ShawnJ may be causing a bit of a buzz with tracks via his own production company, 4 Play Productions, but his journey began almost a decade ago. “I’ve been doing beats, keyboards, and machines since ‘97 or ‘98 but I didn’t do much with it. In 2001 I started getting some lyrics together and was able to buy some better equipment including a computer.
Although ShawnJ hails from the great white north, he lyrically comes from the same place as many of his influences (Dr. Dre, Eminem, Notorious B.I.G., etc.), as his rhymes come straight from his real life experiences. Case in point, the track ‘Dear Ma.’ “My mom was diagnosed with lung cancer last year and has been going through quite a battle, she has had multiple surgeries. The first one I wrote, ‘My Name is Shawn,’ is about my life but it was important that she had a song to know how much I respect her and admire her, that I love her like no other. Right now she’s out and about doing her thing.”