ShunDi

ShunDi

BandHip Hop

ShunDi engages and captivates his audience through creative wordplay, catchy hooks, and crowd chants. From the club-element to the gritty-street level sound, the combination of ShunDi’s ill writing and the blazin’ hot production of Jphat will make some noise in the music industry.

Biography

Hailing from Chicago's south side, Raashon "ShunDi" Daniels was raised up in a God-fearing home. Though surrounded by alcohol, drugs, and gang activity, ShunDi managed to stand strong and stay true to his morals. Coming up under the first generation of hip hop, ShunDi was heavily influenced by the likes of ground-breaking artists such as Run DMC, LL Cool J, Rakim, KRS-One, and Public Enemy. At a very young age, ShunDi began writing rhymes but never really thought much about it, eventually laying it down in the late eighties.

In 1992, ShunDi was inspired to once again pick up the pencil and begin to write as he had a life changing experience with the Lord. His hip hop journey began as he and two others formed a group called "Tribe of Judah", performing in numerous local concerts and outreaches. During this time, ShunDi linked arms with other local hip hop artists, forming a family of emcees with similar passions, goals, and desires. This family, formerly "The Modern Day Nazarites," eventually evolved into what is now known as "Nazir."

As one of the founding members of Nazir, ShunDi's passion for fresh and innovative hip hop led him to pursue a solo endeavor that would break the norm of typical Christian hip hop and make a mark in the secular arena. While still edifying the church through his music, ShunDi strategically targets the secular audience with the intent of making an impact for Christ. The model for his music is that "it must be able to compete with and defeat the influence of today's music on this hip hop generation." Saturated with passionate lyrics, his music will empower people to serve God with all their hearts, souls, and strength. ShunDi presents a very relevant and realistic point of view, often with creative punch lines and metaphors that will grab the ears of anyone who hears his music.

As a performer, ShunDi has appeared in many local and national events, most notably - JAM Youth Conference at Chicago's Arie Crown Theatre along with Donovan McNabb, Chris Tucker, Bishop Noel Jones and Deleon Richards; Compassionworks along with Cross Movement: Cornerstone Christian Music Festival along with Dirt (Shadow of the Locust family). ShunDi has also performed in many prisons and juvenile detention centers all across the nation with Youth Direct Ministries and the Institute for Prison Ministries at Wheaton College.

"For the creation waits in eager expectation for the manifestation of the sons of God" - Romans 8:19. As a son of God, ShunDi anticipates the full manifestation of his arrival as one of the most promising hip hop artists this industry has seen.

Lyrics

Pledge Allegiance

Written By: shunDi

Pledge Allegiance

Chorus
Now throw your hands in the air and wave’em side to side
And Pledge allegiance to the lamb that was crucified
You may take my life but my spirit will survive
It’s for Christ I’ll live and for Christ I’ll die

Verse 1 (shunDi)
My God and King – I salute you
I can’t refute you, bless you like (sneeze)
When satan booted you, thought he had you out the count like Dooku
When he took you, but he made a boo-boo
Forgot you were massive like buku
Took a third of stars on trek like Mr. Sulu
And pierced his side just like a Zulu
But You raised from grave and freaked him out like voodoo
Crucified the Jew but knocked him out circle like a Sumu
Broke the matrix like Keanu then formed the church like a guru
From earthen tissue, bones, and sinews
Which issues life abundant;
Not life redundant that’s foul and pungent
It won’t hurt you –
How could I turn my back on you?
You turned your back to give your son
The unique One just for us to be one
You want some action then this is word from Shun…
(“If my dad is a pistol, then I’m a son of a Gun!”)

Chorus
Now throw your hands in the air and wave’em side to side
And Pledge allegiance to the lamb that was crucified
You may take my life but my spirit will survive
Its for Christ I’ll live and for Christ I’ll die

Verse 2 (Szahans)
They should’ve told ya that when he sings the sweet songs I’m like a cobra,
Charmed like men at alms singing psalms unto Jehovah
Its not over till the phat emcee sings with verbal eloquence
His word stings like point blank shots with a pellet gun
Red Skeleton couldn’t terrify these Captain Americans
For we hold more fluid in our mouths than a pelican
The 5th element came not to overthrow the Roman soldiers
Not John Edwards but he still got your people crossin over
Move the bolder and make way for soldiers of misfortune
There’s a portion allotted for those spotted in devotion
Peep the infantile praise from the mouth of babes
For unlike Kitty Pride this X’d man cannot be phased
He’s been raiseed first of all on the cross then from the grave
The secret scroll was unrolled – behold my severed stage
And I believe him with a legion of sons and former heathens
Dont retreat, no surrender - remember to Pledge Allegiance

Chorus
Now throw your hands in the air and wave’em side to side
And Pledge allegiance to the lamb that was crucified
You may take my life but my spirit will survive
It’s for Christ I’ll live and for Christ I’ll die

Verse 3 (The Ghostwriter)
In an age of apostasy, political hypocrisy
I preach repentance but people laugh while mocking me
My voice crying in the wilderness with no apology
make straight the way of the Lord and his theocracy
watch and see us infiltrate the gospel as we imitate
Christ as strangers who didn’t come to immigrate
we sojourn in this world and won’t assimilate
and let the Lord fight our battles while we instigate
I’m like Joseph fresh out of jail
or more like Jesus Christ fresh out of hell
ready to leave and come back to call the dead from the cemetery
but first I’ll resurrect the dead from the seminaries
I march to His heartbeat in this military
the Spirit shows me what’s to come like an itinerary
to Jesus Christ alone I pledge allegiance
attacking my goal never ever playing defense

Chorus
Now throw your hands in the air and wave’em side to side
And Pledge allegiance to the lamb that was crucified
You may take my life but my spirit will survive
It’s for Christ I’ll live and for Christ I’ll die

Verse 4 (Parable)
I got my hand on my chest – “like I’m comin Elizabeth”
I pledge my allegiance, my breath to my banner my strength
Since I have been made in his image and likeness
I’m righteous – break through wickedness with iron fist
There’s no denying this, Zionist, I exist
To live and die for the lion king – roar when I resist
Diabolical, methodical, attached to my biological
Baseline hypnotical vibrate roots and follicles
Flows cold like popsicles – obliterate obstacles
An opposition like communism – spit nitroglycerine
With the precision of a physician’s incision – a technician
(Listen!) Come off the top of the head like circumcision
Broke from prison to christen this microphone with my vision
My mission’s bringing division reflecting light like a prism
A rebel, dare devils to rumble in hell’s kitchen
Catch a wreck like collisions – I was dead but I’ve risen

Chorus
Now throw your hands in the air and wave’em side to side
And Pledge allegiance to the lamb that was crucified
You may take my life but my spirit will survive
It’s for Christ I’ll live and for Christ I’ll die

First Impression (ode to hip hop)

Written By: shunDi

First Impression (ode to hip hop)

Chorus –
I’m so in love with you; I don’t know what to do
Or what to say, but I wont let you walk away…

Verse 1
Its been a long a time waiting for this occasion
Peeping her out with prayers and pacin’
She’s a brick house made by skilled mason
Mixed with Black, White, Latino, and Asian
An interesting mixture of culture,
in her late 20’s a pliable sculpture
Oh so fine, the fellas want her,
they swarm quick like buzzards and vultures
Hoping to stay alive like Travolta
Selfishly they touch only to revolt her
Cause they only want a joy ride like a coaster
Please! Let me show ya how ya’ll supposed to
Aint Jewish but my game is kosher
Solo, here’s my chance to now approach her
My heart beats fast as I get closer
This nervous school boy now peep this note I wrote her

Chorus –
I’m so in love with you; I don’t know what to do
Or what to say, but I wont let you walk away
I love you so, and I want you to know
That you and I were meant to be

Verse 2
Since the day that our two eyes first met
I had nothing but love and respect, but who would suspect
That my love for you would soon infect the way I walk,
I now I stand erect
Its no lust, but I crave to thrust intravenous when its time to bust
(press play)
Now feel the rush in vein, it sends your brain on mental escapades
A dead landscape becomes the everglades
And it will never age, what we got will never fade
Though we’ll struggle we’ll have it made
The music stops I’m still moving cause your pulse remains
I’ll represent till I’m halt and lame and they may gawk my name
I’m in this not only for your number and name,
You won’t be played, but when the world here’s the music we made
Its puts to death all this primal rage and when it speaks it ceases all rampage
Chorus –
I’m so in love with you; I don’t know what to do
Or what to say, but I wont let you walk away
I love you so, and I want you to know
That you and I were meant to be

Verse 3
Treat ya right, work harder than blue collar
You’re a queen girl, you aint no dollar holla
But let me break it down like a science, I’m a scholar
But if it don’t make no sense then why bother
To go any further, they don’t love her they want to hurt her
It’s the big bad wolf waiting for murder
But I’m a sheep herder; I’ll divert her from the burglar
Yo, I want to know her
I got the DL like a download from off my server
So I can get down low so I can serve her
Now just take my hand – I’ll take you places you’ve never been
Be the man that you never had
Aint gotta be scantily clad,
you know how girls think – they show what they wish they had
or get enhancements just to show they’re bad
I see you nod your head like “sho you right”
Fa-sho I’m right
They got the eyes wide shut cause their hair’s too tight
Now chill with me tonight
I got a game plan to get her attention – cause you only get one First Impression

Chorus –
I’m so in love with you; I don’t know what to do
Or what to say, but I wont let you walk away
I love you so, and I want you to know
That you and I were meant to be

World Wide

Written By: shunDi

World Wide –

Verse 1
Since my days as a shorty, I heard the call
Seen the writing on the wall, stopped and pause
Selah, contemplate the cause,
See a need world over, they need Jehovah
To see His light shine bright just like a supernova
Cause heaven’s out their range like a rover
They’re blue in the face like Grover
Yo, they couldn’t shoulder
All this weight on their own it’s got them all bent over
In so much pain, life’s got you numb
It’s like nova-cane, don’t think it strange
See I know your pain, and I felt the rain
Sin is all the same cause man is all the same
Man attempts to get up, but its all in vein
Try to fix it all up but aint nothing changed
For your dilemma I got the answer- so take heed
Cause everyone’s got one basic need

Chorus
Its world wide
From Brooklyn to Berlin
Its world wide
From Mexico to Kosovo
Its world wide
From Uzbekistan to Japan
Its world wide
From Antarctica to Aruba
Its world wide
From Surinam to Vietnam
Its world wide
From Tobago to Morocco
Its world wide
From Greenland to Thailand
Its world wide
Yo, come join the anthem now…

Verse 2
I had a dream where I could see from the mountain tops
From upper class suburbs to the ghetto blocks
Don’t be shocked – kids got glocks but aint got no pops
Concrete jungles man kids got rocks
No one cares everyone stares and their quick to compare
Keep up with the Jones’, man if they dare
Quick to judge but aint quick to budge
You give the poor a cold should like they got a grudge
You see his fudge, if you’re religious then where’s your love?
You tipped toed around the problem thinking someone else will solve’em
But they fooled if they think that it don’t involve them
But they’ll say a penny-prayer and make it pretty
Even though you’re blessed with plenty but you won’t give any
Man you’re stingy, selfish cash makes you dingy
Forget your Binjies – aint looking for another handout
But stick your hand out and help another man out the gutter
Together we can put asunder, forget your color
Deep down inside I’m your brother from another mother
But you’re acting more undercover then the man in white sheets
Perspective skin deep, but must we repeat this rich and elite
System perpetuates with ways that weigh down
My-norities crying authorities ignoring me
So I lift my voice and cry out for equity

Chorus
Its world wide
From America to China
Its world wide
From Asia to Siberia
Its world wide
Liberia to Malaysia
Its world wide
Romania to Somalia
Its world wide
From Swaziland to Switzerland
Its world wide
Puerto Rico to Mexico
Its world wide
Guatemala to Bahamas
Yo, come join the anthem now…

Verse 3
We need love, true love
God’s love we must be full of
But what we’re full of I’ve been tired of
It’s not been peaches it’s been facetious
And God’s people are getting malicious
It makes me nauseous when they act religious
Even black folks be actin prejudiced
But how you gone reach the masses when you fascist
The fastest to get an attitude that’s the nastiest
With yo fist pic like a pro-black nationalist
Protest! – pump yo fist up like an activist
But for me I rather raise my hands like in praise and activate my faith through grace
Now watch me elevate, high off the most high my soul will levitate
Not from social reform I’ve been reborn
I’m sworn to make a difference cause I’m not the norm
Make so much noise till you can’t ignore
Keep jabbin my jaws till my mouth gets sore
The fact is we need new perspective
Post-modernists are sayin its all relative
But it’s defective if it’s subjective
Step out your old box and think objective
It’s bigger than you; it’s bigger than me,
It’s bigger than us –
Think about it man, we’re formed from dust

Chorus
Its world wide
From Brooklyn to Berlin
Its world wide
From Mexico to Kosovo
Its world wide
From Uzbekistan to Japan
Its world wide
From Antarctica to Aruba
Its world wide
From Surinam to Vietnam
Its world wide
From Tobago to Morocco
Its world wide
From Greenland to Thailand
Its world wide
Yo, come join the anthem now…

Discography

Featured on Nazir's first single "Nazarites" - 2002
Featured on Nazir/Dirt Split Ep - "Broken Earth" - 2003
Rapzilla Compilation Vol.1 – Featured on “Move Insane” 2004
Kodon – Wheaton College (Soul-a-ray) 2004
Beatmart - Best of the Submissions Vol. 2 (LOVE JONES) 2005
Debut Solo Release - "First Impression" October 2005
Sophomore release - "Return of the Drunken Master" Summer 07'

Set List

shunDi tha Drunken Master (spoken word)
Its On
Love Jones
Come ride wit' me
Get off yo self

My average set is between 20-30 minutes, though I can customize a set to meet the need of the venue. As an experienced artist i'm flexible and able to make the set shorter or longer as necessary. Though I am a solo artist, my set list can be expanded and changed when my back up man, Shalom7, is available.