Syler's passion: 'Labours of Lost Love'

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Glenn Gamboa Newsday columnist Glenn Gamboa

Glenn Gamboa writes about music for Newsday.

Syler is ready for his next step.

The Plainview native released his album "Labours of Lost Love" on Valentine's Day, but it's about to get a major push.

"It's gaining traction now," he says, following the release of the video for the single "All for Leyna," his hip-hop reworking of the Billy Joel rock classic. "It's a great gateway into the rest of the album."

Syler carried that idea into the release of the "All for Leyna" video, tacking on a snippet of his song "Down Before" to continue the video's action, the way stars in the '90s used their clips to drum up interest in later singles. It worked, with "Down Before" drawing the attention of DJ Green Lantern, currently Nas' DJ as well as a radio disc jockey, who plans to use the song on his new mixtape, due out Tuesday.

"His mixtapes really go everywhere," Syler says. "I'm really excited about that."

In fact, Syler, who took a break from music to focus on his career as well as a screenplay, is excited about music in general. "I've been performing a little bit and now I just want to perform more," he says. "I've caught the bug again."

He's already written seven songs for his next album but is waiting to see how "Labours of Lost Love" does before he records them.

"I'm really excited about the new songs -- they have this musicality to them, while still being raw hip-hop," he says. "But I know this album, 'Labours of Lost Love,' is good enough to generate a buzz. I know it's going to advance me in the game and increase my profile. I'm willing to wait."

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