Sha Bless is like a breath of fresh air, not of the ordinary, sometimes on the contrary. Sheâs a conscious, creative, spiritual sister who puts her heart in soul in each lyric she drops. âœI am passionate about my life, my music and above all my people.â쳌
Born in the Bronx, New York, raised by strong Caribbean women, I understood right away what hard work and determination could accomplish. West Indian culture was always a major influence in my upbringing. Everything from the food, the music and the lingo, our family shared an unparalleled connection to our ancestors. Itâs embedded within the fibers of my being, and this is what I bring to the element of hip-hop.
I was 11 years old when I was introduced to hip-hop. It was a hot summer evening in the back of 955 Evergreen Ave, Bronx, NY. The DJâs brought out their sets, hooked them up to the light post and the MC grabbed the mic. I was captivated, mesmerized and became entranced with hip-hop ever since. As a teenager I lived in Roosevelt, Long Island. Hip-hop crews surrounded me along with mix tapes and weekend house parties. This is when I met my kindred spirit, producer extraordinaire Jeff Wiley. He saw something in me I didnât even notice, raw talent and a gift to use words to convey a message. Back then no one wanted to hear what we had to say, but we kept creating, building, learning and growing.
To me, hip-hop was pure; it had a spiritual essence that was incomparable to any other music of its time. I grew up with the LL cool Jâs, the Queen Lafitahâs, the Jungle Brothers, and Tribe Called Quest. This was HIP HOP at its peak!! I knew I had to be a part of it and contribute the gifts given to me by the unlimited powers of the universe.
Distractions and life circumstances caused Sha Bless to take a detour from hip-hop. I got married, had a family, so rapping on the mic was no longer center stage of my life. Then divorced, I moved out to the Midwest and began a whole new life, but hip-hop was never to far away from my grasp. I started a mobile dj service, hired djâs who had flavor and tried to bring a more authentic feel to hip hop in the Midwest. It was challenging at first, but my determination helped me build a successful business that I have to this day, SOS Entertainment.
After a long hiatus, Jeff and I reconnected and started working on this new project, we call it, âœThe Treatmentâ쳌. My work is for the people, simple and plain. Weâre suffering, our voices are drowned out and above all, weâre being ignored or treated as âœsheepleâ쳌. Hip-hop has lost a vital element and that is its soul. Corporate agents whose only agenda is to move units and not necessarily the people have comprised it. My plan is to take hip-hop back to its original purpose. Itâs revolutionary and its intent is to cause a cultural movement of the people. My music is controversial because it reflects the times. Iâm just a reporter reporting the real news. Not like what you see within the monopolized media, but what we see and experience in our everyday lives. Sha Bless is real talk, and what you see is most definitely what you will get.
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