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Shakeman: PGF (Put God First) and Do Yo Thang.

Recently, I was invited to a business meeting with Jovan Moore (known by his pseudonym Vox) and La-Brian Johnson (my trucking mentor). I spoke to Vox and he told me to meet him in Richmond at the Crafty Crab Restaurant in Southside Plaza.

Vox and I were chillin at the bar. Our bartender Queen took extremely good care of us. I stuck to my old go to Rum and Coke. Vox and I started the conversation about the business opportunity which was on the horizon. The people in the restaurant had been doing karaoke all night. As you all know; karaoke can be a hit or miss situation. I noticed a long pause after the last karaoke number and all of a sudden my attention shifted from my conversation with Vox to the DJ set and the stage area. It was apparent that the festivities had somehow changed from amateur night to something more professional in nature. Since I had missed the official introduction, I did not know the young brothers name. However, he and his hype man partner commanded my attention. To the point my conversation with Vox was sidelined. I was all into the performance. These two Hip Hoppers took over the full attention of a Old School student of the culture. I noticed the main emcee had swagga. He commanded the cordless mic. He and his hype man were fluid, comfortable in their skin, very confident. The main emcee in a gray sweatsuit and slides; glided across the stage area like Jesus on water.

And just like that……his performance was over. The hostess mentioned his name but, I did not hear what she said. And with what I felt was a “missed opportunity”, I was right back in the business conversation with Vox. It was almost like he was on mute for a moment.

By this time La-Brian had arrived with his flash and style; threw his hand up and instructed Queen to place all our drinks on HIS tab. After that we moved our business meeting to a table. Before we retired to the table to continue our business meeting. An older gentleman who knew Vox asked if her was still into music. Vox (always an emcee) told him yes. I asked for the gentleman’s number after he advised Vox he was related to the young emcee.

On Wednesday, August 25, 2021, I received a text message correspondence which read as follows:

“How are u doing? This Shakeman. How are you? Trying get In Touch with u.”

My response, “Good afternoon are you the gentleman who was performing at the Crafty Crab in Southside Plaza?”

Shakeman let me know triumphantly, “Yes This me Shakeman!”

My response “Word. I need to chop it up with you. I am a Contributor for Virginia Right a political blog out of Mechanicsville, Virginia. I cover entertainment. I would love to do peice on you and your music. Do you have a link to your music, your bio and photo?”

Next thing I knew……I had two links:To the tracks “Like a Rock Letter to my Brother”

Shakeman X Like A Rock Letter To My BrotherShakeman X Like A Rock Letter To My Brother

Like Warner Wolf used to say on Channel 7 Eyewitness News in New York while I was growing up, “Let’s go to the video tape!!!!”

Blood Brother Productions is responsible for this project. The back and forth forward and backward movements of the artist in the shot,  the distortion of the video feed as if the programming is being interrupted (Independence Day) and then flash of light in between the shot transitions was outstanding! I think my favorite part of this video is when Pezzy comes in from the left and Shakeman is on elevator mode from the basement into the shot (:58 seconds). After that….it joins the two like Wondertwins to continue the fluidity of the song. That was real dope. All of these visuals make me want to stay glued to my device to the end.

“Do Yo Thang”Shakeman “Do Yo Thang” (Official Video) By @ThisIsGraphik & @adaywitdyffShakeman “Do Yo Thang” (Official Video) By @ThisIsGraphik & @adaywitdyff

Do Yo Thang is a high energy video shot by @ThisIsGraphik and @adaywitdiff (on IG). A very different song however, I can see this young emcee can adapt to his environment. The yellowish-orange back light put me in the mood of the strip Club. The angles in which the visual was shot also keep my attention having me image what is next. The money shot is when Shakeman puts his head on the young ladies behind as if using the telephone and says “HELLO” with a mouth full of gold fronts. Classic shot!!

Now, I will have to say that Shakeman is not my type of artist. However his stage presence was off the rocker. Smooth, he was confident in himself. He held my attention even though he may not be my pick of Hip Hop.

Through continued text communication, Shakeman and I set up to chop it up (or “chat” for you non Hip Hoppers) at 5:00 p.m. on Saturday, August 28, 2021.

According to our phone interview Shakeman has been emceeing for four years. His Hype man Pezzy has been by his side. Off topic they way they were rocking together reminded me of Busta Rhymes and Spliff Star; very close and familiar. The older gentleman who put me in touch with Shakeman was his father. The family came in celebration of Shakeman’s Born Day. He is from Southside Richmond. He is not only a rapper he is looking into some other entrepreneurial ventures in the near future. He expressed that Hip Hop to him was a manner of taking care of his family. It was important because he wanted to take care of his mom and dad the same way they took care of him. He advised that if Hip Hop could not lead him to take great care of his family, then he would become uninterested in the art. The other thing he said he enjoyed was the communication from his fans saying that they love the material he creates.

If you are looking to see Shakeman and Pezzy rock the stage his next performance will be at the Virgo Bash on Saturday, September 4, 2021 at Phase 2 7225 Hull Street Road Chesterfield, Virginia 23235.

I am excited to keep my eyes on Shakeman to see his continued contribution to Hip Hop, family  and his community through his upcoming entrepreneurial venture. Respect due Shakeman.
Catch son on social media @Shakeman91 Instagram. Thank you PGF (Put God First Entertainment) for allowing Shakeman to interview with Virginia Right.

About Corey Fauconier

Corey “Sage” Fauconier is a native of Cambria Heights, Queens, New York who currently resides in Chesterfield County, Virginia. He is a graduate of Hampton University with a degree in Political Science (1994) and a Paralegal Studies Certificate (1996). Former Libertarian Candidate for Virginia State Senate (2017). First Black Communications Chair of the Libertarian Party (2016), Lobby Day Leader for the Virginia Citizens Defense League, second amendment supporter, volunteer with Generation Hip Hop VA and host of independent podcast Talks Over Drinks in Richmond, Virginia.

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