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Miami Vibes with LunchMoney Lewis

Words by Jesse Serwer
With Scott Brown
Photos by Maria Izaurralde

LunchMoney Lewis’ “Bills” is shaping up to be one of the defining songs of the summer. Currently in heavy rotation on pop radio stations everywhere (both in full and during those segments where they offer to pay listeners’ bills), it’s already spent two weeks at No. 1 in Australia, and just debuted atop the iTunes charts in the U.K. Al Roker has danced to it on the Today Show. Not bad for a category-defying debut single from an artist few people had heard of before “Bills” leaked in February.

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Al Roker and The Today Show mention Inner Circle During Exclusive Interview with LunchMoney Lewis

”When your dad and uncle are the pair behind the uber-catchy “Bad Boys” song (the “Cops” theme), you have a lot to live up to. On the other hand, you probably have super-catchy hooks flowing in your bloodstream.

With his debut solo hit “Bills” – which some are already calling the hit of the summer – Gamal “LunchMoney” Lewis proves he’s definitely a member of the family.

“Feels amazing, man,” Lewis told TODAY’s Al Roker on Friday. “I’m glad people like it and they’re relating to it. And are making, like, their own kind of videos with their family.”

Since February, the YouTube video for “Bills” (warning: some salty language) has been viewed over 10 million times, and there are many parodies and homages to it on the web. And why not? It’s a super-catchy, piano-driven tune with an equally delightful, lighthearted video.

Lewis’ initial success came from appearing on Nicki Minaj’s 2014 album “The Pinkprint” and by writing songs for Jessie J (“Burnin’ Up”) and Fifth Harmony (“Bo$$”).

But he’s quite proud of his accomplishment with “Bills” and isn’t afraid to shout it from the rooftops. Or from his car window. The first time he heard the tune on the radio, he told Roker, “I really wanted to wind the window down and scream out like, ‘Turn it up. It’s not loud enough.’”

Check out the song – and Roker’s very special version (featuring a special appearance from Matt Lauer) – the latest, and possibly greatest, homage of all!

Reggae In The UK Inner Circle Performs at the Historic Jazz Cafe July 15

Inner Circle + Open The Gate Sound in London, UK

WEDNESDAY 15TH JULY 2015, 7:00 PM
TICKETS: £20.00 AVD £25.00 ON THE DOOR BUY TICKETS

To anyone who’s familiar with Inner Circle’s 20-year-plus history in the reggae field and their immense popularity around the world-there’s much more to Inner Circle than what meets the eye. Indeed, this Jamaican-bred, Grammy winning quintet is one of the world’s most respected reggae groups with a long string of successes stretching back to the mid-70′s. Inner Circle’s special brand of pop-oriented Jamaican beats and energy -filled live performances have allowed the band to transcend the traditional reggae niche and enjoy widespread crossover appeal. A testament to this is the fact that Inner Circle plays at many of the world’s largest music festivals-headlining alongside such towering pop and rock music icons as Elton John, Peter Gabriel, Van Morrison, Sinead O’Conner, The Black Crowes, Jimmy Page, Robert Plant, Carlos Santana, and many others.

Along the way, the group has withstood two-and-a-half decades of triumph and tragedy, thanks to a shared belief in music’s power to unite and heal, and to the intensely loyal sense of family that’s kept the band vital through some turbulent times.” In 1978, while playing for the now infamous Reggae Peace Concer, the band achieved a major breakthrough when Chris Blackwell signed the group to Island Records. That same year, they achieved substantial commercial success with the Island album Everything Is Great, which became a Top 20 hit in the U.K and a Top 10 smash in France, and produced the popular singles “Mary, Mary” and “Music Machine.”