When Lucas Johnson is taking part in effectively, he’s received rhythm. He’s received a way of timing.
When he appears to be like on the discipline he sees past the static positions of the opposite gamers. He traces them up in his head and decides essentially the most environment friendly approach to get the ball down the sector.
When Johnson talks off the sector, he’s fascinated with each phrase. Lining them up in his head, deciding on essentially the most environment friendly approach to specific himself.
This capability to have a look at what’s coming and know how you can meet it is necessary if you’re operating down yards as Johnson, a UM senior switch, does with the soccer crew. Nevertheless it’s additionally necessary if you’re matching a beat, as Johnson does beneath his rap moniker, Luc J.
“I used to put in writing at a younger age, I’ve at all times cherished writing,” Johnson stated. “I simply form of began turning stuff into music.”
Johnson transferred to Montana from San Diego State this semester, after passing for over 1,400 yards and 12 touchdowns in 2021 with the Aztecs. Johnson was a robust quarterback in his highschool profession as effectively, taking part in within the Division II state championship sport in California. When he graduated from Mt. Carmel Excessive Faculty in 2016, he had been a selection recruit of a youthful Bobby Hauck, who was assistant coach at San Diego State on the time.
He nearly dedicated to his hometown faculty, however determined on the final minute to go a wholly totally different route, signing on with a full scholarship at Georgia Tech and transferring throughout the nation. Whereas in Georgia, he discovered a second ardour to occupy his thoughts whereas off the sector.
“It’s soccer first, however you understand, once I was in Atlanta I began rapping,” Johnson stated.
Luc J. has an EP on Sound Cloud and three tracks launched as singles on Spotify. Based on his Spotify profile, Johnson began focusing extra on music when some accidents pressured him off the sector. He turned to music to avoid wasting him from the melancholy of not taking part in soccer.
“‘No Love’ is like my very first one which I ever dropped,” Johnson stated with a curt smile. “That received a number of love.”
The monitor at present has over 32,000 hits on Spotify and one other 13,000 on Sound Cloud. “No Love” is a melodic rap track much like Juice WRLD, however with a quicker circulation. The beat is extra plucky and upbeat like Pop Smoke.
Johnson stated he listens to many alternative rappers, however takes a number of inspiration and vitality from R&B music.
“Actually, earlier than video games I’m actually not a giant rap dude,” Johnson stated. “I like R&B and stuff. It’s bizarre. I’m bizarre like that.”
Since coming to Montana, Johnson has been just a little disconnected from the hip-hop scene, however stated he plans to maintain recording songs within the close to future. His producers in Atlanta ship him new beats to work with and he’s in talks with different native musicians to get some issues began in Missoula.
“There’s a few guys on the crew,” stated Johnson. “They haven’t dropped something but however yeah, now we have some producers out right here.”
Information of the 24-year-old quarterback becoming a member of the Griz has made its rounds. Whereas his athletic prowess is on the forefront of UM soccer consideration, his music is staying out of the highlight.
Though he’s keen about each, he is aware of which expertise introduced him to Montana and retains it on the high of his priorities.
“I’m simply trying ahead to getting on the market and taking part in with these guys,” Johnson stated. “I simply need a nationwide championship.”
Hauck has been scouting Johnson since highschool, however he hasn’t paid a lot consideration to his different endeavors. The coach prefers nation to different genres and principally solely checks out new music when his gamers attempt to add it into apply playlists. He admitted he listens to a little bit of every part and peruses all of the music his gamers submit.
“I simply oversee the dearth of express lyrics. Apart from that [it] is form of on them,” Hauck stated.
Hauck didn’t understand Johnson had such an lively music output or how huge “No Love” was on-line.
“I don’t find out about all that,” Hauck stated with a chuckle. “I do know he throws the ball fairly effectively.”
He stated he would like to get Johnson’s music added to the stadium playlists sooner or later, however with a small caveat.
“That’d be nice,” Hauck stated. “Perhaps if he has a superb sport in some unspecified time in the future, we’ll do this.”
Johnson accomplished 10 of his 20 passes whereas taking part in for each groups in UM’s spring sport on April 8. He had 34 complete passing yards with a passing landing within the sport, which was dominated by protection.
That is the third time he has transferred colleges, and the third crew he’s performed for as a university athlete. However Johnson has excessive hopes with Missoula and appears ahead to every part apart from the chilly climate.
“I’ve been by means of the method earlier than. It form of upset my mother once more, as a result of she was so glad that I used to be residence however you understand, she understands,” he stated.