UP rapper Shonaman releases Rebels


Shonaman, a fourth year Social Work student at UP, has been working hard on the release of his EP entitled Rebels, and after much anticipation he is finally ready to share it with everyone.

You said that your music is related to who you are spiritually. How has your music changed on a spiritual platform?

Yeah, my music is more spiritual. I have grown up a lot and understand things a lot better. Since I got involved with church, my music and identity have changed dramatically.


What sets your music apart from other student rappers?

I don’t compare myself to other rappers. At the end of the day, the music is all universal. However, I am a Christian so my music often reflects my beliefs. I would say that that’s what sets me apart.


Can you describe what Rebels is all about?

Whenever you do something, people have the tendency to place you in a box. They assume that you are just like every other rapper. I make music for those that are out there that want to learn more about Christianity. And that’s what Rebels is all about. It’s about me redefining what the church expects of me and in the process educating others about it.


 The EP was previously called Price Paid Already. Does the change in the name represent your development as an artist?

I started working on the EP in 2014. When I started recording, I was still learning about certain things. As time went by, I started speaking to people who taught me about life, and that helped me develop into the artist I am today. The name change represents my growth as an artist.


It has taken you a while to release the EP. What made you wait so long?

I was worried about the quality of the work. I didn’t want to rush and produce something that wasn’t up to standard. I wanted the quality of the music to be of a high standard. In doing that, I met new producers and learnt how to market myself in a way that would attract fans. All this exposure took time to manifest into Rebels.


What is the best piece of advice you have ever been given?

Don’t ever give up and don’t compare yourself to anyone. If you want to do something, just do it. We all have different purposes in life, so there’s no point in comparing yourself to others. Just be true to yourself.


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