Motivate – Lexz Pryde (@lexzpryde) and @SnoopDogg Collaborate on Inspirational Anthem It’s not every day that an emerging artist has a chance to make a song with an established music legend. Often, the opportunity can be a vehicle to help gain valuable credibility and visibility. But when a song’s theme runs parallel with an artist’s struggle, success almost seems destined. Such is the story of Motivate, the song artist Lexz Pryde envisions as “the catalyst for a movement with a mission to inspire people to pursue their dreams despite obstacles.” According to Lexz, the obstacles she had to overcome to make Motivate’s May 22nd release reality made her realize what success really is – it’s staring defeat in the face and still charging forward. It’s being told “no” so many times that you become numb to the word. This is the impact Lexz wants “Motivate” to have on listeners – you CAN achieve your dreams. The Motivate video, which features Snoop Dogg aside up-and-comers Lexz Pryde, Blade Brown, and street artist Skyler Grey (not to be confused with Holly Haffermann, aka singer Skylar Grey), is living proof that dreams can come true. “You just have to be willing to get kicked in the face a lot and still keep moving forward,” confesses Lexz. “On the set for the Motivate video in Culver City, I thought we’d finally made it. Little did I know that my will would be tested yet again. Snoop was in his trailer getting ready, when suddenly I hear screaming. Turns out that the studio manager inexplicably kicked Snoop’s best friend off of our set. Within minutes, Snoop caught wind of what had happened and stormed off the set, while my dreams came crashing down! We could’ve just given up then, returned to our hotel, and accepted our fate. Instead, we pleaded with Snoop’s manager Kevin Barkey to figure something out. We couldn’t afford to reschedule. Thankfully, Snoop invited us to finish filming at one of his compounds in LA. But time was limited, so we had to gather our resources and rush over there ASAP. And we somehow made it happen - mission accomplished! Obviously my struggle is nothing compared to what others are going through in other parts of the world. But I hope that Motivate can encourage people to share their stories of struggle & success, which will in turn inspire others.” Since Snoop himself has been transitioning creatively over the past couple of years, (his 2013 album under the moniker Snoop Lion included anti-violence messages) the timing is perfect. “I'm never able to perform in situations where I'd love to because I don't have those kinds of songs...My songs are too hard,” admitted Snoop.
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