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Chicago Born, LA Based Artist "SHi"

Q: What did you want to be as an adult when you were young?

A: I actually wanted to play in the NBA! I grew up in Chicago for the Jordan era, that was the vibe back then. 

Q: What is one thing you love about music and the industry?

A: I love that it is a universal language that transcends to all cultures. I love the fact that u can turn off the lights, spark a candle, and zone out. I love that I can make whatever I want to make, talk about what I want to talk about, vent, talk shit, and just do me.  It turns every messed up event, relationship, or life experience into beauty. You will definitely catch that vibe off “Let It Go”on an upcoming EP. The industry on the other hand is ehh, you really have to find your tribe. 

Q: What is one thing you hate about music?

A: The one thing I hate as a creator is the pull from listeners to executives to chase trends. I just do not have it in me. I like to catch my own vibe in the studio and be free to express however I am feeling.

Q: What is one piece of advice you would give to an up and coming artist like yourself?

A: This business is all about endurance. Stick with it and be consistent. Don’t overthink it if your music is dope… it's dope and the cream always rises to the top. 

Q: Where does your inspiration stem from with your music?

A: All my inspiration comes from how I am feeling. Every song is a moment in time captured through lyrics and music. I tell stories and talk about how I feel whether it is people or situations. 

Q: Where is somewhere you would like to perform in your city and outside your city?

A: Like any artist in a major city selling out the biggest stadium is always the dream so the Staples Center in Los Angeles. Outside the city I would say anywhere overseas. I love to travel, chill, and connect with people from other cultures and outside of this country. 

Q: If you could work with a clothing, music, or entertainment company what would it be and why?

A: I would love to collaborate with G Star. The designs perfectly represent me as a person and an artist, rugged and refined. Not sure about an entertainment company because I love the freedom and power that’s been given back to the artists today! I'd love to get into scoring for movies because I enjoy making cinematic music that paints a picture through sound.

Q: Where does your inspiration come from in your videos?

A: The inspiration comes from the lyrics and mood of the music. I am still working on my videos for my EP “Broken Generation”, dropping on November 18th. They are taking forever! I am a perfectionist. I probably got to chill on that a little bit and let everybody grow with me.

Q: If you could move anywhere where would you go and why? 

A: I am not sure yet, I have only been to a handful of countries and still want to experience as many as possible but for right now I love Los Angeles. It is definitely home for me.

Q: What is something you would like the public to know about yourself?

A: I am honest and real. I do not make shit up in my music which you will be able to hear the transparency all throughout my upcoming EP, “Broken Generation”. Also, to all of my fans do not be shy, despite of my name. I am not shy and I love to hear from my fans!

Check out Shi’s latest songs on our Spotify playlist!

Catching up with APF's youngest artist Jaelynx

Q: In ten years what is one thing that you want to accomplish?

A: Definitely to buy my mom her own house or winning a Grammy.

Q: How old were you when you decided that this was a path you wanted to take?

A: I was about 13 years old when I figured out what I wanted to do in life. I just thought there is not a lot of ways to make it out the environment that I am in.

Q: How do you manage with being so young in the industry?

A: Well I am a youngin in the industry for sure but, my in my mind and heart I am like a grown man. I am my own adult and that is just how it always was growing up for me, with no father figure.

Q: What do you like most about performing?

A: I just love how the energy of the crowds get when they see a 15 year old boy on stage going crazy. That is when I just sit there and say “ohh shit”.

Q: Who is your biggest inspiration?

A: My biggest inspiration would definitely have to be Trippe Redd. He is just a rockstar and does whatever the hell he wants to. Fye also is my inspiration because he speaks real life shit, that people can actually feel.

Q: What do you like to do the most during your free time?

A: Usually during my free time, like any boy, I will hop on the game or just write to some beats.  

Q: If you could move anywhere, where would you move ?

A: I would definitely move to LA or Miami.

Q: What is your favorite part about the career path that you have chosen?

A: My favorite part of the path I have chosen has to be just the passion and love I have for being in the studio, making music and just relaxing.

Q: If you could tell the public anything about yourself, what would you like them to know?

A: If I could tell the public something about myself it would be, I love each and everyone of y’all and I would never give up on the path that I chose. I hope you guys do the same and make sure to follow your dreams. If I can do it you can do it!

Getting to Know Boston Artist Splash Got Em

Q: When did you start seeing an interest in rapping? What do you like most about rapping itself?

A: Growing up in Roxbury, you are constantly surrounded by hip-hop culture. I have always been a fan of rap music, but I really started pursuing a career and taking this shit seriously after a gunshot incident in May 2017. It left me blind in my left eye & put me in a coma for 11 days. Throughout that time, I had some crazy dreams & visions. I even met my Grandma who had passed before I was even born! They said it was a miracle that I even woke up, but when I did, I KNEW that I had to change my ways. I had to stop what I was doing and pursue this music shit. I love everything about rapping! The whole process of recording, selecting beats, and all that, but I feel like I thrive when I’m on stage performing. I just feed off the crowd’s energy & they feed off mine, so that makes me mad happy, you can tell too! Can’t help but smile when I am on stage doing my thing with my team. It is just a great feeling, I love that shit!!! 

Q: What is one of the most important aspects in your life? 

A: My son is definitely one of the most important aspects in my life! I am doing this so that he does not have to go through what I had to. Life will present everyone with their own struggles, regardless of where you are from, streets or not.  I just want a better life for him, the rest of my family, and, of course, my people from Roxbury. I consider them my family just as much as my real family. Blood couldn’t make us any closer! 

Q: How do you turn a struggle into a strength? 

A: Honestly, I think that every rapper in the industry is on their own unique path. It is so easy to let the struggles of street life get to you and suppress your positive energy.  I also believe that what doesn’t kill you ABSOLUTELY makes you stronger. It is easier said than done. You gotta take your struggles and turn them into a lesson, wisdom, and personal growth. Struggles will make you a stronger and smarter individual with learning from these experiences.

Q: If you could work with anybody in the industry who would it be & why? 

A: Oh man!I gotta go with Famous Dex! That is my favorite rapper right there! I love his flow, his delivery, his voice, and absolutely everything! His music evokes a certain type of energy that makes me want to party and just go crazy! But more importantly than that, Famous Dex’s music helps me maintain a positive state of mind and takes my mind off certain negative aspects of my life. The negative aspects are not worth my energy!  I would love to make a track with him at some point in my career, so that I can help spread that positive energy to the people going through the same shit I had to. 

Q: What is one thing you would want the public to know about you as an artist? How about yourself, personally? 

A: As far as myself an artist, I would want my fans & the public to know that I am just out here trying to spread positive vibes and put a smile on people’s faces, man. If someone is having a shitty ass day and nothing is going their way or they feel like giving up, I want them to be able to put on my music and just smile! I want to take their mind off the negative bullshit & make my listeners realize that the next day is going to be better. I have been in those dark places before so if I can help just one person get through that shit, I will be happy. Personally, I would want them to know that I am just a normal kid from Boston who refused to give up. 

Q: Who is your biggest inspiration in the industry? 

A: Mannnn, honestly, I hear new dope shit everyday and it all inspires me! There are a lot of dope artists making their own, unique wave in the industry right now. In regards to my BIGGEST inspiration it is definitely gotta be my gang, my fellow Bostonians, no doubt! Jefe Replay, Fabzabove, Donald Grunge, etc. When I hear their shit I get inspired cuz it makes me want to go that much harder! They push me every day, mentally, to be a better version of myself, so physically, it shows to my supporters who really have been there since day 1 of my accident, they the ones really praying I become greater than ever. They believed in me when I did not even believe in myself, so they definitely my biggest inspiration, musically! 

Q: If you could be on tour right now with anyone, what tour would it be?

A: Damnnnn, that’s a tough one, there is a lot of dope artists on tour right now, but I would have to say the Bawskee Tour!!! I know me and my crew would fit perfectly with the type of energy Comethazine brings at his shows. Last winter, he actually came to Boston to do a show at Brighton Music Hall. My gang and I got the chance to open up the show for him it was crazyyyy. I remember during my brotha Jefe Replay’s set shit got hectic, I was fucken crowd surfing, everyone was raging, the energy was just insane and so positive. I can not wait until I am headlining on my own tour & just get to interact with fans from different places I have not been to yet. But for right now, yeah, I’d say the Bawskee Tour for sure, shout out Comethazine one time!

Q: What is your major career goal? 

A: To keep it real with you, I have tons of goals & aspirations in this music shit. As of right now, my major career goal is to make random people happy and inspire those going through the same rough times I went through. I want to use my music as a vehicle to show them how I came back, fought my demons, and helped take my family and peoples out the hood. If I can make random people happy & use my music to help people get through their own daily struggles, it’s an extra push to be the BEST me I can be & take care of everyone who helped me when I needed it. The same people who inspire and motivate me every day to take the necessary steps TOWARD the musical success and AWAY from the negative bullshit the hood puts people through. If I can make random people happy, gain new listeners, and grow my fan base in the process, it is just a bonus! Right now, I am just tryna stay focused, make good music, and become a better rapper than I was yesterday. That is the immediate goal.

Q: What is your favorite Splash GotEm song?

A: Punjabi!!! The second track off my debut project! My brother David Walker showed me this beat randomly in a studio session & I heard the first drop and knew I needed that instrumental! I recorded it about five or six months after my accident. This was done right when I got my voice back! I felt the beat & started freestyling to it just off of raw energy. I feel like I finally found my sound after that. I showed it to my brothers before dropping cause they always tell me what I need to hear and keep it honest. When I played the track for them and started to see smiles on their faces from really enjoying the shit, I knew they were not only proud of my growth physically and musically, but I knew I was onto something special with that track. That is a special one for me definitely!

Q: What are the benefits (if any) of being an artist in Boston?

A: Hell yeah there are benefits of being an artist in Boston! I get to see my fans at my shows, I get to interact with them on a personal level, which is dope as fuck. The connection is authentic and genuine. Boston is such a small city with a relatively small underground hip-hop scene, other cities want to count us out and sleep on us just cuz we not from LA or NY. Yeah it makes it harder for us to grow our fan base and attract new listeners but the fact that we some underdogs keeps us THAT much hungrier. You can kinda see it in our sports teams. Boston is a city of winners, point blank period. When other cities and hip-hop, markets count us out before even hearing our shit.  We have the benefit of transforming that bias into musical motivation. So, some artists might take that as a negative but again it is about turning those struggles into something positive, something we can learn and grow from.