Lavi$h, one of the hottest rising hip-hop artists in the Washington, D.C.-Metropolitan area, will be performing live in the district for the first time in 2013.

Lavi$h last performed live at Morehouse College in Atlanta, Ga. at packed out concert venue sponsored Bravata Ultra, a clothing line based in D.C. Now he’ll perform live in his hometown on May 21 at Club Pure on 1326 U Street in Northwest, D.C. Show time starts at 9 p.m.

Born in NW D.C. as Alonzo Banks, Lavi$h cemented his local rap fame after releasing his 2011 mixtape, Mile High Club, a mixtape that showcased his melodic delivery and witty wordplay unlike any other style of rap heard in the D.C.-Maryland-Virginia region. He also served as a feature artist on the Welcome to Drama City, Vol. 1 hip-hop mixtape (, a compilation album of several popular rappers in the D.C. area that was released to iTunes in 2012. But the 22-year-old rapper gained a nationwide buzz during the summer of 2012 after he found himself in “a war of words” via Twitter with members of highly popular Harlem, N.Y. native rapper ASAP Rocky’s group, ASAP Mob. The Twitter feud was featured and published by DMV blogger PATIsDOPE (, ultimately leading Lavi$h to a much broader fan base.

Since then, Lavi$h has had the opportunity to work with several prominent producers in the rap industry, including KE on the Track, an Atlanta based producer who has produced for stars like Rick Ross, Nicki Minaj and Future. Lavi$h also teamed up with teamed up with long time friend and A&R/Disc jockey SoundWave, who has been hired by the likes of star artists like Mindless Behavior, Brandy, Curren$y and MMG’s Stalley. SoundWave brought established record label, Violator (famous for producing Busta Rhymes), on to sponsor Lavi$h’s latest mixtape, The Glimpse, which he released in January 2013.

But even with his newly made connects, Lavi$h still values his roots and appreciates the group of people who has supported him since the start of his career, especially his first recording home, Trifecta Entertainment Group.

“In 2011, I set out to empower my name and be able to stand alone, but I didn’t leave Trifecta label,” Lavi$h told the AFRO. “Trifecta will also be my family and home base.”

But beyond rap, Lavi$h also takes every chance he can get to commit himself to community activism, trying to serve as a good example for youths in his area of how to stay on a straight path to success.

“I know how it feels to be sidetracked by troubling situations that you can avoid, getting locked up and trapped in the legal system for foolish decisions,” Banks told the AFRO. “That’s why it’s important for myself and other young men to be advocates for empowerment. We have to reach out to the younger teens that look up to us and show them how it’s done.” 


Perry Green

AFRO Sports Editor