Sha Stimuli | Interview
From Brooklyn, NY, Sha Stimuli spent most of his youth in the presence of hip hop legends like Masta Ace, Big Daddy Kane, and members of The Juice Crew. When his older brother Lord Digga began producing tracks for The Notorious B.I.G., Stimuli was in the studio while Biggie recorded the one of the greatest albums in hip hop history, Ready To Die. At age 14, Sha appeared on Masta Ace’s album, SlaughtaHouse, under the name Kid Dynamite. Before continuing with music, Sha headed to Iowa to play NCAA Division 1 basketball. In 1997, he studied at the Delaware State University while interning at Roc-A-Fella Records, bringing him closer to his true passion with music. In college, Sha gained recognition from freestyle cyphers. With the release of his first mixtape in 2002, Let Me Show You The Way, Sha earned a spot in The Source’s Unsigned Hype section. After the release of his second mixtape in 2004, Follow My Lead, and the 2005 CD/DVD, Switch Sides, Sha landed a deal with Virgin Records. Producers Nottz and Just Blaze were featured on the album before legal issues between Virgin and Def Jam ended the record deal. In 2008, Sha released one mixtape per month for an entire year, with childhood friend DJ Victorious. Each mixtape had a theme and concept, ranging from politics to relationships, and gained him a significant amount of attention. Later that year, he was featured on the track “Destined To Shine” from Statik Selektah’s album Stick 2 The Script. Sha won an award in 2008 for Best Male Rapper of The Year at the 6th annual Underground Music Awards. In 2009, Sha released his debut album, My Soul To Keep. The first single and music video, “Move Back”, features Freeway and Young Chris, with production from Just Blaze. Sha Stimuli recorded a song for the Grand Theft Auto video game, has made appearances in the film, Fighting, starring Terrence Howard, and played the lead role in the independent film, Gotta Get Mine.