The Musical Progression of Sho Beaz
Pink Floyd. The Steve Miller Band. Nirvana. These are just a few of the musical talents
that have influenced Shanne Bartow, artistically known as Sho Beaz. But, in 1994 when
Wu Tang dropped C.R.E.A.M., he was turned on to hip hop for the very first time. That
influential moment pushed him to experiment with music at age seven. And he's been
addicted to making music since.
Becoming more intrigued with the hip-hop world, he taught himself how to freestyle
after being inspired by the 1997 Rap Olympics. By 12 years old, he had written his first
set of lyrics, which he composed to an online beat. The consecutive year, he completed
three more songs as he continued building on his freestyling skills. During his
adolescence he also participated in karaoke and talent shows. He even set up his own
turn tables, envisioning DJing as the best way to break into the industry, and even then,
realizing how important versatility would be.
Without any separation from music, in the summer of 2003 he flew from his Michigan
home to Las Vegas, where he recorded his first demo. By this time, he was making beats,
while learning the production side of the field. It was here that he
got his first, real taste of music, producing one of the five songs on his demo.
By 2004, he was also working with others who did not have experience in the realm of
music, but they had interest in it and potential. Mentoring with complete creative control,
he put out two mix tapes by May of 2005. It was also July of that year he decided move
to Las Vegas in hopes of furthering his music career. There, he entered a New Years
Eve freestyle competition with 50 contestants, himself in the minority. By the fourth
round, it was time for Sho Beaz to battle in 30-second intervals against his opponents,
whom everyone at the event knew; Thus he was also battling against the odds.
Achieving recognition in the final round, Sho Beaz beat the previous reigning
champion's cousin, and moved on in the competition, walking away with third place. By
the end of it, last year's freestyle victor had one thing to say to the new contestant: “I
was looking forward to battling you.” This was a stand-out moment for Sho Beaz, and
permitted him to leave feeling accomplished and longing to work harder.
In July 2006, he headed back to Michigan to attend school for Music Recording
Technology, and started reconnecting with artists he had formerly worked with. For
roughly four years, they worked on an album, and compiled an archive of approximately
500 beats and over 100 written tracks. During this period, these collaborative musicians
began performing at local venues, while passing their music along to big names in the
industry with no response. But, that didn't discourage Sho Beaz. He continues to work
diligently to promote himself in an industry of broken dreams.
On Oct.15, 2010, he released his first album, Real Life Real Hip-Hop, and perpetually
entertains to share his music with others. He is willing and ready to learn, and is striving
to become a guru in all creative aspects. He is currently taking on various roles as: A
producer, song writer, recording engineer, beat composer, lyricist, DJ, artist, promotor,
and hopes to gain more titles with experience. But, above all he believes in his music,
and will do whatever it takes to acquire success. Passion and motivation
are two concepts he lives by.