Words are compelling. Whether they are written, spoken, or thought of, words can hurt and heal, ruin and build, dishearten and encourage, and more. While some people do not pay regard to how they are harnessing the power of words, multi-talented personality Leonard Denis, also known as Lenny Nostra, is admiringly intentional about how he uses them.
This Haitian icon was born in Brooklyn, New York, to Haitian parents, growing up in the city and then later moving to Philadelphia. Highly acclaimed for his work as an artist, author, and philanthropist, Lenny Nostra has been making a mark in multiple industries.
For more than fifteen years now, Lenny Nostra has taken center stage as an underground Philly rapper, creating music with the likes of Styles P., King Los, Reed Dollaz, and Rik Lennon. The years he has dedicated to the industry are a testament to how passionate he is about the craft. Growing up in a rough neighborhood in Philadelphia meant that he was exposed to the risk of drugs and violence. In his refusal to be caught up in endeavors that could be detrimental for him and his dreams, he turned to music.
Today, Lenny Nostra takes pride in his signature sound, which is a marriage of tones inspired by his spirituality and that of his first-hand perspective of the streets. Boasting a discography of songs that are unique and real to the inner city, this music enthusiast is the creative mind behind the tracks “Here We Go Again,” “Vaccine,” “Knew Better Do Better,” and more.
In all of his releases, he meticulously crafts every detail to ensure that, whether in words or beats, the finished product is able to touch the hearts of listeners, especially those who have witnessed and experienced life in the hood.
With his pen as another instrument in standing as a source of inspiration for others, Lenny Nostra is highly involved in the writing scene. He has published three books so far, the latter of which he finished in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. “The Battle of the Unconscious Mind,” released back in April, explores how to train one’s mind to think positively. It aims to highlight the importance of manifesting a person’s desires and believing that anything can be possible.
Additionally, Lenny Nostra has turned to podcasts to expand his reach and have his words heard by countless more individuals. He launched Community XChange to talk about topics that matter and give a platform to personalities who have a tale to tell.
In the coming years, Lenny Nostra hopes to create bigger waves in several industries. With the latest release of his first mainstream album called “Nostradamus 3 (United States Genocide), he is set to reach impressive heights and looks forward to dropping more phenomenal tracks. Also, as he climbs his way to the top, he plans to remain committed to serving others through the youth development-oriented non-profit organization that he has created.