Guest Star: "The World Is Opening Up To People Listening To Music Because It Sounds Good"

Monday, Jul 16, 2012 2:00PM

Written by SOHH for Shanell aka SNL

[With Young Money labelmate Nicki Minaj getting criticized for her music evolving over the past year, Shanell aka SNL talks to SOHH readers about breaking down genre barriers in YMCMB.]

I'm the kind of person that just listens to music. Period.

It's kind of been a gift and a curse for me because when I do music, I do it because it feels good and it sounds good and when I've played certain songs for different people, they've been like, 'This is really rock. This is really pop. This is really urban.' And I'm like, 'Really? Because when I listen to it, it sounds good.'

I think right now, in the age that we're in, people are able to hear more than they've ever been able to hear. I think the music industry is starting to realize you've got people who like to listen to their favorite genre and I think the world is opening up to people listening to music because it sounds good.

They might not have ever listened to pop music until one of their favorite artists did something that sounds more pop and they're listening to it and don't even realize it. So at the end of the day I'm like, 'Yo, we do music.' There's just a lot of people who listen to everything.

That's the world I come from. And that's the kind of music I make.

Shanell aka SNL is a pop artist and songwriter. She is signed to Young Money and has worked alongside producers like Bangladesh, David Guetta, Salaam Remi, Cool & Dre, Hit Boy and Justus League. She has also collaborated alongside Young Money family including Lil Wayne and Drake. Shanell is currently putting together her long-awaited solo debut and is preparing the release of an upcoming EP called Nobody's B*tch. With ample creativity, an energetic live show, proven pen skills and an ever-growing base of fans across genres, Shanell is quickly making a game-changing name for herself and a refreshing new mark in music today.

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