Rapper ShiGGa Shay: Visual Questionnaire #6

Rapper ShiGGa Shay: Visual Questionnaire #6

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Text: Aravin Sandran

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ShiGGa Shay took the local hip-hop scene by storm in 2013 when he dropped his first single 'Limpeh' — a Hokkien slang that directly translates as 'your father' — which has since garnered over 850,000 views on Youtube to date. The man — whose real name is Pek Jin Shen — has gone from strength to strength, from performing at the National Day Parade in 2014 in front of the late Mr Lee Kuan Yew to bringing the roof down at the White House in the United States.

His songs are known for its heavy use of dialects (Hokkien and Cantonese), Singlish colloquialism, and even Malay and Tamil languages. Just take a listen to 'Tapau - From 3688', where Shay slays a typical drink order at a hawker centre into a head-bopping rap, or 'Lion City Kia', where he compresses the high-rolling life of a Singaporean rapper into a 4-minute, 10-second journey through heartlands and cultures.

Add to that wicked-sick lyricism, the man has some serious street cred, so it comes as no surprise that Shay will be headlining Casio G-Shock G-Fest, a street culture festival that'll be featuring some of the nation's best and brightest musicians and street artists. Shay will be performing in a hard-hitting line-up that includes post-hardcore band Caracal and graffiti artist ClogTwo.

Here, Shay breaks down the people, places, things and experiences that have made a mark on his explosive life and career so far.

Last YouTube video that made you laugh: 'Hip Hop Classics: Before They Were Stars' sketch on Saturday Night Live

Most played song on Spotify right now: 'Leave Me Alone' by Flipp Dinero

A film that makes you cry: Departures (2008)

Cover of the book that you would rescue in a fire: 'It's Not How Good You Are, It's How Good You Want To Be' by Paul Arden

Last meal you would have: Arnold's Fried Chicken

Most inspiring city you visited: Los Angeles

One thing you would bring to a desert island: Coconut water

Your guilty pleasure TV show: Empire

An artist/designer/musician who inspires you: Dr Dre

A signature characteristic you're known for or wish to be remembered by: Always on the mic

Your style icon: Pharrell Williams

Somewhere you wish you could perform: Madison Square Garden

Your proudest achievement so far: Performing at the National Day Parade in 2014 that the late Mr Lee Kuan Yew attended.

ShiGGa Shay will be headlining CASIO G-SHOCK G-FEST, which happens on 24 and 25 November at SCAPE Playspace.


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