This is going to be simple. Here are the things you need to know about Shawnna these days:
Shes got an album with Ludacris coming called Battle of the Sexes
You can catch up with the Chi-Town MC at myspace.com/shawnnafanspace
Shes one of the best lyrical spitters out, male or female.
Now, here is what you should want to know.
How the rift between her and DTP came about.
How, shes working it out and why Shawnna Guy never stopped working.
Her relationship with jailed friend Remy Ma and other female rappers.
How shes able to make it clap these days.
Her thoughts on the lyrical state of Hip-Hop.
For this and so much more read on.
AllHipHop.com: Now, when this new project was announced many people were under the impression that you and Ludacris had beef and you had left Distubing Tha Peace. Can you give us the background on this?
Shawnna: A lot of people really want to know what happened, but out of respect for my fans, I aint gonna bulls**t yall. Anybody thats in the industry knows that this shit dont always go the way you want it to go. It got to the point where...[pauses] there was a lot of red tape we had to go over. [pauses] It got to the point where I could come home. I missed home. You know what I mean? Theres a lot of talent at home.
People always want to say, Oh, they fell out. She aint f***in with them no more. I was never like that. This industry is about timing. People fail to realize, I was with Disturbing Tha Peace and Def Jam and Im not one to point the finger but, yall never saw Shawnna out in the media. I feel like people at Disturbing Tha Peace is family and you know family doesnt always agree.
And everybody knows, Def Jam they had a lot going on. They were switching from Jay-Z to JD to whats his name?
Shawnna: L.A. Reid. Thats the machine so if the machine isnt running right, how can my project come out right? It was time to pause.
AllHipHop.com: I got you.
Shawnna: The industry is f**ked up all over the place. Im sure you talk to artists everyday that tell you they are unhappy with their situation. Thats just a part of the game. I never left DTP, it was just time for reconstruction.
AllHipHop.com: I just saw this clip and you know youve thickened up a lil bit in the last few years. A lot of people want to know whats going on there too.
Shawnna: [laughs] Im not stressing no more. Im eating good. Im great right now. My sister is living with me and shes like my in-house chef. She gets down. Its going to be a moderation now that I have to get back out and we seen by the public. Polish up, as one of my NFL buddies keeps telling me. I dont get all caught up in what size I am supposed to be. Black women come all shapes and sizes and we are all beautiful Please just love me the same and pay attention to my lyricism.
AllHipHop.com: I dont want you to get it confused. Nobody is complaining.
Shawnna: Well, my manager said, We have a couple people that want to do some things photo shoots and endorsements. But [They are saying] were a little concerned about this extra weight shes gained. I like my size. Im not stressed out. My type of man likes a woman with a lil meat on the booty a lil meat on the curves.
Shawnna with Ludacris: Emcees
AllHipHop.com: No doubt. Your style has always been impressive to me. Im somebody that always likes lyricism. What are your thoughts on lyricism in general?
Shawnna: Anybody that follows the industry as far back as the Rakims, the KRS-Ones, the Latifahs, the Monie Loves, our Redman & Method Man, to our OutKast and Goodie Mobs. You can go out to the West Coast. You got your Ras Kass. Female-wise: Bo$$ and Lady of Rage. Its so vast and versatile. We dont even have to mention Jay-Z, Biggie and Nas, thats a given. Im in the when I didnt even know I was in the industry with my dad being an entertainer (Rock and Blues legend Buddy Guy). Music changes. Some people want to hear the dumbed down, you aint got to put too much thought to it music. And a lot of people want to hear actual lyricism. When I put out a project, im going after both of those genres. I personally prefer lyricism. I come from the days of you had to be nice.You had to be a spitter for people to even respect you. Dont get it twisted I respect everybody for what they do.
Shawnna raps with two mics and talks about biting
AllHipHop.com: Right. What happened to that group you had with Remy and Jacki-O?
Shawnna: Them my babies. This industry is crazy. When we were going through that, I was going through my negotiations at DTP and Remy was going through her thing with her lable. I think Jack was the only one that was able to move around. It just kept hindering our progress a lot and then unfortunately Remy got caught up in that Im just waiting to go see that girl so I can tell her how much I love her..how much Im there for her.
AllHipHop.com: The landscape for women in Hip-Hop is crazy right now. Aside from the vixens, people are almost hostile to women. What do you think about that?
Shawnna: I dont care. That makes me go harder. That makes me go even harder. We know that its a male dominated industry, but we know that the women are buying most of the records. The industry doesnt try to make men battle unless they say something about each other. We are in high demand and you gotta have tough titties for this s**t. Im not going anywhere.
Shawnna: Its way harder for women. We not supposed to be anything but a sex symbol or something to sleep with. Once we get past the fact that it doesnt have to be just one, I think well do much better. We didnt even have a category for female artist in the majority of the awards shows for the last two years. So why would I s**t on another female artist when we both getting s**tted on?
AllHipHop.com: Are there any interesting wars that you and Ludacis have been though?
Shawnna: Me and Luda are straight lyricists. We know how to learn from each other. And piggyback off each other and swap ideas. Like, we battle. We battle literally. Like if he goes hard, Im like I have to kill that. And Luda knows that I am gonna go hard, so hes like I gotta do something that she cant kill. And I think thats enough for people to buy into [Battle of the Sexes]. It aint weak and aint watered down. Its lyricism. We stay rappin- like theres nothing else to do now. Weve put on all the jewelry, weve driven all the cars, weve flown all the jets, weve been to all the islands, shown all the diamonds. Now what? Lets get back to rap.
Shawnna makes 'em clap
AllHipHop.com: Whats a regular day like for you?
Shawnna: Im a big kid at heart so I might play softball with my kids. Flying down the street in my motorized scooters. We go to the movies in 3D. Being in the industry, it takes a lot of time from your kids and time they deserve. So when I have down time, Im making up for what Ive missed with them. It all works out for me being a big kid. It was different with my dad, he was gone all the time and too tired when he came home.
AllHipHop.com: What about a man? Are you taken?
Shawnna: No, Im not. Im not. Its cool. Me with being on a plane, or being in the studio at all times of the night, men dont understand that. They dont understand that I just left the afterparty at 4am and Im going back to the hotel. [Men say] Well why is it so loud? Theres n***as in the background. It doesnt work. They dont understand the hours, the environment. Until I have somebody that really trusts me everybody has somebody they can call [for an intimate moment].
Shawnna: As far as a companion I dont have that. [laughs] Hes out there somewhere. Ill find him one day. And hes going to enjoy my brand new, big ol booty.
AllHipHop.com: Uh-huh yeah. I would think that you would have more people stepping up to the plate.
Shawnna: Let me explain something to you. N***as at home (Chicago) swear Shes got a baller or a rapper. The ball players and the rappers are like, I know she got a hood n***a that got her on lock. Honestly, Im stuck here with nothing. They dont even try me out. A lot of times, men be intimated. I guess thats good, because a lot of guys, they just want to hit and I aint with that bulls**t.