Interview with Shawn May
Coming through with an unconventional style, rapper Shawn May been on the come up, with inspirations such as Kendrick Lamar, Isaiah Rashad, J. Cole and more. His debut project “SAVE 3” is available now on all streaming platforms!
Where are you from?
Born in raised in Cleveland, Ohio. But I’m hailing from the Queen City, Charlotte.
How long have you been making music?
I been making music for almost 10 years now really. That’s crazy.
How many songs /albums have you released to date?
A lot of songs yeah. Too much to count right now.
Can you tell us about your latest release and the background and inspirations behind it?
‘Thank Jermaine’ was inspired by the namesake after he put that Album Of The Year track out. Plus I already had shit to say about the Charlotte music scene. I needed to hear that from Cole.
How have you ended up in the music industry?
By sheer accident. Back in 6th grade I stumbled upon Garageband and made these makeshift songs. People was liking it so I wrote more. Now you see the result of that.
What do you think of the music industry in 2018?
Right now, I can’t hate on it. I barely listen to anyone mainstream like that anyway. Mostly artists I mess with personally.
Who do you think the most influential artist?
Most influential right now? To me it’s K. Dot. That humbleness and mindset he has is reflected through me. I respect him the most.
Who have you collaborated with so far in your career?
So far I worked with some homies of mine. Static, TrashmanFresco, MAVI, ANTI ORPHEUS. I got to work with YG TUT and KOTA The Friend as well. There are other talented people I’ve worked with. I mess with all of them.
How do you think you differ from other artists?
How unconventional and simple I am. I make the best with anything I have and the outcome is something beautiful. I may lack in some areas but I’m here to create something positive and beautiful for the people.
Dead or alive, who would be your dream collaboration?
Big. Pac. Kendrick. X. Doja Cat. J.I.D. EarthGang. Tyler. Cole. Jaden. Caleon Fox. Many more.
What was the first album you bought?
My first real album I bought for real was Travis Scott’s Rodeo. I was put on him by my homie Isaiah Pharoah and it was a masterpiece.
What’s your favourite song at the moment?
My favorite song right now is my homie MAVI’s “Back In Focus” joint he got with Wiardon. And on some funny funny, my future BM Doja Cat got that “Mooo!” out right now.
If you had to sell your music collection tomorrow, what album would you leave in your draw?
Everything. You ain’t getting a thing. I need my inspirations
What is your favourite saying?
“I understand. I remember being too inadequate to be a man” – MAVI
What other hobbies or interests do you have?
Anime. Beat making. Family. Allat.
Tell us more about your upcoming project or this new project?
It’s called “Yes, I’m Alive”, it’s gonna be an EP. The album art on the gram. That’s it.
What’s in the pipeline after this project?
I’ma lay low. Do something unsuspecting. But really I’ma keep everything consistent.
Thank you for your time and may you carry on making great, fresh music.
I appreciate the opportunity of giving y’all a piece of INDUH. Check for my content soon. Gone.