Some call her a prodigy. Others call her a "work of art". Her music is phenomonal... You haven't heard the half of it! She's been a musician of many instruments at the young age of 4; playing drums, guitar, bass, and keyboards with proficiency. She began to make music after the demise of her father the day after her 14th birthday. Now 22, she is a force to be messed with in this music industry. She's a survivor of all sorts from Hurricane Katrina to grief. She makes music from her soul to touch others; she makes music everyone can relate to. Her purpose in the music business is not to degrade herself or women in general, but to uplift them, and show that they can be on the same playing field as others in this male-dominated industry.
Here is what her own album engineer has written about her after the completion of her first album "This is NOT The Glamorous Life":
Shilla, many we think would say, is the future of Hip Hop in regards to female influence. Take a look at the current crop of female emcees, and those of the recent past... It seems like after the likes of MC Lyte, Queen Latifah, and Lauryn Hill, among others, female rappers have lost all relevance in Hip Hop music. At one time proud pioneers of the art form, female rappers are nothing more than show pieces meant to reinforce many of the male rappers' perspectives of women currently. What is really sad is that a lot of today's female rappers do this without even knowing what role they've been cast in... Enter Shilla.. Two things that are immediately apparent the first time you hear her are: 1) She can actually rap; Something a lot of female rappers are not able to well nowadays, and 2) She can actually sing; Something a lot of female singers seem to not be able to do well nowadays either unless the engineer and vocal producer are good at what they do... Two things that are not immediately apparent the first time you hear her, and further separate her from other urban female recording artists are: 1) She produced everything from the lyrics to the beats on every single song on her album and 2) She recorded the whole album herself as well... That's right. You heard correctly. She made every single beat, wrote every lyric, and even recorded the whole album...herself! That in itself doesn't mean the music is good, but if you've listened to any of the tracks you'll find out very quickly that is exactly what it means. This woman is a beast on either side of the glass! Finally, harkening back to the days when women were a force in Hip Hop music, her lyrical content is diverse. Instead of an album full of lyrics promoting male stereotypes of women and materialism, Shilla's lyrics touch on traditional topics such as love and even un-traditional topics like the frustrations of growing up in a small town. And she does all of this while maintaining her integrity as a strong woman and force to be reckoned with in Hip Hop.
She RAPS- SINGS- PRODUCES- WRITES- ARRANGES -..What more can you ask for?
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