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ShaqO releases impressive new project 'In A Real Way'

In A Real Way is now available to stream on all platforms!

Independent artist ShaqO is back with some new heat. The LA-based talent just released his latest project called In A Real Way. It's a 13-track effort that showcases his talents and unique style as an artist. On the album, Shaqo delivers some powerful verses while maintaining his usual turn-up energy and vibe.

"This project is basically about myself, how I be feeling about women, how I want love but at the same time it's tricky, and overall just me having fun," ShaqO said in a recent interview.

In A Real Way is one of ShaqO's best efforts to date. He's someone who has the ambition and talent to take his skills to the next level, and continues to showcase what he has to offer to the world.

His distinct sound sets him apart from his peers, and one of his goals include inspiring as many people as he can through his music. Keep scrolling to learn more about ShaqO and stream his project In A Real Way, out now on all platforms!

What city are you from/ Where are you based now?

I am from Rialto, CA which is located in the Inland Empire. I am based out of Los Angeles now.

What is your artist name? What is your real name? How did you get your artist name?

My artist name is ShaqO and my real name is Shaquille. I got my artist name a couple of ways. So in high school the homies would always call me ShaqO. Just adding an “O” after a name was the thing to do. Also my abuela is from Nicaragua and only speaks Spanish. She can't really pronounce my name all the way so she would call me ShaqO.

At what point in your life did you decide to pursue a career in music?

Growing up I was involved in band and I played the clarinet. I stopped playing in 8th grade because I had one of those “teenage” moments and thought band was for geeks. I always loved music and I would often find myself writing down my favorite lyrics from my favorite artists in a notebook. I would always be rapping and playfully freestyling at lunch etc. My senior year of high school I just randomly made a song one day and decided to put it out. I started walking with a cane my junior year of high school and people started calling me 2canez my senior around the time 2 Chainz blew up. Nonetheless this all contributed to me making music. 

Has your upbringing played a role in shaping who you are and defining your sound today? If so, how?

My upbringing has played a role in who I am and my sound. Growing up my uncle and grandparents played everything. My uncle had all rap/hip hop and R&B music. My grandparents played all oldies and I had to listen to all of them. I took a liking to a lot of west coast music and oldies. A lot of my sound is very West Coast and ratchet but I like to add a dash of smoothness in there. 

How would you describe your sound to readers who may not be familiar with you?

My sound is very unique because I like to add my own twist on my ad libs and the way I say my words. I cannot really compare myself to any artist because I am me, but nonetheless it is unique in its own way.

What ultimately inspired you to dedicate yourself to a music career?

Well my love for music really. But I feel like I can be the figure for other people to come out of their shell and do what they want to do.

What’s one reason you are passionate about music and what inspires you?

Music is the medicine for the soul. It is the only thing in life that can give you a wide range of emotions and memories that last forever. My inspiration comes from my family and others who are genuinely happy and love music. My grandmother loved music and she loved to dance, so she often comes to mind when I'm doing music. 

Who are some of your main musical influences?

This is a great question. Some of my musical influences are Drake, Suga Free, and Nas.

What are some of your music career goals for the future?

My music career goals is to be the best me I can be in music and have fun with it. Enjoy my process and take the L’s with the W’s. I also hope to inspire as many people as I can through myself and the art process of my music.

Tell us about your latest project that just dropped, In A Real Way. What's it about?

The project I am promoting is titled In A Real Way. This project is basically about myself. How I be feeling about women, how I want love but at the same time it's tricky, and overall just me having fun.

What has the response been like to that project?

So far I have dropped two singles “Him” and “Set It Off." People have seemed to really like them alot. I have gotten a lot of positive feedback regarding the tape and I can tell people are excited.

What are some projects you’ve done in the past that you are most proud of and why?

Some projects I have done from the past is Live From the 9 and W.H.R.O.T.Y. I was most proud of Live From The 9 because I feel like not only was I in a great space at that time but it has one of my favorite songs I did. That project is what kind of got me more fans. 

What’s next for you? Are you working on any upcoming projects we should be on the lookout for?

Next for me I am going to continue working on new music and visuals. I plan on dropping a new capsule of clothing from my K.A.N.E Gang clothing line. I plan on dropping the capsule and videos for In A Real Way in a couple weeks.

What message do you hope fans take away from your music?

I hope fans take away the message that it is okay to be you. Embrace it and have fun with it because there is only one you and you are responsible for your own happiness.

Where can we follow you on social media?

Instagram and Twitter is @thekanepapi.