DC rapper Lightshow held a private listening party Wednesday evening at Zanzibar (1901 Pennsylvania, Ave.), where he played his new mixtape The Way I See It in its entirety. The event was presented by All In Entertainment and featured DJ Young Music on the turntables.
Lightshow unveiled his latest project in front of an attentive audience of family members, music journalists and DMV insiders. Among those in attendance were Girard Street Garvey, DJ Ratchet, P-Stew (WKYS), Melisa Kim, DJ Anonymous, Mo Betta (Santa Cause), and Byrd (I Got It 4 Free).
Lightshow has the potential to become DC’s next superstar and he raises expectations to a loftier level with each subsequent release. Last year he was named by both Complex Magazine and WPGC as a “Rapper To Watch” – and the hip-hop industry is definitely watching. The Way I See It is hosted by DJ Khaled, one of rap music’s top producers and a prominent music business power player.
“We had the concept and reached out to DJ Khaled and he came through for us,” says Lightshow. “To have Khaled give me his stamp was real major.”
On the mixtape’s outro, DJ Khaled makes it clear the respect is mutual. “Lightshow you’re lighting up the country right now, ” Khaled gushes. “I just don’t host (anybody’s) tape. That means you’re nice. That means you’re connected!”
The Way I See It is another quality release from Lightshow. He has perfected the art of spitting trap-heavy lyrics over booming, and sometimes menacing, beats. The production is slick and cinematic from beginning to end. Lightshow proves on song after song that very few rappers can tell DC hood stories better than him, but he really shows his talent on the more introspective material. He shines on the socially relevant “Better Way”, and “Who I Lean On” – a tribute to the ride-or-die female.
Other standout songs on the 19-track endeavor are “Family”; “All Da Money”; “It’s Alright” featuring Shy Glizzy; “Cali Prices” featuring Big Shaad; “Plug Luv” featuring Atlanta rapper Kap G; and “How High” featuring One Way Boobe from the Oy Boyz.
Lightshow believes the new mixtape, which took over 5 months to complete, is his best work to date.
“Life Sentence 2 opened a lot of doors for me, but I was going through a lot of personal trials and tribulations during the recording of that project,” he says matter-of-factly. “I had more fun on this one. I have better beats and sonically it’s better. I’m just in a better place right now.”
The Way I See It is available for download at: http://www.livemixtapes.com/mixtapes/31355/lightshow-the-way-i-see-it.html