ER: What it do Shaya, How are you?
Shaya: Just bracing myself for this summer with the release of Fallen Awake. Besides that just staying busy in the studio fam, ‘bout to go in and work on my follow up. I am always tryin’ to stay ahead of the game.
ER: What was life like growing up?
Shaya: Life growing up was rough, but fair. I had my share of ups and downs like anyone else. ; some more than others I can't complain though. I let some of that out in my record, of which you have been able to hear. But I'm sure I'll be bringing more to surface the second go round. You know, getting more personal.
ER: What is Thinking Man Music?
ER: On “Proud,” a very sincere track, you spit "pops always said I had the talent to do it…" What did you mean by that when your past might suggest otherwise?
Shaya: Well, as you might know I have been doing music for 10+ years or whatnot. Had my share rejection and uncertainty about the rap game as does anyone else getting doors slammed in their face. I never really had anyone really close to me say they liked my music other than my father. So on Proud I threw it in there that my father always said I got the talent to do it. ‘Cause he was the only one encouraging me to keep with it and pursue my musical aspirations, which kept me from falling prey to my upbringing and or past.
ER: Are you happy with the independent situation or if a viable opportunity presented itself at a major label would you opt for the latter?
Shaya: The independent game is where I'm at right now and I feel blessed that I was given the opportunity to make something of myself and reap more of the benefits being that you see more funds and less financial constraints independently, although I would take a major label contract if given the right deal. That's some exposure indie acts can't get off the jump.
ER: Who would you say are your greatest musical influences past and present?
Shaya: My greatest musical influences past and present are Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder, 2pac, Nas, Pharrell Williams, of course Snoop and Dr. Dre, Pete Rock, Pharcyde, De La Soul and also Jay-Z.
ER: What do you hope to accomplish with your debut?
Shaya: I hope to accomplish being heard. With just that I believe my music will speak for itself and give the people as well as the music industry something innovative, original, and honest.....Thinking man's music.
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