True Laurels

Lor Choc

60 minsFirst aired 15 Aug 2018
Shane Smith

West Baltimore’s own Lor Choc blurs the lines between rap and R&B, and between sensitivity and the streets.

The 19-year-old singer and MC Lor Choc grew up in the Gilmor Homes, the community where Freddie Gray once lived. On her debut mixtape, Worth the Wait, she dives into how Gray’s death changed her — and how it changed Baltimore, which now refers to the Gilmor as the “Freddie Homes.” Choc’s ability to tap into her pain and channel it into autobiographical raps and smoothed-out hooks has distinguished her from the wave of hookless raps about leaving Baltimore’s streets behind. On the premiere episode of True Laurels, Choc chops it up with host Lawrence Burney about channeling emotions through her music, Baltimore’s dirtbike culture, going legit, hitting the books and what lies ahead for her nascent career.


Produced by Matthew Ismael Ruiz
Engineered by Mike Bloom

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