Rhyme Report

Published on October 27th, 2018 | by Guest Editor


Shawn Smith Follows BET Hip Hop Awards Cypher Debut with Soul-Stirring Visual ‘Heaven’











Following the momentum of Philly lyricist Shawn Smith’s energized BET Hip Hop Awards Cypher, comes the release of the visual for his critically acclaimed single, “Heaven”. The track’s lyrical impact is just as potent as the soul-stirring visual. The struggles of Shawn Smith’s upbringing are brought to life in the video and match his message of faith and speaking to the hearts of his listeners. “Heaven” is the first official video from Shawn Smith’s forthcoming EP coming soon. Get “Heaven” here.

After spending his adolescence building up a street buzz under the name Young Savage, the Philadelphia rapper Shawn Smith reclaimed his own name for his autobiographical debut, SINK OR SWIM: A SHAWN SMITH STORY. Once known for his voracious freestyles and quippy punchlines, Smith’s latest chapter brims with big-picture storytelling and astute social commentary. “I figure I can be a spokesperson because they never gon’ be able to tell their own story,” he says, casting a light on his Southwest Philly friends and family. “People being aware of that cycle could open their minds up,” he adds optimistically. And yet, there’s no preachiness in his perspective. Instead, Smith has figured out a careful balance in rapping about his upbringing: he’s equal parts sharp-tongued and warm-hearted.

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