Guest Star: "People Who Grew Up On Jay-Z & Biggie Are In Their 30's & Late 20's, Dealing W/ Real Life"

Tuesday, Jun 14, 2011 12:05PM

Written by SOHH for Sha Stimuli

[With the new release of his The Break-Up Part 2: The Proposal, rapper Sha Stimuli opens up about taking the road less traveled by rhyming about real life relationships on his latest mixtape.]

This mixtape was a long time coming. People liked the Love Jones and The Break-Up [mixtapes] so much, and there were some artists who came out with some relationship-themed things dedicated to the girls and Jadakiss just came out with the I Love You mixtape. I've seen people doing it and I said, "You know what, let me show them how it's done. Let me go back and do something that's totally never been done."

I know a lot of dudes who were thinking about getting married and wanted to talk about all of the things that goes on. As we get older, I think hip-hop is the genre where it's still [youth-centered]. I don't think we've touched on everything so I figured why don't I do something that hasn't been done and talk about some real grown-up sh*t.

This was really taken from real life. I was really considering jumping the broom so a lot of my boys would get to talking. You have people who are in good marriages and they're like, don't do it and you have people in bad situations who are also like don't do it. So everybody's like don't do it. So I just wanted to explore that.

The hip-hop audience is grown-up. People who grew up on Jay-Z and Biggie are in their 30's and late 20's, dealing with real life. I don't want to be bragging on CDs all the time; there's a lot of rappers out there to choose from so why not create a lane out there where I'm talking about real life? That was the motivation. Relationships go through ups and downs. There's always continuous progression.

Sha Stimuli is a New York rapper widely known for his mixtape releases, beginning with Let Me Show You The Way in 2002, which earned him a spot in The Source Magazine's Unsigned Hype section. Sha Stimuli is the younger brother of producer and rapper Lord Digga, through whom he was introduced to known Brooklyn rappers such as Notorious B.I.G and Masta Ace. In 2008, Sha made headlines for releasing 12 mixtapes in 12 months alongside DJ Victorious.

Check out Sha Stimuli's The Break-Up Part 2: The Proposal below:

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