Rapper ‘Shah’ talks about ‘Pay Day 71’ and his passion for music
Today on our Hot Seat we have a passionate and talented rapper ‘Shah’ with us. Lets have a chat with him.
Twist Online : First of all please introduce yourself to our readers?
Shah : I’m Shah, the rapper that loves you.
Twist Online : Who or what inspired you to get into music?
Shah : I’m someone whose gotta do what they love. If you’re asking who’s a rapper that’s inspired me, I’d say Tupac.
Twist Online : Tell us about your recent release ‘Pay Day 71’?
Shah : For this one I’m honored to have my producer and mixing engineer Eddy Nunez (aka L’Eddy) Shah. He runs Bob Marley’s old NY studio by Madison Square Garden and has worked with Grammy award winning artists.
Eddy: “Pay Day 71 is the song that we knew was going to pop. When The Project Boys landed in Atlanta that’s exactly what happened. With all the buzz surrounding the track it was nice to see people still getting the message in the lyrics.”
Twist Online : Is there any inspiration behind this track?
Shah : In this track it’s commentary on the way we live. At one part in the song, that means the way we as a society treat women. The 71 in the title specifically refers to the wage gap.
Eddy: “One thing Shah does is make party music, but he also has these bars. Bars aren’t what people really value these days but that’s what makes this art so fun.”
Twist Online : You must be happy with the kind of response your track has received?
Shah : Yes but the biggest success is the happiness of my loved ones.
Twist Online : You have earned the nickname of ‘New York’s Favorite Toronto rapper’. What’s your next target to achieve?
Shah : I feel like I haven’t even really gotten started in NY. I love NY and I love that NY loves me. And I feel like Atlanta just started to pop as well. I would have liked to help Bernie Sanders do it but that one didn’t work out, so I’m doing what I can on my own. Bernie Sanders was very good at talking to white people about discrimination. As a dude talking to other dudes you have an easier time than girls talking to dudes. With Pay Day 71 I’m talking to dudes about sexism. So that’s a goal of mine with this track, making music for the masses but also retaining the meaning.
Twist Online : Are you working on any new project?
Shah : We’re always making new music and right now we’re taking on some of these collaborations for the first time. This is a lot of fun because now I’m working with the artists and the producers I bump. Right now I have projects in Atlanta, NY, and Toronto. In Toronto I’m always doing something with the homie Junia T.
Twist Online : Are you active on social media? what’s the best way to follow you?
Shah : Don’t follow me on social media.
(A member of Shah’s team provided his social media links.)