24hourhiphop.com sits down with upcoming rapper SHO. SHO talks to us about his current projects he has out along with info on upcoming projects. We also get insight into his life growing up, his musical influences and his backround. We also get to check out his new single “Say My Name”. Check out what our Next In Line SHO has to say in the interview below and let us know what you think!
24HHH: How did you come up with your Producer/Artist name? Tell us about it.
SHO: My real name is SHOHEI. SHO is just a short name.
24HHH: Where are you from, and what was it like growing up there?
SHO: I’m from Gifu prefecture in Japan. I live in near from Tokyo now. Gifu is very nice place, there are many mountains and Hidatakayama (city name) is a famous sightseeing area. It takes about 5-6 hours from Tokyo by a car.
24HHH: Who were you raised by? Tell us your family situation. Got any brothers, sisters, or any siblings? Tell us about your childhood, and how it impacted your music?
SHO: My father passed away when I was 7th grade. My father taught ski. I was a pro Alpine ski player until I got injured.
24HHH: What age did you start making music?
SHO: 22 or 3.
24HHH: What inspired you to pursue making music?
SHO: 2 Pac. His song was saved me when I got injured by ski. 2 pac picture is still in my room and he gives me a power.
24HHH: What artists/producers do you work with? Or rubbed shoulders with?
SHO: I made a song together with Havoc (MOBB DEEP) on 2010. Song title is “Hustle Hard”. As everyone knows, he is really great artist. I hope to make song together again in near future.
24HHH: What else you got coming out? New Album? or Mixtape/EP?
SHO: I’m going to make 1 single for 2 months. No plan for album yet.
24HHH: Tell us about your newest single “Say My Name”, how did you come up with that, share us the story?
SHO: Jay-Z’s lyric was inspired me. I am next person come up with. I want tell people that Asian famous rapper is me. I go down on history. I have momentum. You don’t know Japanese but can feel it.
Check out SHO – Say My Name (Official Music Video)
24HHH: Any new travel plans, what you got going on?
24HHH: What is the biggest thing to happen in your career?
SHO: I got tattoo of “The Black Wall Street” and THE GAME liked it. Then I went to LA and joined 8 of THE GAME’s live performances. It’s about 8 years ago.
24HHH: Where can people find you?
SHO: I’m in center of Tokyo “Shibuya and Harajyuku” street almost everyday. You can find me when you come to Tokyo. I’ll give you my mix cd.
24HHH: Any last words or shout outs?
SHO: I need more support from the U.S.!