Besides having the most Google-friendly name in Hip-Hop history, what else has .Shannon.La.Goddesss. got going on for 2023? Let’s find out:
Tell the people where you’re reppin…
I’m from Hawthorne, C.A.; a city in Los Angeles. It’s right next to Inglewood. I’m a Afro Latina Caribbean-American. My Mom is a Belizean Garifuna and my dad is from U.S. Virgin Islands. I was born in Inglewood, C.A. [however].
How does your ethnic background play into your music or aesthetic, if in any way?
Yes it does! Us Caribbeans and Latinos are more open than other ethnicities. We’re our authentic self and no one and nothing can change that.
How’d you get started in rap?
Singing and rapping on stage has always been my dream since I was little. I would sing any chance I would get. I decided one day to pursue it.
Okay, okay… name your biggest influence…
My biggest Influence is Drake and Jhene Aiko.
Describe your style…
I make emotional Rap and R&B music, like Rod Wave mixed with Drake.
What about the emotional rap style makes you lean more towards it?
I’m a sensitive and emotional person at heart. I wear my heart on my sleeve. So, I naturally gravitate to that style. I want to help heal people with my music and us sensitive, kind and emotional people deserve to be heard too. I know those types of people are usually quiet, right? I want to become a voice for the people and tell them it’s okay to be yourself and to speak up. I got bullied extremely bad in elementary and middle school. That made me have anxiety and social issues. I’m a pretty quiet person myself, but recently I started to speak up because of music. Music is my passion and it’s very healing as I said. Music can be used to heal. That’s why I look to people like Jhene Aiko. I like the spiritual side of her music. I tried to incorporate that into my music too. So I guess that makes my sound unique? I don’t know, I’m still trying to find my color, haha…
That’s powerful. What’s your come-up been like, thus far?
I really haven’t had a come-up yet. Im new to the game, but maybe being played on a radio station is mine.
What’s your biggest challenge as an artist?
Perfecting my craft is pretty difficult. I’m new to this. I’ve been singing and rapping for a year now. I think I sound pretty good, but I still have a long way to go.
So, what’s your songmaking process like?
First, I find a beat I vibe with; I write the lyrics and then I record a demo on my phone with Bandlab. After I’m satisfied with that I go to the studio. I record on the computer. My brother mixes it then its done. My little brother is a producer, Jaybewavy. So, I got it easy, haha.
London on da Track instantly came to mind! I just love what he did for Summer Walker. I want to try a more R&B take on things. I’ve been mostly doing hip hop and rap. He’s versatile and I like that. If I wanted to do hip hop [record], he could do hip hop. I think he fits the bill, perfectly.
What legacy would you like to leave in the rap game?
.Shannon.La.Goddesss. will be known worldwide and my songs will become classics. I hope you enjoy my [new] song, “Pronto“. My Instagram is @shannon.la.goddesss.