Los Angeles rapper Shakewell debuts his breezy new cut and head-spinning visual “Late Night,” the lead single from his forthcoming album Long Haired Dragon releasing via G59 Records / Caroline. Produced by Dretta, Shakewell doesn’t take any chances as he raps about his after-hours hustle over the melodic beat. The song is his first official release on G59 Records, home to artists $uicideBoy$, Germ, Night Lovell and Ramirez. Enjoy this video stream below after the jump and please share this with friends.
“I wrote the song as kind of a commentary on my own experience being both an addict and an artist at the same time. On the one hand, I’ve had this ability to make music that reaches millions of people and has created all sorts of success in many areas in my life but on the other hand there’s always that urge to clean up my act for the sake of my brain and long-term health,” explains Shakewell.
He continues, “It’s a little scary to look yourself in the mirror and work to change your bad habits as an artist especially because you begin to wonder just how intertwined your drug use is with your music and you begin to question if you can make the same quality of art while being clean because for years you’ve been doing things in a certain routine that has paid off for you.”
Shakewell is not your typical Los Angeles-kid-turned-rapper. Born in the San Fernando Valley, he dropped his first record in 2016 then moved cross-country to Florida to hone his musical talents in the Miami hip-hop scene with the likes of Pouya, Ghostemane, and even dabbled in Florida’s metal scene. During these formative years, he built up legitimate touring experience by hitting the road with his labelmates $uicideBoy$, Denzel Curry, XXXTentacion and Buffet Boys affiliates Fat Nick and Pouya.
The new Long Haired Dragon album follows two EP’s Key Stone Prince and Big Juice Sip. The latter featured fan favorite “Leglock” that has gained over 12 Million Spotify plays and 3 Million SoundCloud plays. “Leglock’s” music video features characters from the off-the-wall Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job! On Adult Swim, it has gained over 12 Million YouTube views. Overall, Shakewell has racked up over 175 Million Streams combined streams with over 1.2 monthly listeners on Spotify.
Founded formally in 2015, G59 Records boasts a lineup that is as bold as it is diverse. Flagship act $uicideboy$ have cultivated one of the most loyal fan bases in music because they have chosen to go where many artists wouldn’t dare to when it comes to detailing the harsh realities of the downtrodden or being a social outcast. G59 believes that the most intriguing and captivating artists are the ones that don’t fit within the constraints of what might be considered mainstream. Both the individual and collective fan bases of G59 artists (Shakewell, Germ, Ramirez, Night Lovell, $uicideboy$) are of all socioeconomic backgrounds, races, ages, and beliefs; which in essence is what music is all about. G59 artists are encouraged to be themselves and take the reins on their individual creative directions to keep their music and brands as authentic as possible to both themselves and to their fanbases.
In 2019, G59 artists spearheaded the inaugural Grey Day, a yearly nationwide tour that showcases the best talent across hip-hop/rap, metal, rock, trap, EDM, and more with a focus on fan bases composed of young people who, like our artists, might not fit into any one mold. Between both domestic and world tours combined with countless releases coming down the pipeline, we urge you to stay current with our talented roster as we move into 2020 and beyond.
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