As many of you know, the city of Detroit has a great amount of talented individuals. Rapper Shamarr W is most definitely one of those people. His view of music and drive is one to be respected. He recently linked with music mogul 50 Cent’s Street King movement and remains focused on his own music and aspirations. MCP recently caught up with Shamarr in the city of Detroit. Check out what he had to say about the opportunity to do this SK (Street King)project, as well as his views on making music & artistry.
Terrell: Alright, so to start things off, where and when did you passion for music develop?
Shamarr W: It probably started when I was around….for music in general, it was probably when I was around 8 or 9 years old. That’s when it really began and that’s when I really started to understand that I like to be creative and put things together. But I didn’t really start writing rhymes until I was about 13 or 14 years old. So I would say around 13 years old was when i decided to pursue this.
Terrell: Do you remember what your first song was about?
Shamarr W: I do. My first record was called “Battle Rapping”. I was 13 when I wrote it and at that time everyone was inspired by Eminem. It was very wordy. it had a lot of metaphors in it. I remember it. At that time everyone wanted to sound really smart with their rhymes so I just followed through with it at that time.
Terrell: Cool. So as an artist, what would you say your music represents?
Shamarr W: To be honest with you, it represents growth. It represents obstacles being placed in front of you. No matter how big or small. That’s apart of life, essentially. I touch a lot on things in my life right now and I try to stay close to that. I was listening to a Wale interview and he was saying that his life is different now and he wants his music to be reflective of that. I just think it’s important for artists to stay close to who you are at that moment so that you’ll always have that moment captured of who you were during that time. Like now, I’m an artist that is always trying to grow and to better myself and the people around me. So through my music, that’s what you’ll get a lot. There definitely has to be a balance because you always have to understand that you can’t forget your reason for falling in love with something. It always comes from a place that you don’t plan.
Terrell: Absolutely. Now I know every artist has a process for making their music and recording. Mentally, where do you need to be when your recording?
Shamarr W: That’s a good question. In my opinion, there’s 2 places where the best art can come from. The point of being uncomfortable, which is where some of the greatest music came from. And there’s the point of being free. If I’m extremely uncomfortable with whatever my situation is at that time, since I’m the type of artist to put my life in my music. But if I’m comfortable and everything is cool and people are smiling, then I record and make music like that. Most of the time I record myself, by myself throughout the day. If I commit myself to a project, I might start on a song and reach the end of my inspiration on that particular song, then I may jump to another song to start on. Then go back to the song I initially started on. Sometimes I may work on 2 or 3 songs at once, just to stay fresh and inspired.
Terrell: Tell me about your involvement with 50 Cent’s SK (Street King) movement and how it came about.
Shamarr W: Basically, I just so happened to be in NYC. I only had intentions of being there for about 4 or 5 days maximum, with my manager at the time. Just to absorb NY and get some new inspiration and new life. So a mutual friend called and said he was working on something and that he really wanted to let some people hear my music. He actually had no idea I was in New York at that time. One thing led to another and they awarded me the opportunity to be the brand ambassador for the city of Detroit for Street King Energy Drink. So it’s something fresh and new for the city. It’s not only a great opportunity, but it’s a good platform for me to represent and out on for the city the right way. The process doesn’t have a time limit. It’s all about the amount of work we put into and that’s what I love about it. We just try to do as much as we can, so the sky is the limit.
For more information on Shamarr W. and to check out his latest music, go to: www.ShamarrW.BandCamp.com