- Associated Press - Wednesday, December 10, 2014

GRANTS PASS, Ore. (AP) - To say he’s energetic is like saying the Energizer Bunny has a bit of enthusiasm.

If you’ve traveled down Seventh Street lately in downtown Grants Pass, you’ve probably seen Lavester “L.V.” White dancing around the sidewalk and spinning a sign for stereo sales.

That’s the current gig for the 29-year-old rapper, who moved to Grants Pass last year.

His aspirations of fame and fortune might seem a bit lofty for someone who says he’s living on the streets, but White says he is willing to work side jobs and keep his energy up in pursuit of his dream.

“I’ve been busy the whole time I’ve been out here,” he says. He moved to this area nearly a year ago, on the recommendation of a friend he met in Texas who was originally from Selma.

White grew up in Chicago, where he was raised primarily by his grandmother. He also spent time in foster homes, and ran away from a group home when he was a teenager.

He has also lived in Florida, Texas, and Los Angeles.

He says he’s dealt with a lot of race problems over the years, and saw a lot of violence in the neighborhoods he grew up in.

“I had a lot of anger issues,” he says, adding he has since worked through that part of his life.

Now, he’s more focused and ready to enjoy life and use his energy in positive ways.

Although he’s been able to use his ability as a dancer to gain attention on street corners, or outside a few of his favorite hangouts - the 7-Eleven store or Dutch Bros. Coffee at Sixth and G streets - his real passion is rap music.

“It’s what raised me - my psychiatrist,” he says of creating freestyle raps with off-the-top-of-his-head rhyming lyrics.

He’s currently working with a friend locally to make a demo recording.

“I’ve made a lot of great friends here,” he says while hanging out at Dutch Bros. “One of my favorites is the guy who owns this place,” he adds in a reference to Travis Boersma, owner and co-founder of Dutch Bros.

White says he has come up with a few coffee-related freestyle raps and performed the ditties for Boersma, who seemed to enjoy them.

“All ya need is some coffee, all ya need is some caffeine,” White begins.

Although he has come to enjoy coffee since moving to Grants Pass, most of his raps have to do with life and what he’s thinking or doing, including while spinning a sign.

“I’m going to do my thing, wave my sign,” he says. “Trying to be something better than you see me.”

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Information from: Daily Courier, https://www.thedailycourier.com


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