A popular quote by Bernard Clive goes, "The loudest voice in a room is sometimes the quietest." No artists expresses this more than the Tulsa artist named Shyheim. His quiet and reserved nature masks his ability to slaughter his competition. His tracks often show just how surgical his pen is, as there is no waisted energy in his lyrical attacks. His alter ego "Shy Guy" is fitting for an artist who can both be the hero, but isn't also afraid to be the villian. Let's get to know Shyheim:
1. Many people would consider rap a braggadocious genre. Why name yourself Shy Guy? Well, Shy Guy is a character originally from Mario Karts. Shy was also my nickname growing up. When I was in middle school, I played that game RELIGIOUSLY. Everyday before school, during school, and after. This character happened to share a part of my name, so I strayed calling myself Shy Guy a lot around my sisters and stuff. I liked how he represented me — didn’t talk, but was animated in his non-verbal expressions. Even later in 2018 when I was previously apart of the Juice Radio Show, I called myself “Shy Guy Live from the Northside”. Later when I started figuring out my brand, Shy Guy became an identity of its own, but still apart of me, representing me tryna turn my weaknesses into strengths.
2. In Hip Hop there has been a stigma when it comes to therapy. On your blog Shy Guy Live from the Northside you talk about the benefits of Hip Hop Therapy. Have you ever been to therapy? I have been to therapy actually. I wasn’t consistent with it when I first went, due to being busy with work and whatnot, but I feel like I benefitted quite a bit from the few sessions I did go to. Who would be on my therapy playlist? Definitely The Internet, Sade, Jhene Aiko, Nipsey Hussle, 1st Verse, St. Dom, Tribe Called Quest, Common, and Slum Village off top.
3. On September 2nd you tweeted "It’s interesting so [to] see how many “nerdy” things have become trendy over the last few years. It’s like the “Nerd Enlightenment”. What's one thing that you're into that was considered nerdy but is now "cool"? Anime definitely. I got made fun of for reading manga, and repping anime like it was tatted on my arm.
4. What's one song that you think showcases your lyrical skill the most? And why? They’re not out yet, but I would say my songs ‘Hibachi’ or ‘Nagato’. As far as the songs I have out, I’d say my song ‘S&M’ which is exclusively on SoundCloud
5. What's next for Shyheim in 2020? I have my upcoming tape dropping called ‘Shy Guy: The Midwest Masquerade’ which’ll be coming before the year is over. Be ready for that!
Thanks again to Shyheim for taking time out of his day for the interview. Checkout his latest video "Will-O-The Wisp" below.