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Lunchmoney Lewis on Getting Love From Liam Payne & Meghan Trainor for Hit 'Bills'

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Lunchmoney Lewis photographed in 2015.

The 27-year-old will release his debut LP later this year on Dr. Luke's Kemosabe label through Columbia.

Billboard spoke to the 27-year-old, who will release his debut LP later this year on Dr. Luke's Kemosabe label through Columbia.

"Bills" got immediate Twitter love from artists like Meghan Trainor and One Direction's Liam Payne. Did you think it would resonate this quickly?

When [songwriters] Ricky Reed, Jacob Kasher and I worked on the song, I wasn't really thinking about anything -- we did the song together in 30 minutes. I was just having a good time and trying to write a song that was true to me.

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Producer Salaam Remi (Nas, Amy ­Winehouse) gave you your nickname. How did you connect with him?

I met him through my brother. He took a liking to me really young -- it was probably 11th, 12th grade. He let me hang around and write and come to the studio. One day he called me "Lunch Money," and then everyone started calling me that. Lewis is my real last name.

What do you hope fans will take away from your recent Bills EP?

I want people to get to know me and hear more music. I have soul stuff, hip-hop soul; I wrote "Trini Dem Girls" on Nicki [Minaj's] album -- that's got a reggae vibe. I have a lot of different styles; and I can't wait for people to hear them.

This story originally appeared in the May 2 issue of Billboard