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Originally from the Bronx, MC Shy D is known as one of the first rap artists from Atlanta as he had moved to the region in the mid-80’s and signed to Luke Skyywalker Records. His song, Shake It, rocked dance floors and mini-trucks across the nation as he championed the Miami bass sound with his music. The veteran rapper caught up with our own Todd “DG” Davis” to take part in our WCS HipHop50 series in celebration of its bi-centennial birthday. Read below!

First things first, this year (August 11th) marked the 50th Anniversary of Hip Hop — What exactly does that mean to and for you? 
I’m still surprised it’s still going…it means a lot to me knowing I played a small part in.

To quote the late, great The Notorious B.I.G., “You never thought that Hip Hop would take it this far!” — Was this something that you ever could’ve imagined?
Yes, because new rappers were coming out with new styles and making the art better.
What are some of your fondest, most stand-out moments / memories from your lengthy tenure in this thing called Hip Hop?
Riding on the tour buses, and just seeing the world at a young age.
That said, what are your future plans and / or goals throughout the remainder of 2023, going right into ‘24? 
Keep doing these shows, and hoping I make it to 2024.
Switching gears here, what exactly do you want people to get from your music?       
Just knowing I worked hard and gave it my best.
On a more serious note, are you happy with the current state of Hip Hop? 
Not at all! These young guys are not taking it serious,  and don’t have the real love like we had for it.
What do you feel has and will continue to be the key to your longevity?        
My songs “Shake It”’and “I’ve Got to Be Tough”…”Shake It” will forever keep the dance floor rocking, and “I’ve Got to Be Tough” will always be good in the ghettos around the world!!
Do you have any other outside / additional (future) aspirations, maybe even completely away from entertainment?
Not at all; this is what has been taking care of me for 36 years, Hip Hop!!!
What’s an average day like for you?
Just staying in my home watching TV, eating good and just thanking God that he still has me here!!!
Please discuss how you interact with and respond to fans… 
I love my fans; you could call me directly on my phone, take me out to eat and go fishing with me. lol! 
What is your favorite part about this line of work? Your least favorite? And, why? 
Being able to still travel 36 years later and least still flying these crazy airplanes.
What advice would you have for someone wanting to follow in your footsteps?
Get a lawyer first, learn the business first and come with your best talent; be original.
Looking ahead, say five or maybe even ten years from now, where do you see yourself?    
Not on this earth no more!!
Is there anything I left out or just plain forgot to mention?        
No, great questions! 
Any “parting” words for our readers?
Thanks for showing me love for the 36 years of my career.


MC Shy D joins us for an exclusive WCS HipHop50 interview!

MC Shy D joins us for an exclusive WCS HipHop50 interview!

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