It’s the moment he’s been waiting for.
D.C. rapper Lightshow is readying for the biggest show of his career, headlining his very own concert on Friday, Sept. 8 at The Fillmore in Silver Spring, Md.
“You want to give the fans a full experience but you can’t do every song, so it’s like, let me try and pick the right ones to do,” Lightshow said. “The main part of the preparation is pooling the songs together. Putting songs in order the best I can. Making sure I go out there and put on a show for the people.”
He is the latest in a slew of prominent rappers to come out of the D.C. region in recent years, including Wale, Shy Glizzy and Chaz French. But Lightshow describes his sound as unique in a world where Future and Migos — and anyone who sounds remotely like them — dominate radio airplay.
“I would describe my sound as unique,” he said. “It’s one me. I learned a long time ago you can be inspired by anybody but it’s only one me. All you can be in this world is the best version of yourself. My music sound like somebody on a journey that’s trying to become the best version of themselves.”
Born Larinzo Lambright-Williams, young Lightshow grew up in Southeast, first finding his affinity for words while writing poems for his mother.
“I started off putting words together in the form of a poem,” he said. “I wrote my mom a poem when she got home from work when I was around nine and she liked it. It was just me and my mother in the house. I was already mature at a young age and I wanted to make sure my mom was good in every way. I use to pray that I knew what to say in any situation so I can get myself out. All that stuff translated into me playing with words a lot.”
In his teenage years, with the support of his mother, Lightshow entered talent shows, performing at open mics and teaching himself along the way.
“The first thing that got me to the next level was that at a young age, my mom gave me that support,” he said.
But it wasn’t until a fortunate encounter that things really began to take off.
“Once I was out here, I ran into this guy named A.B.,” he said. “He was one of the first people to put me in a studio and show me the ropes of making music. That right there helped me a whole lot. I got to learn under them what it’s like to be an independent artist, see the grind day in and day out as far as going in the streets passing out CDs, performing at cookouts and anywhere I could get a mic set up.”
With his new album, “Kalorama,” in the works, Lightshow wants his music to be motivation for those from neighborhoods like the one he grew up in.
“It’s motivation music, 100 percent, because I’m only talking about stuff I done been through and have seen the outcome,” Lightshow said. “It’s a testimony that somebody else can hear. I know if I’m honest they can relate to it.
“It’s music that when you’re right there on the edge, it gives you that extra push that says you know what I can handle this,” he said.