Name: Shad Robinson
From: Sylmar, California (818)
Notable Works: “1989’ Album
Influences: Eminem, Black Thought, Jay-Z, Scarface, and Joe Budden
What prompted your start for your career path?
At the age of 10 my uncle told me about Kool Moe Dee and showed me his song “I Go To Work”. I was intrigued by his similes, fast flow, and the horns in the production. From there I got into Eminen, at that time I had a blue notebook that I used to write Kool Moe Dee’s and Eminem’s lyrics in. I wrote a lot of the lyrics from The Slim Shady LP, I wanted to see the words and study them; there was no lyrics.com back then. Looking back at it, that was my journal, a book of all unoriginal lyrics. The love for music that grew at that young age is what started me on this path to pursue music.
Who first recognized your talents and what it meant to you?
My uncle was the first to notice my talents, Again, he’s the one who first told me to sit down and analyze a hip hop song. He gave me a cassette player and a bunch of tapes to listen to. Also my sister helped me write my first rhyme, those two were the first to notice my talents.
First problem you have come across?
Even though I came across music at the age of 10 and I wrote down lyrics and studied it. I never thought music would be my place or calling. My first problem that I’ve come across was the feeling that I didn’t have an outlet to my problems, or the things going on in my life. That was a problem until 11th grade when I actually started to record music. Once I wrote my problems, recorded them, and played those songs back, I felt less trapped.
As an up and coming artist what was it that you seen that you needed to improve on?
I’m sure this is not the preferred answer, but knowing that nothing will ever be perfect and that growth is always possible. I need get better at everything surrounding music, but to narrow down the answer, it would be clarity. Clarity within the concepts and ideas I write about, and clarity as in how I say the words. I’ve received some feedback to annunciate a little more and pronounce my words better.
How will you make an impact given a chance?
My music always has a sense of trying to figure the world. I want people to dream bigger, understand one another, and to love more. Do no harm, speak no harm.
Why should people take notice in your work?
The music I make is honest and personal. Every time I sit down to write a song I put thought in to every word, every word has to move me and have to stand for something greater than me. People should take notice because it’s built for them; it’s not only for my growth but the world’s growth. When I made 1989, I wrote these songs for close family members, close friends, and for upcoming artist like myself, but there are songs to inspire everyone in all type situations.