My Weekend

Catching movies is rapper Kevin Lester's (above) favourite way to spend the weekend.
Catching movies is rapper Kevin Lester's (above) favourite way to spend the weekend.PHOTO: THA ARTIST

It has been a busy year for Singapore rapper Thelioncityboy, whose real name is Kevin Lester. The 31- year-old performed at the New York edition of Singapore: Inside Out, an international creative showcase that brings together Singapore artists of different disciplines, and was also involved in the year-long Scape Invasion Tour, which concluded last week.

Tomorrow, he will take the stage with other home-grown acts such as Shigga Shay and Vanessa Fernandez at ZoukOut 2015, Singapore's biggest dance festival, in Sentosa.

He lives with his wife, musician Aarika Lee, 32, and their two young children, Zola and Ari, in an HDB flat in north-east Singapore.

What is a typical weekend for you?

No weekend is ever the same.

Some days are spent at events and some in the studio. I love the studio - I can hide in that space and write the day away at times.

Aarika and I get invited for openings, product launches and tastings, so it's great there's always something new to experience.

For personal time, I go to the gym. The shows are high-energy and intense, so I make sure to keep fit and healthy. But the gym is also a great space to zone out and clear my head.

If there are no shows that weekend, I'll try to stay home with Aarika and the kids. They're my support system, so I make sure I get enough time with them.

What do you do for leisure?

I'm a huge football fan. If I can squeeze in some time on the pitch, that would be perfect. Like most Singaporeans, it's usually futsal. I also play Fifa 16 on my gaming console.

Some Fridays, I'm at Canvas Singapore, a club in Upper Circular Road, with friends. There are also other bands there. It's the only place on a Friday with good hip-hop music.

My favourite way to spend the weekend is watching a movie, actually - at the cinema or at home on the couch with a bag of chips and whisky.

If you could go for an overseas weekend getaway, where would it be?

I've recently fallen in love with Bali. I thought it was good before, but that place has my heart now. There's just so much to do.

It could be lunch or brunch and a surf lesson at Potato Head Beach Club, then tea at Sisterfields cafe, dinner at Made's Warung, then a party at Hotel Mexicola.

What would be a perfect end to the week for you?

Whatever that ends with a glass of whisky.

If you could hang out with anyone, dead or alive, for a weekend, who would it be?

Right now, it's got to be Canadian hip-hop artist Drake. I'm influenced by his music and work ethic. The guy puts out amazing work. I just want to sit him down and learn from him.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on December 11, 2015, with the headline 'My Weekend'. Print Edition | Subscribe