hotnewhiphop.com/cpaperbbe/profile, www.reverbnation.com/cpaperbbe270. For booking information, contact his management at Crump270@gmail.com.