“Who Is Shiest City?”
You have probably heard my tracks on YouTube, heard about my signing with Boyz Records in January of this year, or known about my public free-styling and rap battles in Brooklyn. In truth, who I am and why I rap goes back much farther than that. To understand my music and my journey, you need to understand where I came from.
I was born in 1990 at King’s County Hospital in Brooklyn. I’ve lived there ever since. Growing up in Brooklyn made an impact on me, and my life, which is why I adopted the name “Shiest City.” See, NYC is a jungle. If you can’t hustle to survive, you won’t. The bright lights and tourism only mask the ugly reality of life: survival of the fittest. This struggle is internal and external to our lives and it does not end.
In anything and everything we do, we grow because we have to. We improve because we are forced to. It is with this mentality that New York has become great, and it is with this mentality that it will continue to be great. This mentality pervades every man, woman, and child in this city. That’s why I adopted the name, “Shiest City.” It is representative of the mentality of Brooklyn, and my reality there when growing up.
From the office worker spending eight hours a day in an office, to the dealer on the street corner, everyone is hustling to survive. The tactics may be different but the strategy is the same: Survive. Everybody does it. The difference is, I acknowledge and embrace it.
I started as a battle rapper in school, testing my talent in real-time. I didn’t start in a studio like manufactured pop stars who have unlimited attempts to perfect their style without consequence or criticism. I had to wow and react to crowds without a safety net, and these experiences made me a better rapper in a fraction of the time.
Growing up in Flatbush gave me a musical education more than any school could. I listened to everything on which I could get my hands. Dancehall reggae, rap, R&B, Biggie; I listened to it all.
Music has influenced my life. Now, it is time for me to help influence others. Tune in and keep posted on my journey as we revolutionize the rap and hip-hop scene, and music in general. It is going to be a crazy ride. – Shiest