Gustavo Ortega (@GustavoA_Ortega)
LOS ANGELES, CA - “When I grab the mic, I might just turn into Devin Hester and take it to the house,” Henry Lopez described through lyrics how sports and music complement each other.
Lopez is a music artist and even though singing and creating music is his passion, sports have always been part of his life.
The Dodgers, Lakers and Raiders are the teams his father inherit to him ever since he was a kid.
Music is full of sports and sports is full of music, a universal connection that represents sports culture.
Lopez is known as LA Peace in the music world.
“I write with the pencil because the pencil is mightier than the sword and my message stands for peace,” said Lopez on what his artistic name meant.
Besides having a microphone on one hand, LA Peace wears his Dodger hats on on stage while performing his songs.
“I love wearing my Dodgers hat, dodger blue is iconic, but is a little bit for the play of my name, LA Peace,” he expressed. “I don’t really like repping other teams, so you’ll always see me with a Dodgers, Lakers or Raiders hat because those are my teams.”
He started freestyling at 13 years-old, and writing music when he was 19, while playing sports. His music career began in Pico Rivera, doing open mic nights, which eventually led him to create connections. He made it to East Los Angeles and Boyle Heights, his base where he keeps creating and recording his music.
Since 2010, LA Peace knew he wanted to become a musician and began learning how to write and creating the right music and by 2011 he met his “partner in rhyme,” Ghost. Both started working together and became a duo called Divine Intervention and made their first album in 2017.
His influences and style comes from listening to A Tribe Called Quest, De La Soul, Common, Most Def, Immortal Technique, and even music in Spanish.
Lopez and his partner Ghost have performed at the Nobel when they opened for Digable Planets. The duo has also performed at the Observatory, and have opened up for Immortal Technique and KRS-ONE.
LA Peace plans to finish his solo album this year as he is three songs away from putting it all together while working on a new video.
After, he wants to keep working with his “partner in rhyme,” Ghost on Divine Intervention as they have performed in 10 shows and would like to do 20 to 25 before the year ends.
“We got some shows coming up in East L.A, Boyle Heights, San Diego, and we’re trying to add more before the year ends,” Lopez said.
You can follow LA Peace on Instagram (@lapeace_) and listen to Divine Intervention (@divine_intervention91) on Spotify, Apple Music, Google Play, Youtube as DivineIntervention91 (no space).
Lopez wants to bring music to the people and perhaps in the near future set up a tour.
“I don’t focus to see if a song is going to get to one million plays, I make the song to see if people are going to play it a million times,” LA Peace said in regards to where he finds his motivation to keep going in the music industry.