Wale helped introduce Lightshow to the world with his appearance on the symbolic “Georgetown Press” off his 2012 Folarin mixtape, and now the duo reconnect almost seven years later. With a more bass-heavy collab than their first, Lightshow enlists his fellow DMV native on the welcoming “Your Side, My Side,” which premieres with Billboard below.
With the added inspiration of working inside the same LA studio where Michael Jackson recorded Thriller, the 27-year-old took that extra boost to showcase the hunger of the D.C. area and the importance of growing the region for the next generation to thrive. “I want the fans to come visit D.C. and the surrounding areas, come to school here, party here, grind here, create here, invest here, hire here, respect here, just get to know the culture because it’s rich and it’s expanding,” Lightshow tells Billboard.
“We spoke a lot in the studio before we even thought about recording and our conversations kept coming back to the city or being unified. There’s a lot of strength in numbers and for us as artists, a part of coming together is collaboration,” he adds. We know how important it is for the growth of our region, so we just wanted to show that and we ended up getting a great record out of it that we hope can inspire you in some way.”
Lightshow clearly has the Wale stamp of approval, as the pair’s friendship extends well beyond music. “Let me tell you something, man. Lightshow is very important to the city from a message standpoint and from a spirit standpoint. I’ve known little bro for over 6 to 7 years and we’ve been around the globe twice,” Folarin prefaces. “He knows what I’ve been through, I know what he’s been through, so everything that we talk about is really like our life.”
The “Poledancer” rapper also wants fans to know there’s plenty more to come from the potent pairing. “Lightshow is somebody who supports the culture from back home from all aspects: DC, Maryland, and Virginia. This song makes the most sense for what I’m trying to do, for what he’s trying to do and you can best believe that me and Lightshow are about to have 100 more of these, so get ready this summer,” Wale relays.
Listen to the Mike Hector and Dez Wright-produced “Your Side, My Side” below.