Lightshow – Shoot for the Stars (Prod. By Shane Alexander)


With an urgent and energetic delivery and a ferocious commitment to his neighborhood, Lightshow is one of the most talented up-and-comers in the DMV. After releasing several acclaimed Mixtapes, Lightshow is ready to accept the next step with Kalorama Heights, his upcoming project. Named after the wealthy neighborhood in Washington, DC that is home to the Obamas, Kalorama Heights is a dear letter to Lightshow’s city, detailing his come-up and chronicling the day-to-day life of the less-fortunate as they strive to make it in the nation’s capital.

Lightshow shares “Shoot For The Stars,” an aspirational and motivational banger. Filling the cavernous space in the twinkling, bass-driven beat, Lightshow lays out his mission statement for the album, attack each word with a forceful draw before taking root into a sweetly-sung hook: “Momma said shoot for the stars/Ma look at me I’m a superstar!” Featuring appearances from YFN Lucci and others, Kalorama Heights releases on November 3rd.

Born and brought up in Washington, DC, more specifically 10th Place Southeast in Congress Heights, Lightshow started rapping at 11-years-old, recording his rhymes over the instrumental outgrowth of his favorite hip-hop tracks. As a teenager, Lightshow made his finger cymbals as a recording engineer, assisting in recording sessions for DC rappers such as Shy Glizzy and Wale. It was Wale who gave Lightshow his first time out, recruiting him to appear on “Georgetown Press,” a track from Wale’s 2012 mixtape Folarin. After his Wale feature, Lightshow started to gain traction as a rapper outside of the DMV, recording several mixtapes including The Way I See It, hosted by DJ Khaled. Last year, Lightshow released Life Sentence 3, which featured an appearance from A$AP Ant and boasted “Need A Lighter,” Lightshow’s collaboration with 21 Savage, which reached over 7 million streams on Spotify. Lightshow looks to hold on his upward trajectory with Kalorama Heights. “I don’t gotta go to Beverly Hills, I can be right in my city,” said Lightshow in a recent interview with The Washington Post. “If it’s full enough for Obama, it’s good enough for me.”

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Written by Landon Buford

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