Right at the very mid of the 4th Qtr Crunch Time Madness, it couldn't have been a better time for North Carolina's notorious female lyrical assassin Shelly B to makes headlines as "Next to Blow".
Of course I had to embark on featuring this accomplishment in an article because I keep her mixtape "Queen" on replay. NOT just because she's Shelly B and she kills every beat that drops, or because Wet Set productions is one of her Online Promo Teams, but also because this mixtape features some of my favorite beats from the late 90's into the early past decade. Speaking of the decade, as we approach 2011, we must remember this is the start of a new one and the start of the "Branding" trend. If you had to put a face to original female artist branding, it could mos def be Shelly B. She stands out and she sticks to originality and positive imaging within her marketing. Shelly B's track record speaks for itself and I cant even try to mention them all off the top of the head. I will mention she brought home the 2010 SMES Award for Best Female Artist and over the summer she hosted and lead a spectacular Hip Hop for the Homeless event in Raleigh, which should go down in history books. #imjussayin
Her lyrics are real. They're deep, grungy, have attitude and seem to jump off the beat and slap you in the face. If you meet Shellz tho, this is one sweet voiced Diva. Lol. Did I mention her shoe game is mean? You get nothing but the best of energies, positive and negative. She's always supportive of everyone she crosses paths with and even this sarcastic renegade cant find anything to criticize her about. I COULD, but then I don't want her to lyrically murder me, sooo lol i'm just kidding. Listen to the Mixtape, its like the lyrical "monster"comes out and shows up track after track. This is the other side to Shelly B the female emcee and entrepreneur. She IS Hip Hop and it cant get no realer.
READ THE YO! RAPS MAGAZINE ARTICLE ON "NEXT TO BLOW: SHELLY B"
COP THE QUEEN'S "QUEEN" MIXTAPE