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Friday, September 2, 2016

Life Sentence 3 (Documentary) 86 America

Buzzing independent Washington, DC hip hop artist, Lightshow, continues to improve over time. With the highly anticipated release of the third installment of the “Life Sentence” series on August 26th, Lightshow once again made an impactful buzz in the hip hop community.

The album features XXL Freshman Class 2016’s 21 Savage as well as A$AP MOB’s A$AP Ant and production by up and coming producers Yung Lan and Chris Beats. Within 24 hours of its release, the album ranked #7 on iTunes’ hip hop chart, going head to head with other notable favorites, DJ Khaled and Vince Staples. Less than one week after its release, the project continues to garner great reviews from fans and hip hop critics.

In this “Life Sentence 3” album, Lightshow tells stories about life experiences that readily identify with his listeners and others. There is a signature richness and power to the music that has this generation of hip hop fans discovering his qualities and reputation as an artist and a songwriter. This album represents the honest best of what hip hop can be and portrayed through the eyes of this rising young talent. It is unpretentious and, perhaps most of all, it is distinctly a testament to the struggles, hopes and aspirations of our generation and particularly that of young black men in America. The songs are about finding a way through a world that has become increasingly complex, challenging and at times even dangerous.

The cover art for the album is a further reflection of the meaningful lyrics in each song and of the overall Life Sentence message. The visual features two versions of the young artist - one as a prosecutor pleading a case and the other as a defendant in an orange jumpsuit – representing what could have been his “life sentence” in two different scenarios. The rest of the visual elements speak volumes as it echoes the social climate today.

A documentary was also made available online following the album’s release describing the historical context and showcasing the genius behind Lightshow. Check it out here. If that’s not enough, get your chance to see Lightshow perform live on stage this coming Friday, September 2nd at the historical Howard Theater, in Washington DC. Tickets are on sale now.

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