What's up Leafers? Welcome to the latest edition of On the Rise where we interview upcoming hip hop talent. Today's guest is artist, Lashelle Banks. Lashelle represents Detroit, Michigan where she was born and raised. Her style is is R&B/Hip Hop and it definitely gives us that smooth Detroit feel. Lashelle prides herself on her independence and funding her own music career. She's one of those artists who knows the business and is ready to make her mark. Lashelle also owns her own choreography business and an entertainment show "The L.B. Experience". She's worked with many artists over the years and is now a co-label owner. When talking to Lashelle it's clear to see her sights are on greatness. But enough from us, we recently linked up with L.B. to discuss her life and musical roots. Check out the interview below.
Westleaf Staff: What's up Lashelle? Thanks for sitting down with us. We love your sound. When did you start making music?
Lashelle Banks: Started making music in the studio officially at 19.
Westleaf Staff: That's mad early. What city do you represent?
Lashelle Banks: I'm from Detroit so Detroit.
Westleaf Staff: Dope. Detroit is on the rise. How did you create your stage name?
Lashelle Banks: I allowed it to come to me. My middle name is Lashelle and my real dad's last name is Banks. Boom! Lashelle Banks aka L.B.
Westleaf Staff: So how did your early life shape your interest in music?
Lashelle Banks: It was in my blood. I was made for this plus more!
Westleaf Staff: Who is your biggest Musical influence?
Lashelle Banks: NF & Joyner Lucas. There are a lot of great artist out there but for me I related to them a little more. I love their story telling.
Westleaf Staff: What makes you a unique artist?
Lashelle Banks: I move with a purpose. I sometimes have fun with it but regardless there's still a story. I don't allow anyone to write for me or tell me what I need to write about. I'm also myself. All of me, I don't got. to cap or put on a facade for anyone. What you see is what you get.
Westleaf Staff: What does art mean to you?
Lashelle Banks: I am walking art. I am magical.
Westleaf Staff: Where do you see your music career going over the next few years?
Lashelle Banks: Y'all will see me everywhere. My music will help heal others and make them feel less alone. I'm also going to be making turn up music to get you out your feelings after listening to that sad shit. I'll also be traveling around the world. It's in God's plan for me.
Westleaf Staff: Describe music in three words.
Lashelle Banks: Healing, fun, relatable.
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