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@TheSqueeze_ (@HelzzzRich @JordanAmy) Interview: Shystie (@IAmShystie)

The Squeeze interviews Shystie


With a new sound, new EP, and a new look, there is no denying the fact that female rapper Shystie is back on the UK rap scene and is here to stay.

London, November 4, 2012 – Nothing seems to be holding Shystie back from reaching her goal to being the best in the UK and known globally. Her forthcoming EP entitled Pink Mist, produced by her producer LzBeatz, features a number of collaborations including Jamelia and Azealia Banks.

“This is the EP that I don’t want people to be like ‘oh she’s back’, I want them to just know that I’m here now…I’m here to stay… It’s one of my best pieces of work to date so I’m really happy with it”.

Shystie hit the Grime scene in 2003 with her white label response to Dizzee Rascal’s I Luv U. Not long after she toured with Basement Jaxx, The Streets and 50 Cent and was quickly signed by Polydor, making her one of the original UK Grime artists and the longest UK female rapper in the game.

About being a female in the world of rap she says “When I first came out it was harder because it was so male dominated but now it’s easier… I’m all down for the girl power”.

After her debut album Diamond in the Dirt was released in 2004 featuring her second single Make it Easy, Shystie dabbled in the acting world however her passion for music has shone through this year with the release of a promo single and video for Bad Gyal in March, a 16 track mixtape entitled Gold Dust (which received mixtape of the week on Radio One and gained over 40,000 downloads to date) released in April, a feature on Azealia Banks’ track Neptune (gaining 126324 plays since its first upload on Azealia’s sound cloud) in July, in August, she dropped a new track called Control It featuring Azealia Banks and her mixtape Gold Dust Vol. 2 was released in September.

With all that done just this year, Shystie’s goal of taking over the UK rap scene already seems to be taking shape. On her plans for 2013, the rapper said “More collabs, more new material, more mixtapes, my own solid original projects, just working towards a new album and consistent music”. –Jade Lee of The Squeeze Press