Lyriq Luchiano
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Lyriq Luchiano

Culpeper, VA | Established. Jan 01, 2010

Culpeper, VA
Established on Jan, 2010
Solo Hip Hop R&B




"Trying To Shine"

Local rap artist Lyriq Luchiano, a.k.a. Michael Thompson, really wants his home-town of Culpeper to know he’s on the way up.

“I’ve been through hell and back my whole life,” he said during a recent interview. “I came from being homeless to seeing my momma get beat, from being shot to losing my mama, to being in an alternative school, to being in so many fights, to so many people betraying me. I want them to see I made it out all that damn dirt and I’m trying to shine.”

Born in Charlottesville and raised in Culpeper, the 27-year-old got started rapping as a freshman when a teacher at the local alternative school introduced him to the late Tupac Shakur. When Thompson transferred the following year to Culpeper County High School, two fellow students, who happened to be white, showed him how it was done. He recorded his first track in their home studio in 2006.

“It sounded horrible, but I never stopped,” Thompson said.

He was among the first class of seniors to attend Eastern View High School and even wrote an anthem for the new school that former Principal Roger Mello would play mornings on the intercom. Lacking enough credits to graduate, Thompson dropped out in 12th grade to pursue music. He has since written and produced dozens of tracks with raw, explicit lyrics and subject matter, and a clear measure of talent.

“My music is a reflection of life – what I’ve been through,” Thompson said. “I have all different stories – sad, happy, fun, whatever. It’s all mixed in one because we as humans go through different emotions.”

At 5-years-old, he was devastated when his father got locked up for drug trafficking. Thompson didn’t see him again until he was 17.

“I remember I felt safe when I was on his shoulders so I felt it when he left because a woman can’t teach you to be a man like a man can. When he left, it was basically just me, my mom and my three sisters,” he said. “By the time he came home, I was already a developed man.”

As a young teen, Thompson got in trouble and continued to face adult issues at home. As he got older, music became a way to cope.

“After high school, I went on the streets and I waited to see what I should do next,” Thompson said. “My whole thing was to push my music out to the public and get everyone to know who I am.”

In the past decade as Lyriq Luciano, the young artist has performed all over Virginia and Washington, D.C. as well as gigs in New York, Maryland and right here in Culpeper, including at the Moose Lodge – his last show in October sold out. Thompson said he chose the stage name because he feels music is all about the lyrics while Luciano is a mafia reference to disloyal friends.

“I wanted that to be a part of me to let myself know that no matter how much you love you give, people can still betray you, but if you have faith you can always work your away around things,” Thompson said.

Working on his music has been a top priority; Lyriq Luchiano has three albums out – “Pay Attention,” “Release Me to the Streets” and “Next 2 Blow.” He has an active YouTube channel and is currently working on a new album, “Real & Rare,” featuring the already-released singles with videos, “Worldwide” and “Mama” – the former of which has been viewed more than 57,000 times. - Allison Champion


Still working on that hot first release.



An upcoming Rapper who went from being one of high school's popular kids to being featured on a song with MMG's recording artist "Fat Trel" in early 2012. Virginia emcee "Lyriq Luchiano" spent his high school years recording songs and releasing just a few tracks which began his true fan base. Although throughout Lyriq's childhood he experienced different levels of poverty and trouble in his hometown Culpeper, Virginia. The real struggle being, growing up without a father and having to learn the role of a man at a young age, he would be the rock holding his family together. In 2016 Lyriq started freestyling over other artist's beats like Bobby Shumurda's "Hot Nigga" instrumental and Meek Mill's "Imma Boss" Instrumental, getting positive feed back from his fan base. His music is a true reflection of his life and explains why only the strong survive. In the beginning of 2017 Lyriq was shot sitting in his vehicle finishing up his mixtape "Next 2 Blow" by an unknown gunman. Being hospitalized and on bed rest for 2 months he came back even stronger and his music became even more in depth. He released a music video from his early single "Fly Around The World", on Facebook which people viewed over 20,000 times. In the summer of 2017 he released another single called "Mud" which had just over 19,000 hits on Youtube in 2 weeks. At the end of 2017 Lyriq's mother died from unknown reasons at her home in Virginia. After mourning the death of his mother Lyriq came back with a tribute song to his mother called "Mama" which went viral online and is currently at 600,000 views on Facebook. His fanbased jumped over 2 months from 2,000 fans to 100,000 fans. Lyriq is a promising artist with raw creativity and an original voice that shows his listeners "No matter how hard life is, keep pushing forward.

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