The Interrogation Room: Lightshow

 

It was a Tuesday afternoon, somewhere around 4 PM and I was in a meeting with my advisor at school when I received a text. “Adam walk out of your meeting right now” with a picture attached. The picture was an email screenshot from All In Entertainment that read something along the lines of  “If you’d like to interview Lightshow meet downtown at 5:30 PM.” I couldn’t just walk out of a meeting I just walked into but this interview was one we had been vying for and I couldn’t miss out on the opportunity. More important than the meeting, I hadn’t drafted a single question for the interview and had maybe listened to “The Way I See It” twice all the way through. But, I left the meeting as fast as I could and sped downtown listening to the mixtape the entire ride, rush hour traffic was in full swing, and finding a place to park was literally impossible so I ended up spending ten dollars to park in a garage showing up 10 minutes late. We (Devin and I) walk into the location we were supposed to meet and see no sign of Lightshow, out of courtesy to the establishment we were set to meet in I went to buy a drink but they were cleaning up. I asked what time they closed and was told 15 minutes, so by this time I was feeling like we had just gotten “stood up.” Though I was disappointed, I also felt a small sense of relief that we would get time to draft questions for the interview. 15 minutes passed and we left the shop with heavy hearts, but we were already downtown and had paid for parking so we decided we were going to make something of our time here. We walked around downtown DC and ran into a charming young lady who just happened to be the person we had been emailing about the interview. She told us Lightshow was on his way and that the interview would go on, a full 180 degree turn. This is where we encountered our second problem: our camera crew was nowhere to be found. Traffic at 6 PM in downtown DC is no joke use public transportation, seriously. Fast forward it’s 6:30 PM, we are just getting altogether for an interview that was scheduled for 5:30 PM luckily, the star of our interview hadn’t arrived yet either. We’re in a coffee shop when Lightshow walks in; the immediate reaction in the room was that star struck feeling but he showed himself to be a normal guy. Before I continue, I want to state that this interview was by far the most eye-opening interview I’ve done as far as the things I learned about the music industry as well as Lightshow as a person. Lightshow was a classy, intelligent, witty, charming; genuine street nigga and I mean that with the utmost respect. We walked to chipotle and he opened up with questions about us, which was new. He inquired on where we went to school, how we began the blog, amongst many other things. He got a water cup and put lemonade in it, that’s when I knew he was real. We continued to his studio to where we would conduct the interview and met two artists from the 86America team: Big Shaad and Bigg Bank Benji. The two artists never gazed away from the computer, constantly listening to beats, giving advice on where to put in drops, and how to flow on a beat to one another. Immediately I could see a culture in which they had immersed themselves in hard work on their craft. The studio had books in it, which I was most impressed by, I honestly didn’t think rappers read books but this place was different. The interview went so naturally that not drafting questions showed to be completely irrelevant. Lightshow was wise beyond his years and charismatic on camera. The entire 86America team hosted us as more than a business transaction, we discussed the blog and future plans for both of our careers off camera. The 86America team were a tight knit family of artists and each others biggest supporters be on the lookout for their upcoming work together and as solo artists. TYFNS X 86.