Tell the people your name and the city and state u reppin.
Shawn Archer. I’m from Philadelphia, PA…North Philly to be exact, that’s the best side.
How did you first get into music?
Music has been a part of my life for as long as I can remember. I can’t remember the exact time. Once I heard Hip-Hop, I have been addicted every since.
Were you in any groups before being a solo act?
Of course, when I was 13 or 14, I had a group called DYAI. That was Da Young Assassins Incorporated. Don’t ask me where we got that name from. It was 4 of us from the neighborhood and we all rapped. We decided to put a group together. It was crazy, because we all had different styles. A couple of group members fell off; it happens. Then it was me and my one homie, Poppy. We had a group, Dolla Signs. He was more of the producer than rapper, because he didn’t want to rap anyway. I’m currently a solo artist, because Poppy is incarcerated. He’s still involved in everything that I’m doing and we’re still making music together.
Who are you musical inspirations?
My top 3 are Biggie, Jay-Z and Nas in no particular order. One of my biggest influences was Mase. When Mase came out, I realized I could more of who I am as a person. Music was hard and gangster and that’s not who I am. When Mase came out, I saw I could be exactly who I am.
Was music always your first passion?
Yes, my only passion. I can’t think of nothing else I was really that passionate for. It still is my only passion to this day.
What has your journey been like since doing music ?
It’s like a roller coaster. It’s been ups and downs. It’s been a good journey. I feel like anything worth having is worth struggling for. I am looking forward to seeing the end result.
What obstacles have you had to face?
A little of everything. I had to find myself as an artist. I had to learn the business aspect of the music. The music is really only 20%, business is more. I also had to find genuine people on my team to believe in my music.
What are you working on right now? Any new or upcoming releases the people need to know about?
Right now, I have my new single Passport. It’s available on all streaming platforms. I’m currently working on my album, Ventilation, which will be coming real soon.
Musically where do you see yourself by the end of the year? What do u wanna acomplish?
I want to keep pushing my brand, Shawn Archer. I want to get as much traction as possible and build my brand. I want to become the best I can can be.
How can people find you via social media?
IG and Twitter- @IamShawnArhcer. You can visit my website iamshawnarcher.com to get latest updates. Make sure you follow me.
Shout to Otta Orbit Ent for sharing their platform. Thank you to KP, Q The Question, Martin Archer of A6P Productions. Without them, I’m nothing. I appreciate them seeing the vision. For everyone else, I’ll see you at the Grammys.