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Multidisciplinary artist Lawrence Matthews began writing poetry and songs in middle school while growing up in Memphis’ Shelby County, and now performs, produces, and writes music as Don Lifted. Via Don Lifted, Matthews creates genre-agnostic, atmospheric productions that distill influences from artists such as Radiohead and Bon Iver. His raps are tender affirmations, "a glowing meditation on self-preservation" (The FADER), which process fear and love, wins and losses, vulnerability, mortality, and ambition.
Matthews' visual art portrays the diverse narratives of displaced Africans living in America, and has been displayed in galleries and museums around the midsouth. Matthews is also the Gallery Director of TONE, an art gallery and non-profit organization dedicated to providing platforms to black artists in Memphis. Already part of Memphis history — Matthews is a community figure, and a beacon for aspiring creatives.
At a hometown show in 2019, Matthews caught the eye of producer Matt Ross-Spang (Jason Isbell, Margo Price, John Prine). This led to a signing with Fat Possum, which anticipates Don Lifted’s forthcoming album 325i (out October 22).