Lute — Dreamville

Lute named the project West 1996 because he’s from the west side of Charlotte and fell in love with hip-hop in 1996.

Luther “Lute” Nicholson’ was born in
West Charlotte, North Carolina.

Lute’s Dilla-produced head nodder, “Still Slummin’,” was included on the Revenge Of The Dreamers II Dreamville compilation.

Lute officially signed to Dreamville Records in 2015.


Lute - Ambitions Remix

Lute connects with his Charlotte NC family, Deniro Farrar & Cyanca, for a Queen City Remix of Ambitions (a favorite from his West 1996 Pt. 2 project).

Listen to Lute ‘West 1996 Pt.2’

Lute to perform 2018 A3C in ATL

Catch Lute this October at the 14th annual A3C festival in Atlanta, GA. For tickets and info check here.


Long awaited line-up for the Dreamville Fest is out! Headliners include: J. Cole, SZA, Big Sean, Young Thug, Nelly and many more!

The festival will be benefiting Dreamville Foundation
and Dix Park Conservancy

Tickets and Details

Mass Appeal Movie Night w/ Scott Lazer & Anthony Supreme

During Coachella, Dreamvilles own Scott Lazer and Anthony Supreme sat down with Mass Appeal for Music Video Night. This intimate screening live from Palm Springs Art Museum. The Charlotte, North Carolina-natives discussed their backgrounds and how they both reconnected in LA while pursuing filmmaking. They broke down their individual and collaborative videos for J. Cole, Cozz, Bas, Lute, Ari Lennox, SAINt JHN, JID & Earthgang. They talked about their creative approach, the grind of touring and what they’ve learned from working with J. Cole.

Never Had Sh!t Tour | Episode 3

A.K.A. the third episode A.K.A. there will be a fourth one A.K.A. click play already!

Never Had Sh!t Tour | Episode 2

Follow along with J.I.D and EARTHGANG for the second part of their west coast tour in cities Los Angeles, Santa Barbara, Phoenix, Denver, Salt Lake City, and Albuquerque.

Never Had Sh!t Tour | Episode 1

Follow Dreamvilles Spillage Village camp on Act II of the Never Had Sh!t Tour. In episode 1 of their west coast tour, they stop in Seattle, Sacramento, Santa Cruz, Oakland, Fresno, and Santa Ana.

Rolling Loud 2018

The team decided to take over Rolling Loud 2018. Catch Cole, Bas, Cozz, and Lute on Friday. On Saturday Omen and J.I.D will grace the stage. And on Sunday our own EarthGang.

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Vevo meets Lute

‘VEVO meets’ continues with our own Lute. He talks pre Dreamville days, the Harmonica and love for Jazz and Blues.

The Never Had Sh!t Tour II

Fresh off a successful run we announce a second leg of the Never Had Sh!t Tour coming in 2018. J.I.D, EarthGang with special guests Lute and Chaz French keep the show on the road next year.

Never Tour

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LUTE - Still Slummin'

Directed by Scott Lazer

Listen to Lute ‘West 1996 Pt.2’

Lute For VIBE Live

Lute sits down with VIBE Live to talk about connecting with J.Cole while still working at Walmart.

Stream WEST 1996 PT. 2


RESPECT Mag sat down with Lute to talk about the album, the story of the J. Cole call, his daughter, finding a ton of youtube producers and more.

Full Interview

LUTE - Morning Shift

Fresh off his WEST 1996 PT. 2 release, LUTE debuted new visuals for ‘Morning Shift’

Stream WEST 1996 PT. 2

The Never Had Sh!t Tour

Dreamville Presents The Never Had Sh!t Tour with J.I.D, and EarthGang with special guests Lute and Chaz French.

Never Tour

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Lute Feat. EarthGang - Premonition

Lute drops first single ‘Premonition’ featuring EarthGang
from his upcoming project, West 1996 Pt. 2!

Now streaming.

West 1996 Pt. 2

West 1996 Pt. 2 is a window into the last five years of his life. The obstacles, the challenges, the changes. The album features artist including Elevator Jay, High I’m Ry and EarthGang.

Lute: Still Slummin' Documentary

Dreamville/Interscope Records recording artist Lute will release his debut album, West 1996 Pt.2 on September 29th at all digital retailers. The debut album is the follow up to his first solo mixtape West 1996 Pt.1 which dropped in 2012. His mixtape success caught the ear of J. Cole who later signed the rising rapper to Dreamville Records in 2015.


“My album is a accumulation of chapters and events leading up to Dreamville signing me. It’s a window into the last five years of my life…the obstacles, the challenges, the changes. It’s also motivation to not let people or circumstances define who you are. My only competition is the person I was yesterday. I’ve been patient and very appreciative of this platform and now its time to show what I’m capable of.” -LUTE

Lute - Juggin'

Directed by Anthony Supreme

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Lute - Juggin'

Lute drops his debut single ‘Juggin’ from his upcoming project, West 1996 Pt. 2!

Now streaming.

Revenge of the Dreamers II

The sequel to 2014’s Revenge of the Dreamers compilation features a nine-track set with appearances from Cole, Omen, Cozz, Lute, Ari and Bas. The Dreamville crew also make appearances, alongside the Social Experiment’s Donnie Trumpet and Correy C.