He began writing lyrics at this age after he had been introduced to the music of Eminem ‘ Marshall Mathers ‘, by a classroom friend at Lynnwood Ridge Primary School. He was quite a sporty child so at the time he was still very passionate about playing soccer and becoming a professional football player, as he played for Tuks Football Club, the club he had started playing for at the age of 5years old.
As he got older and moved on to high school at Pretoria Boys High School where he matriculated, his passion for music quickly took over his passion for soccer. He was in grade 10 when he recorded his first ever song in his friends’ bedroom studio, which actually belonged to his father who used it to record radio voice over’s.
After matriculating in 2011, he took a gap year in the year of 2012, in which he found a producer by the name of Reverb360 who took him in and mentored him. Unfortunately in 2013 he had to leave Pretoria and relocate back to his home town of Siyabuswa, but this did not stop him from working on his music. It was here where he met up with his now good friend, Bongani Roger Zwane. Bongani had a bedroom studio and he allowed Shawn to make use of it. Shawn went to studio everyday in order to work on his music, perfect his craft and find his sound, which really cannot be boxed in to one specific genre. Shawn likes to experiment with a wide range of genres which his voice and production skills allow him too. Experimenting with these different sounds became a lot easier in 2016 when he taught himself how to produce beats for himself. This helped him to understand himself as an artist and also to better understand what his voice allowed him to do.
Early 2015 he released two songs titled “Bum Dance” and “Refiloe” which featured Bongani and Penwell Green. The vibey, upbeat party songs were very well received by the people of Siyabuswa and the buzz around them brought him perfomance bookings from promoters of big events in the town such Annual USS Picnic, Siyabuswa Beach Festival, Annual All White Party, SteezorSlay and a few more. These shows allowed him to share stages with some of the biggest names in South Africa’s Music Industry, such as, Riky Rick, Stilo Magolide, K.O, Chad da Don, AB Crazy, DJ Shimza, DJ Zinhle, Samthing Soweto & Mlindo The Vocalist.
2018 was a dark year for Shawn as it saw him reach the peak of his depression. Nonetheless he continued to make music, but his sound got a lot more dark and emotional. In November 2018, he released an EP, titled “Don’t Let Me HHP”, a title which he explained in an radio interview at Eyethu FM, to have come from the tragic event of South African Hip Hop Legend “Hip Hop Pantsula” a.k.a ” HHP ” committing suicide because of depression. “I was told of his passing by phone call from a friend whilst I was in studio recording the last three songs of the project; and the title just hit me right there and then…” He said in the radio interview.
The EP included songs like “Mii Drug, “Love&Hate”, “Why Liie” and “K9iine”. With ” Mii Drug ” being the fan favorite, Shawn saw his fanbase grow in leaps after releasing the depression inspired EP.
” Mii Drug ” later appeared on JayHood’s Mixtape titled ” College Dropout ’18 ” with the addition of JayHood’s verse.
In 2019, Shawn was nominated at the “Media and Entertainment Spotlight Awards ” in two categories of ” Best Rapper ” and ” Best Producer ”
In January 2020, Shawn signed under “4 Billion Records” and has been working on new music which is still to be released.
Shawn has grown in to a very melodic artist whose song writing abilities will always find a way to connect with your emotions. Shawn draws inspiration from his everyday life. He writes mainly about his past experiences. “I know I’m not the only one in the world to have gone through the things that I’ve gone through, so there will always be someone out there who can relate to the things I say.”