Prison doesn’t stop San Diego’s rapper who laces with blunt
truth in new singles ‘Got Damn’ and ‘Pop’N’
SAN DIEGO, CA – There’s no question that Shawn Rude is outspoken. It’s a character trait he’s had since he was a little boy. Fans need only listen to his music to get a feel for the kind of rare transparency and honesty he brings to the world. With songs like “Got Damn” and his most recent single “Pop’N,” Shawn Rude brings a style of music that not only entertains but challenges listeners in ways that make them think deeper and motivates them to action.
“I say what’s on my mind,” he said. “I’m blunt. For as long as I can remember I’ve had girls telling me I’m rude because I’m so outspoken. I eventually decided to embrace it and came up with the name Shawn Rude. Today, Rude Mobb is my brand. I have a clothing line and branding and a music label all under that name. When you see Rude Mobb out there, people want to look it up and know what it’s all about.”
Shawn Rude has developed his unique sound and style while growing up on the streets of San Diego. He released his first project, “Rude Awakening” in 2011 and then followed that up in 2012, with a duo album with West West, another well-known artist from San Diego. The success of those two projects led to some regular shows, and he eventually got the opportunity to open for major artists such as Mario, Omarion, Pusha-T, The Game, E-40, Clyde Carson, YG, Nipsey Hussle, Joe Moses and more. Things were looking good for Shawn by 2013 … and then he was arrested and went to jail early 2013 and got out late 2015. Although he says it was a setback to his music career, he didn’t let it derail him completely.
“When I got to the pen, I wrote about three albums and two mixtapes,” he said. “I got a lot of work done with a lot of beats and features. I was still working. Never let a situation stop you from reaching your goals. You can do anything if you put your mind and dedication to it.”
Shawn was released in November 2015 and hit the ground running with his music. Already this year he’s had the opportunity to collaborate with big name artists such as Mozzy, Mike Sherm and Sobxrbe, just to name a few. In fact, Sobxrbe is featured on the single “Pop’N,” and the duo brings an energy to the song that Shawn said elevates it into one of those perfect summer anthems.
“It’s a song that speaks about how we never had nothing; but now that we’re pop’n, everybody wants to love us,” he said. “They didn’t love us when we were down, but now that we’re up, they love us. Yhung T.O. got his own little flow and singing style and he came right on the hook and definitely sang something we can all relate to. And everybody knows Slimmy B for his aggression. He’s a hype man. He’s arrogant and brings it in a way that makes you want to bob your head. And my bro Dbick also came with the usual fire verse. Shoutout big bro.”
Shawn said he hopes to continue to make dope music in the future and is excited about more opportunities to collaborate with other artists. He said one of his main goals is to bring his city of San Diego together in the same ways that other cities – like Atlanta, L.A., New York and Miami, for instance – have come together to create distinct sounds and styles.
“We need that in San Diego, and that’s what I want to do,” he said.
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