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NEW YORK AFROBEATS ARTIST MPR SHAWN IS ON THE RISE

Westleaf Staff

What's up Leafers? Welcome to the latest edition of On the Rise where we interview upcoming music talent. Today's guest is Afro-Beats artist MPR Shawn. Shawn is straight out of New York by way of Trinidad. His sound is vibey and aa mix between Soca and Afro-Beats. We can definitely see J selling out shows on major international stages.The NY based MC has been on our radar for a while so we had to tap in with him! Check out the interview below.


Westleaf Staff: What's up, Shawn? Your sound is dope. When did you start making music?


MPR Shawn: I started making music as a child back home. When I first moved to New York it grew crazy as I was taking in more different sounds. I moved to New York when I was ten. It was a challenging and comforting experience for me.


Westleaf Staff: That's dope! What city do you represent?


MPR Shawn: I was born in Trinidad and raised New York City mostly Brooklyn.


Westleaf Staff: Shout out to Trinidad and NY. So how did you create your stage name?


MPR Shawn: My brother Nemo P gave me the name but I was MPR from the start.


Westleaf Staff: That's a dope name! So how did your early life shape your interest in music?


MPR Shawn: Well I was born in Trinidad so my music style is something you would hear in the islands. I make music to be reminded of home. Every time I make a song I just go back to me in Trinidad. So to answer your question, it shaped life tremendously.


Westleaf Staff: Dope! Music runs through your veins. So who is your biggest Musical influence?

MPR Shawn: I have a few musical influences from all genres including dancehall pop And hip hop. As far as artist Dexta Daps, Vybz Kartel, Burna boy, and Fivio Foreign. My Brother Nemo P as well, It’s a mix as you can see because yes I’m an Afro Beat artist but I also make different type of music.


Westleaf Staff: Dope choice! They're all legends. What's been the defining moment in your music career thus far?


MPR Shawn: Landing my deal with Most Prolific Records LLC I started off as a A&R for the company and then I started showing my brothers my music and I started recording music so they could hear it. When I got their approval MPR Shawn the artist was born.


Westleaf Staff: That's dope! Congrats on signing! So what makes you a unique artist?


MPR Shawn: What makes me a unique artist is that I created this sound on my label. I am the first Afro Beat artist on my label, and also I’m adding to a new sound in New York City. Reggae and soca are strong solid sounds here. The fact that I’m mixing all of them together is a musical gumbo which is unique in its own way.


Westleaf Staff: Dope! So what does art mean to you?


MPR Shawn: Well it means a lot to me bring that I was a tattoo artist.


Westleaf Staff: That's dope! You're super talented! Where do you see your music career going over the next few years?


MPR Shawn: Growing and glowing showing steady growth while crafting my sound and leaving my mark on this music thing here.


Westleaf Staff: I wish you much success! Before we go, describe music in three words.


MPR Shaawn: Inspiring, Important, and Healing.


Follow MPR Shawn:


Tik tok: @mprshawn

Instagram: @mprshawn2020

Facebook: MPR SHAWN

 
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