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Sid Shyne Interview: ‘I want to be on my own wave’

For underground emcee Sid Shyne, it’s all about the “energy” and Adrenaline that’s within him. As a beacon of uniqueness — touting an in-your-face symphony of slicing synths with barrages of head-bobbing bars — Shyne’s star seems to be shining brighter than ever before.

Fresh off his performance at Lyrical Lemonade’s Summer Smash in Chicago (June 17-19), the New York-born, Atlanta-raised artist is supplying the new wave with doses of his enigmatic sound at his own pace.

Moving back to Atlanta from Nigeria at 14-years-old, Shyne not only gained a stronger cultural respect and appreciation for his craft, but opened his eyes to seeing different perspectives through his own experiences. Channeling this into the music, it’s evident that Shyne is someone who goes against the grain — testing the limits of his artistry with each passing track.

As a product of Atlanta’s sweeping plugg wave, alongside his brother and fellow rapper $odaman, Shyne is living out his own “Cinderella’s Fairytale” of sorts. His last full-length project, Midnight Fantasy, is a testament to his “futuristic,” otherworldly soundscape, as his latest EP Adrenaline is a further example of his most-pitting aura.

Along with touring with the “underground king” himself LUCKI, Shyne’s big-name co-signs are rapidly racking up. Working with BKTheRula, Nick Mira, Taz Taylor, Lil Yachty, Trippie Redd and others, Shyne is on the incline for many reasons, but one sticks out amongst the rest: It’s all in the details for the ATL rapper.

“I’m so hands-on with everything I do. I’ll write treatments for my videos — I want my beats to sound different. I want everything to sound like it does in my mind.”

Sid Shyne to OGM

Striving to gift the game with something completely different, the sonic world he’s cultivating is truly one-of-one. “My goal with [music] is to speak to people’s souls,” he said. “I want to be on my own wave, I don’t want to sound like nobody.” His latest single “Karma Electric” bolsters the dual-city enigma’s appeal ten-fold — floating over the track’s ear-splitting synths and sizzling bounce.

Inspired by video games, anime and the OG SoundCloud wave by way of Playboi Carti‘s former collective Awful Records, Sid Shyne is only going up from here on out. Sitting down with OGM host Hakeem Rowe, Shyne spoke on LUCKI, coming up in Atlanta’s plugg scene, “Cinderella’s Fairytale,” his EP Adrenaline, Internet Money, Lil Yachty, Trippie Redd and more in this Our Generation Music exclusive interview.

Watch Sid Shyne’s OGM exclusive below!