Exclusive: Shake Da Mayor Talks New Album “Are U Helping Or Hating” & More
Shake Da Mayor is one of California’s most known unknown artists from California’s Central Valley. Hailing from Fresno, Shake began rapping at age 12, motivated and schooled by hardcore rap and hip hop. Coming from an area right in the middle of Cali, Shake Da Mayor was bred on the message and music of Too Short, Ice Cube, Hieroglyphics and Dr. Dre. After creating his first group by 13 years old with childhood friend, Planet Asia, becoming the opening act for hip hop legends like Hieroglyphics crew, Cypress Hill and E-40, further propelled this MC and his evolving Skhool Yard crew into Cali’s music history.
After substantial tours and notable achievements, the draw of independent opportunities eventually separated the group. Shake embarked on his journey solo, to make his own imprint in hip hop music. By honing his business experience with organizing and managing Skhool Yard, without major label funding and marketing support Shake Da Mayor created significant musical buzz for himself with anthems like Everybody’s Gangsta ( I Am From a Place), later with Stunna Shades featuring E-40, which appeared on TVT’s Hyphy Hits, and the pop sleeper You Turn Me On featuring Jacoria, all of which helped to cement Shake’s relationships with major radio stations in California and 17 other markets in the United States.
True to his history, Shake has never stopped performing and recording. Always the businessman, Shake used the lull in music to create and produce his own online video blog called The Information Station on www.siccness.net, featuring established and emerging hip hop artists. Garnering thousands of viewers per week for the vlog, Shake is now poised to release new music to the masses. His new album titled, “Are You Helping Or Hating” shows his growth and maturity as an artist, by organically representing the area where he is from: Fresno. He remains in the middle of Cali’s musical tastes, always hardcore and always conscious.
Check out the full interview and purchase the album which was released September 23rd, 2016. The album is produced by Cen Cals super producer Draft and host features from Diego Redd, Omar Aura, Les Vegas, Lover Boi, Jay France and more. The album is narrated by his father Kehinde Solwazi, who has been a very influential factory in the Black Community of Fresno, California.