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Born Sha Kevin Aondoakaa Uvah in Makurdi, Nigeria on September 25th to 2 students, he was exposed to music at a very early age. Hip Hop wasn’t even known in Africa at that time so he grew up listening to riddim/reggae & R&B-such as Shirley Murdock, Gladys Knight, Teddy Pendergrass, Al Green, Marvin Gaye, etc.

Moving to Champaigne, Illinois from Nigeria he experienced a very quiet childhood being kept away from bad influences of his rough neighborhood by his immigrant parents. He was just like every other kid: loved music and the growing genre of music known as HIP HOP or rap music but never had any aspirations to get into it.

Moving to Baton Rouge, LA years later exposed him to different styles of music in a whole new region. Growing up mostly in Louisiana he was still heavily influenced by east coast rap. a big fan of BONE THUGS-N-HARMONY, he began to harmonize some of his music.

Noting he had a talent to harmonize but didn’t want anyone to know this was something he liked to do on his own. Upon graduating from high school he went to college at the University of West Florida. He ran across a group of guys from New Jersey and began to tag along with them. At this time of his life he went through an identity crisis trying to find himself.

He questioned everything from his catholic religion to the clothes he wore. The only thing that remained consistent was his love for the music. As he was around the group he began to really understand the Hip Hop genre in depth and started paying attention to lyrical skill and clever word play-instead of only listening to it. He still practiced on his harmony but now began to craft his lyrical ability. For this he called on one of his closest friends he met through his cousin. She was a music fanatic like him from Hattiesburg, Mississippi named Imani.

She had a love for not just Hip Hop, but music in general just like he did. In mid-1999 he decided that this was something he actually wanted to do with his life. He began to work with Imani to sharpen his lyrical skill and at the same time studying some of the greats of the last few years such as Wu-Tang Clan, BONE THUGS-N-HARMONY, REDMAN, HELTAH SKELTAH, SCARFACE, SNOOP, NAS, JAY-Z, OUTKAST, NOTORIOUS B.I.G, GOODIE MOB, DR.DRE and especially 2PAC. He was very drawn to 2Pac’s stage presence, delivery and versatility; jumping from a track such as “Brenda’s Got A Baby” or “Trapped” to “Hit Em Up” and “I Get Around” astounded him. In 2000 Imani was shot and killed.

Being his only lifeline for music and the only person who believed in him, he didn’t see the need to proceed with his music. Between 2000 and 2003 he continued many bad habits and kept his name in the wrong crowds. He picked up boxing and hung on to that for a while until a jail sentence in 2003. While in jail he had a dream and, as he says, “spoke to Imani”. The next day he picked up a pencil and began penning lyrics that would later become songs such as “Ride On Em” and the title track to his debut, “Evolution”. Upon his release he began to work frantically with his cousin Shadow P in Chicago to begin the early stages of the $krilla $quad, which would later become s2 ENTertainment.

Working with super producers Shadow P & KP [Pulling Stringz], Vay Mega and Priceless seperately he began to find the sound that Imani was helping him look for. He began doing shows around the Southern region even going to perform in Houston for the 2006 NBA All-Star Weekend. Now putting out mixtapes/street albums & working on his debut, EVOLUTION 8008, he has built up a buzz around the whole southern region and is looking to take it to the next level. Nicknamed “Trackwrecka” for his ability of mixing sharp, witty lyrics with good subject matter and meshing that with melodic, catchy hooks. It’s only a matter of time before this legend in the making just becomes simply………A LEGEND.

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