Sha Shakusky is a trans female artist from Richmond, Virginia. Her sample-based instrumentals and wavy hip-hop loops muster up surreal, psychedelic visions that often veer into biographical audio clips. Sha’s been making music for just under a year, and she’s already working in a style similar to the lucid creations of J Dilla, Knxwledge and Jon Bap. Released via Citrus City Records as beat tape, Sha Shakusky celebrates her twenty-first birthday and her femininity on XXI (Vignt et Un).
Shakusky lends her own voice to the tape, rapping over a pair of beats and sometimes breaking her silence with spoken words. B.ckwards haus members Afrocat, Heja Rames, and Mnlv also contribute verses on XXI. Shakusky’s sample game is for real fierce, flipping obscure rock, soul and Brazilian jazz pop (Unknown Mortal Orchestra‘s “Like Acid Rain” also finds its way into the mix).
Stream Sha Shakusky’s fire beat tape, XXI, below.