“Shaybo, ya dun know”: the title may be new to informal listeners, however to early followers of UK street rap, Shaybo isn’t any newcomer. There’s a YouTube clip of her aged 13 freestyling that line, staring fiercely into the digital camera as she rides a dancehall beat. When it was uploaded, the video obtained 20,000 views in a single day — which, almost a decade in the past, was massive numbers for an unknown expertise.
Born in Nigeria, Shaybo moved to Lewisham, south London, when she was six. “I was a tomboy after I was youthful in class, so I might be rapping with the boys,” she says, certainly one of which was Novelist. “We’d be doing clashes ‘cos we used to have them Sony Ericsson telephones with grime beats [on them].”
At the moment, Limewire obtain folders have been bursting with a brand new, hard-hitting sound from London’s streets: Cashtastic, Tinchy Stryder, Sneakbo, OG Niki, Dee Dee. Giggs’ darkly humorous ‘Talkin the Hardest’ was the unofficial anthem of the roads, with many MCs copycating his monotonous circulate.
Most of those outstanding voices have been male, inflicting Shaybo to look outdoors of the UK’s boy’s membership to Nicki Minaj’s early mixtapes, along with her animated, expressive vocal fashion. Minaj got here to be Shaybo’s greatest inspiration. You may hear that lineage in her circulate in 2020. On ‘Anger’, she switches up a stern beat, typical of UK drill, by pulling off playful punchlines and even dipping into the Eric Cantona soccer chant. ‘Ya Dun Know’ pays homage to Nicki’s exaggerated Cockney accent, by “flying out to Canada in a Canada Goose”.
Shaybo’s MCing fashion, although, is exclusive, articulating her alpha feminine power by peppering her English bars with insults and slang in Yoruba, the language of her native Nigeria. “There’s an enormous Nigerian neighborhood in London, so I felt like I needed to embrace my tradition whereas rapping,” she says.
She nearly left music behind in her teenagers. “After I used to do music, I was, in a means, a delinquent,” she says. “I used to get in hassle loads, into fights loads, however I simply felt like I used to be misunderstood. I felt like I couldn’t articulate myself. I went into music as a result of it’s a means of expressing how I really feel.”
After her dad and mom inspired her to discover different avenues, she determined to check social work at college. “I needed to be in my neighborhood and be capable of assist individuals. It’s crucial to have anyone that will help you, anyone who pertains to what you’ve been via.”
She used that have to assist survivors of the Grenfell Tower hearth, organising programmes to assist traumatised kids. “After I was younger, I skilled sure issues. I’ve dangerous PTSD. I understand how to narrate to [the kids], however via coaching I may articulate myself in a proper means. I did one-to-one periods and a health programme, partnering with a fitness center. It was a very good feeling.”
She was doing that till October final yr, when she realised that music was her calling. “I need to return and go to the children as a result of I do know they’ll be like, ‘Oh my gosh, you’re a rapper!’, as a result of I informed them however they didn’t consider me.”