Lightshow releases new Kalamora Heights album

The DMV area’s rise to prominence— when it comes to the hip-hop/rap and r&b scene, it strengthens as the years shift. To see Wale go from “One Thing About A Playa” with Backyard Band to where he is now—a star known worldwide—well it’s not a story we hear about often from the Metropolitan area. As the city lifted artists to higher places, the places where these artists reside have been transformed into other developments.

26-year-old Southeast, D.C.-native Lightshow began noticing the gentrification happen in a neighborhood he grew up in, 10th Place Southeast in Congress Heights. Lightshow recently released his album Kalorama Heights and he shares details with us on the reason behind the project’s name, the same neighborhood where the Obama’s moved into after the White House.

“To me it’s just about speaking dreams into existence. We’re at a time where gentrification is running rampant so people can’t even afford to live in the neighborhoods they’re from,” Lightshow, born Larinzo Lambright-Williams shares with us. “Kalorama Heights is one of the more prominent neighborhoods in my city. My quest is to stay in DC any means necessary. The project title is about self-reflection and shooting for the stars.”

“Shoot For The Stars” just so happens to be Lightshow’s second single from the project, following the released during the Spring season.

Rapper Lightshow Talks Gentrification, 'Kalorama Heights' Album and his City, D.C.

The album brings us 14 tracks, 14 tracks which was almost extended but Lightshow has other plans for the remaining records.

“I recorded more. I did not want to cut it down to 14 songs but it ended up being the best thing to do. I’m already working and planning out the next album and we’ll add those songs to whatever comes next, because I still believe in those tracks.”

Throughout his career, Lightshow has collaborated with some pretty big names. His 2014 mixtape The Way I See It was homered by DJ Khaled. Lightshow has gone on to collaborate with 21 Savage, YFN Lucci, Shy Glizzy, Wale, Kap G and many more. Although these are notable, Lightshow aims to join other artists on music.

“There are so many artists that I rock with. I’d be down to collaborate with anyone who wants to collaborate with me. I still want to work with the greats though. I still need a ‪Jay Z‬ verse, Kendrick, Nas, Em, 50… I still love the greats so much. Kanye, anyone in that realm.”

The music scene in the DMV is seen from various angles, each perspective delivering their own view of how the movement of the scene circulates in the area. There’s a lot of love swimming but also hate can drown out the appreciation. Lightshow receives acknowledgement from his city and continues to put in the work to propel him to new levels of success.Rapper Lightshow Talks Gentrification, 'Kalorama Heights' Album and his City, D.C.

“I thrive on it. If you can’t come back home, it make everything else worthless,” he says.

Seeing where Lightshow’s priorities land is humbling. There’s a sense of pride that goes into his music and the love he has for his city.

“I love that they appreciate me and it makes me feel like it’s my job to inspire people from inside to outside. I believe that your geography is tied to your destiny.”

Gentrification may come, but you can’t take the expedition away—led by an influx of life lessons and creative drive. Lightshow is in control and he continues to shoot for the stars. The album, a 14-track display of why Lightshow remains one of the city’s brightest stars. You can’t mention the DMV music scene without mentioning this man.

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