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With a new pair of sneakers on and a scarf tied around his microphone, Alfred Banks, (Formerly Lyriqs da lyraciss) adds a touch of individualism to hip-hop. From his reputation for his great live shows, to his personal style of music, Alfred seems to have found the best formula for his kind of success. Raised in New Orleans, Louisiana, Alfred was offered a full scholarship to Loyola University New Orleans and decided to accept because of their strong music industry program. Alfred was able to balance a day job, school work and rap for a while, but becoming homeless was the key factor in him leaving Loyola after 2 years. But not before collaborating with Loyola graduate and bay area rapper G-Eazy to which Alfred's biggest song "My Style" was created. With over 15k plays on Pandora and over 5k plays on Spotify, the buzz garnered from this song enabled Alfred to release his debut album "The Nobody's Monologues 2"
With the release of Monologues 2, Alfred released 3 music videos for the songs "My Style", " Underdogcentral" and "Do it For". The views for these videos accumulated with posts from MTV.com, Yahoonews.com, Kevinnottingham.com, Donutsandmilk.com and Soraspy.com. Also from this album, Alfred created " UnderDogCentral". The term's definition is "The place where the over looked go to hone their skills to return and become the admired." This is a mantra that Alfred lives by.
As for his live show, Alfred has a reputation for an electric performance and thus its become his bread and butter. Alfred has toured all over the country playing big stages at festivals like A3C in Atlanta, Ga and Sxsw in Austin, Tx and opening for the likes of Lupe Fiasco, Mac miller, Chris brown, Wu-tang Clan, Stalley, Black milk, Slum Village, Rakim and even a tour with Former XXL freshman Mickey Factz. From that momentum, Alfred was asked to Join Mickey Factz on "The Red Or Blue Pill Tour" which spanned 15 cities.
The UnderDogCentral brand will only grow more as he tours in more cities and releases more music. Still, his goal remains the same as it did when he first started."If I keep the same idea of hard work pays off, I dont think there's anything to hold back me and Underdogcentral." Alfred Affirms.