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ShaSimone is a British-Ghanaian rapper and songwriter, born and raised in Hackney, London, and recognisable by her versatile coffee-soaked vocals and skillful wordplay.
Her career took off in 2020, during the height of the pandemic when she started releasing freestyles on Twitter. “A* babe and I didn’t go Brampton,” she spits on one freestyle, which has garnered over 100,00 views. “It just went crazy on Twitter,” she says. “I didn’t expect it but I think that’s what caught people’s attention. That’s when people really started to notice.”
It’s difficult not to notice ShaSimone. Her sound is an addictive blend of hip hop and UK rap, often with a nod to her Ghanaian heritage. For the afro-beat-tinged single ‘Back to Sender’, ShaSimone – real name Shauna Yeboah – shot the sun-soaked accompanying video in Ghana.
She counts Little Simz, Missy Elliot, and Mary J Blige among her influences and favourite artists as well as Kano, Dizzee Rascal, JME, and Skepta. But she draws her main inspiration from nineties lyricists, like Biggie and Tupac, as
seen on her singles, from her official debut ‘Belly’ to ‘Hushpuppi’ to the most recent release, ‘SCHWEET’.