With such an intense history of gangs, drug kingpins, and harsh street life, I find it surprising that D.C. has been slow to deliver on hip-hop talent. However, D.C. artist have began emerging, and I’m enjoying what they have to offer. It’s clear that Wale has really opened up the D.C. scene, showcasing that talents that lies within, however there is plenty of upcoming talent coming out of the city: Fat Trel, Shy Glizzy, and Black Cobain to name a few. Heavy hitters don’t come very often, and when they do, it’s a beautiful experience for music lovers.
Currently on the come-up, is a star in the making, a genuine MC with more than “swag” and hype to reel in fans. Lightshow hit the scene clean, laying a dope verse on Georgetown Press, a soulful track on Wale’s Mr. Folarin mixtape in late 2012; followed by collaborations with artists such as Chief Keef, Jose Guapo, and Big Shaad. In the Spring of 2013, he dropped his Get Well Soon mixtape, hosted by DJ Lean and DJ Eazy.
Lightshow’s tracks give an honest glimpse into D.C.’s street life, from hustling, coping with the reality of street life, and making it out of the gutter — all while giving a wise heads up to listeners. It’s a nice break from artist merely following the pack and glorifying the struggles they face. Lightshow dropped another solid project, his latest mixtape, Life Sentence 2 on December 23rd, with solid lyrics ad consistent word play. If this is what we can expect from future projects, Lghtshows definitely headed or a bright career.