International Artist, Tha HotShot Serves some Island Flavor
Raised on the beautiful, yet small island of St. Maarten, Shane “Tha HotShot” Kelly became influenced by Hip-Hop music at a young age. Having always been known as the quiet child, he proved his ability to openly broadcast his opinions by dedicating his time to writing a few rhymes every day after coming home from school, as a way to release his tension and thoughts about a variety of topics.
Rapidly, HotShot started to become increasingly involved with his music and delivering messages in a positive way. Not only did this up and coming rapper develop a new form of confidence, but he made it very clear that he would work his hardest to achieve his dream. “I’m one of the most confident and determined people that you’ll ever meet.”
Shane says. “I use the positive aspects of my life as motivation to get what I want and need, in order to succeed in the things that I want to accomplish in life.”
Shane also discovered a new tool for motivation, following the untimely death of his childhood friend, Gerald “Young G” James, who used to chant raps with him as a child. Knowing how much Gerald supported him, Tha HotShot continued to push harder for his dream, and used his friends passing as a source of encouragement to make him, and many other loved ones proud. He made it his goal to create powerful lyrics that have the ability to encourage an audience regardless of their age, race or gender.
In March of 2015, he opened the calendar year by adding another accomplishment to his name, as he became one of only a few artists from St. Maarten to have his music video featured on the well known Hip-Hop website “WorldStarHipHop.com.” The music video for his single “Out With A Bang,” which comes off his “Anticipation For Greatness” mixtape was premiered on the website.
Quickly following the premier, his “Tropical Limelight” single charted at #59 on the “Urban Charts” of ChartBase in Denmark. The Chart is based on several international urban charts and the biggest mainstream urban-hits in the world. He stepped into the history books for his home island of St. Maarten yet again, when he was booked as an Opening Performer for Lil Wayne, Rich Homie Quan, Lil Dicky and K. Camp, at The “Dope Music Festival” in Everett, Washington on December 18th, 2015. D.Y. Entertainment Independent Record Label & Management established a settlement with a Booking Agency based in New York, which gave Tha HotShot the opportunity to open for his first show in the USA, and will also provide more shows both regional and internationally.
From his admirable attitude and perspective on music to his compelling lyrics, it’s safe to say Tha HotShot is an artist we all need to look out for!
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