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"The Brightest MoonShyne Ever"

If you are looking for music that conveys progress and positivism, then Moonshyne’s music is the one for you.
Writing since the age of 13, Moonshyne was looking for a release from family and school drama. But all his efforts begin to get serious since 2001, when he realized a great sense of gratitude from working with a song. “At that point,” Moonshyne says, “I told myself to either make it happen or settle for disappointment.”
Moonshyne doesn’t set boundaries for himself. He only sees opportunities to add to his “sense of direction,” especially after just finishing a tour with Pep Love and Casual from Hieroglyphics. Moonshyne says he likes to create songs “in the car, in the shower, after sex, at work, whenever.” He can either be half-asleep or laboring over work, but that’s what Hip Hop does—it allows room for no particular format. Any mood for any mix n’ match flows out through Moonshyne’s music.
When is comes to influences, Moonshyne likes to look at artists who’ll inspire him to write right away: Mos Def, DJ Premier, Black Thought, DJ Jazzy Jeff, Redman, Ras Kass, Too Short, and Timberland. He says, “Their flows are my main sources of inspiration.” Outside of working on music, Moonshyne enjoys pool, cooking, Tai boxing, and Filipino stick/knife fighting: “I love to dance and chill with folks over something to drink, and drive or ride motorcycles.”
Because of this, Moonshyne maintains a sense of patience and persistence. He believes that it’s important for any artist to find people who will be there for them, to believe in them and help out. “People can hinder your progress and you need to be prepared for that.” Basically, people can either make or break a person, but that obviously hasn’t swayed Moonshyne from doing what he loves to do—music. - Queen B Chronicles

"Chocolate Octave: Radio Interview"

This was a Radio interview that aired on Nov. 22, 2007 @ midnight. to listen to the interview go to and look up archives for the show entitled "Chocolate Octave". Here is a link of the interview during the second hour of the show: - 94.1 KPFA Show: Chocolate Octave


Where you’re from and why you left or stayed:
I’m from the Bay and from Denver. I left Denver
because my mother and younger sister moved
back to California and I wanted my lil’ sister to
have a male figure in her life.
Pair a LEGENDary figure with a band: Timbaland
as the head of international relations for the U.S.,
since he can play beats and sounds from around
the world.
Name your three favorite “spots” in your three
favorite cities: Bourbon Street in New Orleans;
Maluco Beleza in Capital Federal Buenos Aires;
Agenda Lounge (Sundays) in San Jose, CA
Where is the line between art and commerce?
Art is the inspired work—commerce is the need
to capitalize on the work that’s been created.
How do you become LEGENDary? Faith, a
whole lotta luck, and talent.
Are corporations influencing albums and art?
Obviously… Corporations need to package the
art in a way that is “marketable”. The art itself
becomes less important than the monetary
return on the art.

Year of first release: 2005
Category usually found: Hip-Hop, Underground - Legend Magazine

"Overall Talent Level: 10/10"

Artist: Moonshyne
Album: Ladies & Gentlemen
Label: N/A
Genre: Rap
Sounds Like: ?
Technical Grade: 10/10
Production/Musicianship Grade: 10/10
Commercial Value: 10/10
Overall Talent Level: 10/10
Songwriting Skills: 10/10
Performance Skill: 10/10
Best Songs: Single
Weakness: None

CD Review:
From his debut CD, Sense Of Direction, Moonshyne, a San Francisco Bay Area based rapper, reminds us how great rap can be when it’s combined with a meaningful lyric, a hot track, and a great performance. Rapping with personality and conviction, Moonshyne unleashes venomous flows over a backdrop of head-banging beats that feature breakdowns which proficiently highlight his vocal prowess and rapping talents. If radio Djs would take the time to stop pouring so much Crunk juice for their listeners, they would discover that Moonshyne is a much more flavorful and refreshing alternative.

Here is a link to actual article:

- Gian Fiero


- MoonShyne - The EP
- Sense of Direction
- The Attic Sessions - Mixtape
- From Commercial to Commercial
- Moonshyne Presents.....



Moonshyne is an up-and-coming Bay Area hip hop artist, who, while possessing a wide range of talents, is driven solely by his music. Having released two albums and performed with legends like Hieroglyphics and KRS-One, he’s just now reaching his peak. On his new set of mixtapes, The Beat Arkitexts – featuring original, genre-catapulting songs – he combines his Boot Camp Clik-influenced rhymes with production that runs the gamut from backpacker to trip-hop to Afro-Caribbean.

His full name is Moon Ameen, and his hip hop moniker Moonshyne comes from his childhood interest in Depression-era gangsters, whose bathtub gin and homemade moonshine helped people forget their miserable lives. “You never quite knew what was in it, but it brought people together,” he says. Similarly, with his music, you never know what you’re going to get. “I do a bunch of different styles, but it’s all to make people dance and think.” When he was a child his mother didn’t allow him to listen to hip hop, but he began bringing DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince and A Tribe Called Quest tapes home and hiding them from her. Eventually, he fell in with a crew of rap mentors who came from the east coast. Their teachings can still be heard in his music today, which is as dexterous and fast as it is thought-provoking. “The people who taught me how to spit and how to structure my words, they were all from Jersey and Queens and Brooklyn,” he says. “I was just trying to pattern my stuff after people like Black Thought and Slick Rick.”

At San Jose State he graduated with an engineering degree and, at the height of the millennium tech boom, landed a plum job in Silicon Valley. He was earning a good salary, but didn’t have any time to spend it because he was always working. “I saw the sun rise and the sun set from my cube,” he remembers. Getting laid off was a blessing in disguise; as he explains on the title track of his 2007 Sense of Direction album, he realized that nothing should stand in the way of his pursuit of his true calling, music. “Basically, it was my declaration to my family, to my management, to the world, and to myself that this is what I wanted to do,” he says. “If you really listen to the song, it says, ‘I’m going to do music, and I’m going to be successful at this.’”

His passion hasn’t slowed his side hustles, however. A 6’4” former high school athletic star, he was asked for years why he didn’t model, until he earned a contract with a San Francisco modeling agency. But music has remained Moon’s focus, starting with his 2005 debut album, The EP, which was actually a full-length album designed to give listeners an introduction to his sound. With Sense of Direction he expanded his sonic range, and the album won praise both for its neo-soul overtones and its gritty verses, which were compared to Talib Kweli and Mos Def. In the meantime he toured with seminal Oakland act Hieroglyphics and opened for Bronx titan KRS-One.

The Beat Arkitexts series will be released in installments over the coming year, and promises to be his most ambitious project yet. Volume One features production from San Jose’s DJ Beneficial and Mickey Munday, and has a traditional hip hop feel. Future volumes will incorporate salsa, an Afro-Caribbean sound, trip-hop, and beats from a U.K.-based company. “Whether it’s Latin-influenced, urban-backpack stuff, or the U.K. sound, I specifically picked the producers because they’re dope DJs, and their job is to make people move,” he says.

The Single “I’ll Be” speaks on what music means to him. “I’ve really put a lot of time and effort into song structure, wordplay, studying the history...” he says. “I’m trying to push the movement, to make it an elite art form.” Another verse on the track is about the day he signed his modeling contract; that same day his good friend’s dad died, a man who served as Moon’s father figure when his own dad was out of the picture.

"Though he doesn’t have any kids of his own, the subject of fatherhood is close to Moon’s heart. When asked which lyrics he’s most proud of, he cites his song, “Man Up,” which will be on sale on iTunes and may appear on his upcoming mixtape series. “My dreams n drive/ My pen n pad,” he raps. “Both of em scorchin/ This important like bein a dad.”“A lot of my upbringing has been shaped by the fact that I didn’t really have a pops or male mentors more then a few years older then me,” he notes.

It’s clear that sincerity and being true to himself are Moon’s sacred ideals. It’s rare to find an emcee possessing genuine skills and honesty, but it’s this combination that will make Moonshyne a hip hop force to be reckoned with for years to come.