Sunday, March 20, 2016

Pay It Forward

BIOGRAPHY: With a fresh pair of sneakers on & a scarf tied around his mic, Alfred Banks (Formerly Lyriqs da Lyraciss) adds a touch of individualism to Hip-hop. From his reputation for his energetic live shows to his never ending hustle, Alfred seems to have found the formula for success.

Raised in New Orleans, Alfred earned a full ride to Loyola University of New Orleans and decided to accept because of their strong music program. Initially, Alfred balanced a Job, school and music, but becoming homeless was the key factor in him leaving Loyola to pursue music full time. During his time there, Alfred teamed up with fellow Loyola alumni and superstar G-Eazy and created the song “My Style”. Around this time, Alfred also created UnderDogCentral. The term’s definition is: “The place where the overlooked go to hone their skills, to return and become the admired”. UnderDogCentral serves as Alfred’s label and social network handle, but most importantly a place where he can connect with his fans.

As for his live show, Alfred has created a reputation for an electric performance. He has toured the country playing at festivals like The A3C Festival in Atlanta, SXSW Festival in Austin and Recently BUKU Festival in New Orleans. Banks has shared stages with the likes of The Wu-Tang Clan, Lupe Fiasco, Rakim, Mac Miller, Chris Brown and many more. More recently, RevoltTv took notice to Alfred’s incredible live show and crowned him the 2015 Winner of their "LocalLoveTour”, which spanned 5 cities.

Alfred also earned the opportunity to open up The Red or Blue Pill Tour w/ XXL Freshman Mickey Factz covering 15 cities. Complex Magazine caught wind of this accomplishment and featured Alfred on their list of “10 Up-coming Emcees from New Orleans”. National Hiphop blog followed suit & featured Alfred on their list of "Top 5 Indie Rapper Spotlight from Louisiana”.

The UnderDogCentral brand will only grow as Alfred continues on his path. His grind and work ethic are the same as when he started. “If I keep the same motto of hard work pays off, I don’t think there is anything that can hold us back”.- Alfred Banks
Mickey Factz put me on to him.
He's cool.
Dope flow.
Good wordplay.
I just wanted to pass him on to you guys.
This particular project is a concept album about mental illness.
He said we was having a hard time getting blogs to talk about it, since it's "such a taboo topic".
Well, as long as he keeps the art pure, he's got a supporter in me.

Here's his latest EP, "A Beautiful Prelude".

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