Today we’d like to introduce you to Black Shawd.
Black, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
I started doing music as early as four or five. I remember, I would just listen and try to memorize every song that I heard, that came on the radio. I remember my moms would always buy CD’s and play these jams all the time. She was a big Aretha Franklin and Whitney Houston fan, but who isn’t. Being that I grew up in the church real young, I was always singing. I used to love and watch the choir and the bands all play together. That to me was the highlight of going, the praise and worship part. Allot of times I would get called up to the front to have to sing, so that really helped, build me. By the time I was maybe nine or ten years old, I was doing talent shows and writing poems, which turned to raps later, lol. As I time went on, I would continually do talents shows, at school and through the city. I started producing and writing for other artist by the time I got to high school. I had a few singers; I started out with, boy band groups, and solo r&b singers. By 17, I was getting into a lot of legal trouble and had got shipped out to live with, my moms in Atlanta GA. Where I meet my mentor and producer at the time. Who taught me everything I know about recording and making my own tracks to rap on.
From learning keynotes, and chopping samples, to create your own sounds. He really shaped me and molded me to the musician I am today. I owe him my life. Just a last year of 2018, he lost his battle to cancer, was really hard to deal with. But never forgetting the things he taught, always applying everything I gained and soaked up being around him. Me and his nephews, which I’m really close to continued to carry on the legacy and still pursue music. So I currently producing his nephew’s artist Mill Gates and Royal Rebel P so stay tuned for that. Since then I have been in all types of huge contest, I audition for American Idol, 106 & park when they were around. I was in the B.E.T. #whowantstomakeitcontest. Were I won contest 10 and made it to the national finals. To go against the other contestant that was in the previous contest.
Where I ended up making it the national finals But got beat in the very end, was really close to winning $100,000 dollar deal with capital records. Didn’t give up there, just last year I was in a huge contest with producer “Legion Beats” who have done songs for Kendrick Lamar, Snoop Dogg, Wiz Khalifa, etc. I ended up winning the contest, which granted me unlimited license to the beats, free promo for life and a song with Chris Brown. So I finally finished the song with Chris Brown, just getting visual and promo campaign, so to that, we can release the song this year. Really excited about that. But this is my full-time musician in the pursuit of happiness, trying to make dreams into reality. Currently releasing a full album with the company along with other singles I will be releasing this year. Also just got nominated by the Atlanta Awards Showcase for Lyricist of the Year. So stay tuned!!!!
Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
Sucks, but my journey has been a tough one needless to say. I lost so many people and artist along the way. From my best friend who died of cancer, when I was 18. He was a very big fan and inspiration. Then by 21 my first lead singer, past after giving birth to her baby. Leaving me with so many songs, I never released with her. From the fall out of, different groups and clicks I was in and trying to get established with. Artist that I was producing that ended up doing lots of janky business that set me back. Losing my brother in 2014, in a hit and run accident, really hit me hard. My brother was my biggest sponsor and investor. Being that my brother was heavily in the streets. Made a decent living. Then year later Easter Sunday I lost my big homie & best friend. Who has been a big brother to me, saved my life on number of occasions but was in a hit and run car accident. Really set me back a lot, cause it was him and my brother who would never let me fall. Then last year having to bury my mentor and producer in music, who taught me everything and molded me to who I am. Most of my setbacks were either cuz of financial situation or mental, trying to stay strong, from losing all those has been here to carry me to where I am. No longer here to see the progression and the growth. But I believe that I will see all of them again and they have been guiding me through all this. Never believed in luck, I believe I have guardian angels that saved my life so many countless times. Mostly self-depression, money setbacks, grew up in such a separated family, hard to get that support. Made it to the finish line so many times and had to turn away cuz I didn’t have enough money. This game is very tricky; you have to willing to invest everything to have this.
All right – so let’s talk business. Tell us about Troublesome Productions LLC – what should we know?
I am the owner of my own production company Troublesome Productions LLC, where I specialize in writing, producing music for artist, T.V., Movies, and Films. I own my recording studio where I offer my mixing and mastering services. While still being an artist and entertainer. I’m proud to say I have been an LLC since 2010 and still going. I just keep learning and I keep on growing, trying to learn everything I can so that I can be a force reckon with.
Is there a characteristic or quality that you feel is essential to success?
My quality and characteristic I feel that have been most important to my success. Are my will to continue to learn and strive to be great. Never settling for anything less than my best. Always giving more than a hundred percent of what I can give. Always willing to lend a hand and help people was I could. Sometimes that can be my curse, always willing to lend a hand to help support people, Who a lot of times never do the same. But like my brother who passed said when you spread love it comes back ten mo. So I’m keep racking up my blessings. Also, my kids, I have two boys and one girl, that without them I don’t know where I would be. They definitely push me to be an example. Something they can look up to and be proud of.
- Website: www.blackshawd.com
- Phone: 404-671-6312
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: www.instagram.com/blackshawd
- Facebook: www.facebook.com/blackshawd
- Twitter: www.twitter.com/blackshawd
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My big brother, Hannibal Muhammad