Dolton -> Chicago
“The Da Vinci of 16’s, the VanGogh of the flow, paint a picture in your head when I write it like Poe” proclaims a 16 year old Lamont Anderson. This is the line that birthed the Dolton, IL artist known as “L.A. VanGogh.” The man with many talents is at his highest form when blending rap and singing seamlessly. His soothing shapeshifting voice and poignant pen propel listeners into a soulful soundscape, balancing substance and entertainment at the highest levels of execution. While his music is exciting in headphones and bluetooth speakers, his live performances are memorable experiences brought to life by “The Forces of Gravity;” his accompanying band for live shows. Fans of battle rap leagues might find similarities in L.A.’s lyrical dexterity, often transmuting complex topics into relatable stanzas full of witty wordplay and mighty metaphors. Vocal savants D’Angelo and Frank Ocean exposed him to his passion for melody, harmony, and vocal experimentation. The artistry also extends to his production, creating a bulk of his music by blending together the Funk Brothers-era soul sound with the modern big drum and synth styles of Travis Scott. Being such a student of the craft has allowed L.A. VanGogh to build a wide skill set much like Tyler, the Creator in his DIY approach.
Within the last year, L.A. has begun to show signs of powerful career. Since 2018, he’s racked up over 1.6 million streams on his “Everything Is Subjective” series and made his TV performance debut on ABC 7’s Windy City Live. As a mental health advocate, L.A.’s worked with Social Works My State of Mind initiative and other Chicago-based organizations to aid in the conversation around mental health resources. He’s also partnered with Sofar Sounds to put on the first artist-curated lineup in their Chicago network and donated 50% of its proceeds to the local non-profit John Walt Foundation in honor of his slain friend Walter Long. On top of everything, he somehow finds time to run an open Mic on Chicago’s South Side. Through all of these endeavors, L.A.’s witty, inquisitive, and warm-hearted personality shines like a quasar evacuating a black hole. That shine protrudes into every aspect of his life, giving his fullest to family, friends, pets, meditation, NBA 2K, the latest episode of The Chi, and his community. L.A. VanGogh is an artist, and with his ambition and work ethic there’s no telling how far he’ll go. You can see L.A. on July 27th playing at Schuba’s in Chicago for his first headlining show since the release of “Everything Is Subjective: Episode 2.” Until then, we await the release of new music in the works.