Our D.C. Artist of the week, Sideshow, moved to the DMV area from Ethiopia in elementary school. He lived in D.C. and Maryland for over a decade before moving to Los Angeles where he currently resides. Still, the DMV is Sideshow’s hometown, and he frequently comes back to work and creates his art in the district.
Sideshow is a multifaceted artist known for his rap, modeling, graphic design and fashion design skills. He has been featured in a variety of fashion campaigns in collaboration with notable brands like Carhart, Converse and Snobs Downtown. Sideshow also owns a clothing brand, Unknown Assailant, which features his unique graphic style on hats, jackets and more. At the end of last year, Sideshow joined artists Mike and Osun on the Small World Big Love Tour which saw sold-out performances in cities from Richmond, Virginia to New York.
Sideshow is a proud Tigrayan who has been vocal against the genocide of Tigrayans in Ethiopia. He uses his social media platforms to expose the genocide that has harmed so many, yet still ignored by mainstream media in the United States. Sideshow frequently draws from his Tigrayan and Ethiopian culture for inspiration when writing music, creating artworks and designing his fashion pieces.
Last week, Sideshow released “Wegahta Tapes Vol. 1” which speaks of his current artistic path, calls for protection for the Tigrayans, explores the trials and success of young Black manhood, and highlights his Ethiopian culture. The music video for a popular song off of this new album, “LUNCHIN,” is now available for viewing on YouTube. You can listen to “Wegahta Tapes Vol. 1” on all streaming platforms.