Lu'keus aka Ghetto Ghandi
Lu’Keus Isler a.k.a Ghetto Ghandi
Lyricist, Writer, Actor, and all around artist. He brings a balance of real Hip Hop and the current vibe all in the same breath.
Lu’Keus has been a part of performing arts his whole life, and being born and raised in Harlem, NY just added more flavor. Ironically enough, he was not allowed to listen to much Hip Hop music growing up, being in a strictly Christian household. This led him to be influenced, almost more so, by jazz, soul, rock, and of course gospel.
At the age of 3, Lu’Keus’ older brother got accepted into IMPACT repertory theater, a performing arts and leadership training program that focused on combining arts and activism (coined, artivism) to teach the youth to be leaders in their community (which was founded by leaders in the arts and Harlem community such as Jamal Joseph and Voza Rivers, to name a few). So of course, as older brothers do, this influenced Lu’Keus greatly.
As Lu’Keus got older, he joined a program called YATES, which is responsible for training many young actors who went on to gain roles in Broadway shows, such as The Lion King and The Color Purple. Not long after that did Lu’Keus join the world-renowned Salvation Army brass band, where he learned to read music, play several brass instruments, and learned the basics of drums and the piano. This enhanced his musical ear and gave him a new love for music on the technical side, that he explored for 8 years.
At the age of 12, Lu’Keus joined IMPACT himself and was trained in singing, acting, writing, rapping, leadership, and all around performance. Though he missed the opportunity to perform with them at the Oscars the year before, Lu’Keus has had a plethora of amazing performances with IMPACT repertory theater, such as at the Apollo, Harry Belafonte’s Sankofa event, Madison Square Garden, Harlem week every year, and an Off-Broadway play, as well as many others. Through this experience, he has mastered the art of creating culturally accepted (popping) music while maintaining, or including, a message; artivism. He actually got the name Ghetto Ghandi from IMPACT for the way he used slang in sharing wisdom with others.
Rapping was just a hobby to Ghetto Ghandi until the age of 18, when his brother had him perform at a gala for his open mic, The Harlem Bomb Shelter, under his own name. There he felt the lyrics leave his lips, hit the audience’s ears, and explode back at him as applause. That was the moment Ghandi realized that this was what he had to do for the rest of his life. Since then, Ghandi has been hitting various shows, showcases, open mics, and auditions to further his career as an independent artist.
Two years later, he dropped a joint project, called Medisyn, under the rap trio named The Bomb Syndicate that consisted of himself, his brother Lexx Da Ghost Dog, and a talented poet/rapper Poetic Boy D (now on all streaming platforms). That same year he dropped his debut mix tape called Avrakehdavra, which roughly translates in English to “I create what I speak” (out currently on sound cloud).
In the performances since, Lu’Keus has gotten the opportunity to open for and network with a handful of industry/celebrity artists such as, Precious Paris of G-Unit, Roxanne Shante, the executive producer of 105.1Mr. Ahmed Rodriguez and meeting and performing for The Legendary Iconic Ms. Janet Jackson.
Lu’Keus plans to continue on his journey of Super Stardom by uplifting humanity in a way that will make you bump, while keeping it real all at the same time.
“Nothing more than a servant, Nothing less than a god” – Lu'Keus aka Ghetto Ghandi.
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