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Right on the borderline of Brownsville, Brooklyn and Queens, at a private table at the famous Linwood Diner, we met up with the new comer to converse about the Beginning, the Obstacles and the Future of ETCETERA. This being one of many interviews he has done, ETCETERA still thought it was too early to tell his story, but we thought that the transition process is what people would like to read about. So when you accomplish it, they feel like they had a part in it.

ETCETERA starts off by stating “Life for me ain’t been no crystal stair,” a phrase taken from his favorite poet, the late great Langston Hughes. But this story is not about a kid hustling, growing up in Crown Heights, Brooklyn selling drugs and living in an abusive home. But about a boy that grew up in a single parent household, listening to nothing but country western and R&B music, surrounded by a loving family that gave him the opportunity to dream, go to college, be creative and become a something-to-be-proud-of.

Introduced to Hip Hop

I got into hip hop because I used to write poetry due to my shyness. It became another form of expression for me. When I was in school I was friends with Tone of Track Masters but at the time he was just our boy Sam who used to pick me up and take me to school and because of his affiliation with Sean “Puffy” Combs, I was able to meet him and learn a little introductory course of how this industry works. During a meeting with him he told me “The Industry is not for everyone… so don’t be like anyone.” Later that same year I met my mentor/friend Kwamé Holland through my man Al Dale aka A Sharp. His mother knew my aunt and my aunt said “my nephew does that hip hop stuff.” A Sharp’s mother in turn said “my son just joined this rap group, they should meet” and the rest is polka dot history. Kwamé took Shawn under his wing and let him rock with the group, a sort of get-in-where-you-fit-in because at this time the group was really set. Kwamé introduced me to a industry that would change my life forever. I learned how to write rhymes…well, but I wasn’t that good for a couple of years but because of my affiliation with him and a good friend of mine, MC Lyte, I was able to co-write for a lot of hip hop stars.

Coming into my own

My confidence level was still low even though I had some records I wrote in circulation but Kwamé still let me get on the stage and rock with him in hopes to get over it. A year later I met up with a producer named Self that started working with me in a basement studio in Crown Heights Brooklyn, on demos when Kwamé was busy. Self ended up being my partner in the former version of Etcetera and during that time I had developed into a true artist. After my cocoon broke, ETCETERA hit the market with a string of underground hits that sparked a lot of attention. I went from the background to babysitter of the underground and college charts. I liked this market at first because it gave me the opportunity to experiment and be a star at my own pace, as well as do tours and make my own money. But during this height of recognition I lost my grandmother (my father’s mother) and my mother (my best friend) to cancer, so the roller coaster that I fought so hard for had came to a halt until I got it together and when I did I came back with a new focus.

The Next Level

The hits were there but far in between due to the industry drivel. At this time ETCETERA the group was barely holding on by a string, and the underground glass ceiling was rapidly approaching. During a radio interview a major DJ personality told me off-air “If you want to hear records that give you that hip hop feeling nowadays, then you have to make them yourself.” So with that on the table ETCETERA banged out a hip hop rock mixture that rolled us into a whole new genre of hip hoppers and opened our circle. A good friend of mine, Ms. Erin McAlister, formerly of Universal Records, now Senior Project Manager for the Recording Academy, thought it would be a great idea if I would allow that particular song to be entered into the running for a Grammy Award due to its recognition. That entry was the start of another chapter in the ETCETERA handbook. ETCETERA bounced around with labels and label offers but this could not keep the group intact. They eventually grew apart and Shawn assumed the name ETCETERA and continued to work with other producers, write for other artists and do features. One special feature was on the album of a dance hall/children’s music artist named Father Goose from Dan Zanes and Friends (who was seen on Playhouse Disney every morning) which just broadened ETCETERA’s brand even more. Prior to this, while hosting a showcase in NYC for DJ Ace of Spades, ETCETERA was requested by an independent label ran by Jo Jeffries-EL, CEO of TSOB Records to write for their R&B artists but later this turned into ETCETERA being offered to sign on to the label itself. Six months into the deal TSOB released The Sampler Album with Shawn - Protégé Magazine, Vol. 4.5 (Written by C. Gilkes)


Discography

2008 – TAKE U THERE feat. Rainah
2007 – BACKIN UP (featured in “STEPPIN': The Movie”)
ETCETERA featured on CHI CHI BODO #1 ON XM KIDS AND PLAYHOUSE DISNEY RADIO with Children music album “BAM BAM DIDDLY” by FATHER GOOSE (As seen on Playhouse Disney)
2007 – BACKIN UP featured ON GERMANY’S OWN DJ CRYPT MIX CD
TREAT YOU BETTA – featured in the A&E pilot series F.O.P. Domestic violence
2005/6 – WELCOME 2 BROOKLYN featured on GAMERTV – FIGHT NIGHT 2 – XBOX EPISODE
2005 – ACE INTERNATIONAL MIX CD – WELCOME 2 BROOKLYN REMIX – ETCETERA & TRILLVILLE
2005 – CHANDRA SIMMONS – STAR STATUS feat. ETCETERA – ITOJA ENTERTAINMENT
2005 – OH NO REMIX feat. BLAMESHIFT – for GAMERTV – FIGHT NIGHT 2 for XBOX EPISODE
2004 – OH NO VERSION 2 feat. GAUGE
2004 – OH NO
2001 – KODAK MAN
2001 – HANG’M
2000 – TONIGHT feat. GAUGE & UG (CELLA DWELLAS)
2000 – BEEZ LIKE THAT
1999 – DRINKS

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Etcetera, New York’s own, Brooklyn Boy Wonder, first hit the scene in 2000 working with one of the industry’s multi-platinum acclaimed producers Kwamé. ETCETERA has now flourished into this dynamic artist/writer entrepreneur, continuing to work with his mentor Kwamé but has added an arsenal of new producers like Domingo, Young Seph and more. He has been labeled one of the best underground chart toppers around, not only for his personal projects, but also his writing and producing for other artists as well. His accolades are beginning to build up on the commercial side as well.

During this time Etcetera made the transition from independent artist to major indie label star with the joint venture with Federal Distribution /UMG through TSOB Records. His first two singles “Take U There” and “Treat U Betta” catapulted him into the mainstream pop/urban culture and has returned to the root of hip hop to once again astonish his newly found fan base with his latest world wide success release OMG (Throw Ya Handz Up) available on iTunes now!!! And where all digital downloads are sold.

ETCETERA was featured as “the new face to see” on the red carpet at 51st Annual Grammy Awards according to AP, MSN, Fox News and ABC. He also was a feature artist at the 16th Pan African Film & Arts Festival during Grammy weekend for his soundtrack performance of “Backin’ Up”, which was selected as the theme song from the festival’s movie "Stepping" out on DVD now! Since then ETCETERA has been featured on the cover of hip hops pulse magazine, Protégé’s Grammy’s Edition, he has made red carpet status at the VMA’s, Billboard Awards and the Emmy’s.

ETCETERA, with the help of his team has made great strides in the industry from a successful underground artist, to a diverse artist and personality.