Ladies & Gentlemen, It’s Sho-Time!

For hip hop heads in NYC, Sho-time TV is a household name. The brand, founded by Karine “Sho-time” Thornton, offers an array of services and content catering to the hip hop world and beyond. Born in the birthplace of hip hop. Thornton has helped solidify The Bronx as the ongoing mecca for hip hop, where the culture and traditions were born.

No stranger to the artistic realm, Sho-Time attended the High School of Art & Design, studying architecture and animation. It was there that the seed was planted for his passion to create music. While on that path, working with producers like Tron on the Beat, he also began to venture out into various other branches of the entertainment world at large. While successfully adding those experiences and roles to his resume, he needed to create a home for all the content he had been creating. Thus the birth of Sho-timeTV, a one stop shopping media outlet developed in 2010.

After working with countless labels, media outlets, and artists, Sho-time proceeded to create Sho-time Battle Rap League in 2015. Plucking some of the most elite talent and creating an epic roster of battle rap MC’s, Sho-time continued to elevate the genre of music, particularly the sub-culture of battle rap, which has its own unique set of talent and its own dedicated audience.
Sho-time has recently been verified across Facebook and Instagram, further demonstrating his stature within the community and his expertise within the hiphop community and the media world as a whole. Be sure to follow Sho-time on Facebook and Instragram to watch what’s next for this public figure who’s making waves in NYC and beyond.

If it’s not here, it’s not hot. This is what’s hot in hip hop!

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Let me hear you say, “Oooo Yeah!”

In addition to my role as a blogger for WHIHH, I’m also a singer, rapper, and songwriter. In fact, it’s through music that I first connected with my WHIHH family. The evolution of our relationship has become as vast as my evolution as an artist and human being. For that, I’m thankful! Hip hop is one of my true loves and it’s taken me

WHIHH Chief Blogger KFhox at Wix Lounge

some time to become comfortable integrating it into my personal sound. I’ve always been a huge fan and it’s how I came into the role of blogging about it. Actually doing it took some time as I had such a profound respect and reverence for hip hop that I wanted to ensure I was serving the music at the level I felt was necessary.

After moving to Nashville, I met my producer, Darin “D-Roc” James, and we had an instant connection in the studio. I wrote the first single that we dropped together within the first time ever hearing the music for the song. That single was “L-O-V-E,” which came out in June 2019 and the video was highlighted right here on What’s Hot In Hip Hop.

“Fresh to Death” by Kfhox

It was just one of those relationships that happened effortlessly and immediately. D-Roc has become my family since moving to TN and we’ve been building ever since.

We took advantage of the downtime  of the global pandemic and continuously worked on music and visuals all 2020. I’m thrilled to share my first single of the new year, “Fresh to Death!” If fashion was a song, this is IT! It’s an uptempo record with a catchy hook that will have you singing “Oooo yeah” long after the song has ended.

You can hear the song on all major streaming platforms now and also watch the official music video on my youtube channel by clicking here

“If it’s not here, it’s not hot. This is what’s hot in hip hop!” 

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Steeylone: How Will They Remember You?

Last week, I had a chance to sit down with Steelyone  (pronounced Steel-ee-own) via Instagram Live for a virtual interview. This isn’t the first time that What’s Hot In Hip Hop has connected with the hip hop artist and entrepreneur. Steelyone was featured as an Artist Spotlight back in October of 2017, and much of what he said then still resonates now- maybe even more so, “I’m a hip hop artist- that’s becoming even broader…from fashion, acting, endorsements, modeling, & reality shows.” This quote from Steel back in 2017 has only grown in truth and scope since then, who now adds label owner to his repertoire. His record label, Stainless Global, includes artists like long time co-creator, singer, & songwriter Kool Kidd Dreand more.

Ryde….A Traveling Love Story

When asked to introduce himself 3 years later for our interview last week, he added international artist to his resume and also father, which he considers his most important role. He feels like overall, he’s a creator, which sums up all the many hats he wears. He’s also the owner of MOC Studio located in New Rochelle, NY, which he has owned for 10 years now. He calls the studio “his safe place.”

We talked about his latest project released in August 2020, Ryde… A Traveling Love Story.” He explained that he was hesitant to release new music during the global pandemic, but that he felt like he wanted to give people a break from everything going on by giving them new music. He questioned if he was being selfish to not talk more about what’s been happening in the world, but also questioned whether or not he wanted to keep talking about what’s been going on since it’s felt exhausting. The other point of contention in dropping this project was the complete halting of touring, both nationally and internationally. At other times in the past, he would drop a project and then tour to help promote the music, push his brand, and connect with fans. He said that it was hard to release the new music and not be able to experience people digesting his music in the ways he had in the past. Ultimately, the project made its way into the world even without a tour. I think it’s safe to say that his fans are thankful to Steel for his musical contribution while trying to navigate through an unprecedented time. I mean this last year has been a crazy ryde– every ride needs its soundtrack.

Steelyone went on to talk about his experience in creating this project and the impact losing his best friend, Jus Nov (and for all intents and purposes, his brother), had on him. This was the first ever music project he had worked on since Jus passed in 2017. Jus was a huge part of Steelyone’s musical journey; they came out as a duo called Twin Towers almost 10 years ago and have been lifelong friends. Steelyone shared that Jus had the power to stretch his abilities as a writer and artist, challenging him to push further out of his comfort zone. He credits Jus ‘ presence for providing him with some level of stability and says that he felt unstable in the loss of his best friend. But as he said himself, “that’s the best time to grow.

Steelyone Photo credit: Kunga Choephel IG: @kungaaaaaaaa

He also went on to talk about his experience traveling, creating relationships on the road,  and integrating more females as the basis of his songs for this project. He talked about the fact that he’s been surrounded and raised by mainly women throughout his life and felt like that’s had such a big impact on him, especially his mother and his daughter.

We also chatted about collaborations for not only this project, but in general. He said “artists are like instruments,” and went on to say that two artists can be talking about the same thing, but give off a different feel. He considers himself a huge fan of music and credits his love of music for making him a great artist. He said that sometimes he doesn’t always want to be the artist because he enjoys being a fan.

We’d be remiss to not chat about loss during this time when so much of the world has lost someone or something, whether it’s been a family member, friend, job, etc. We talked about the recent loss of his father, whom he had reconnected with after many years, before his passing. In an instagram post from Steelyone’s page the day after his father died, he shared you know our relationship wasn’t ideal, but I remember every decision, every thought, every perspective I’ve ever had, he’s had something to do with it. I just remember wanting to be accepted by him more than anything in the world cause as a child he was everything to me. He couldn’t give me what he didn’t have himself and as a man and as a father, I can only see that now…now all I wish for is time.” The What’s Hot in Hip Hop Family and myself extend our deepest and most sincere condolences to Steelyone and his family during this time.

In the wake of all this loss, the importance of self care is critical. While he did credit music as being one of his forms of self care, he also noted that surrounding himself with people that he trusts and loves to hold a mirror to him sometimes has been important to him. He said that there are certain people in his life that were “born from a different womb, but are definitely like brothers and sisters.” He essentially said that surrounding himself with people that he never has to second-guess has given him peace of mind.

With that peace of mind closing out the year, now enters the vision of 2021 for Steelyone. He said that he’s finally accepting that he has a label. He admits that he hadn’t really accepted that, but just considered it working up until now. He’s putting more focus on his label artists, Kool Kidd Dre & Soleil. He noted that he wants to be a better business man musically, with more of a focus on sync, writing scripts for movies, and pushing his merch harder. He’s also working on “Ryde: Deluxe,” a limited edition vinyl edition of his latest project in the new year, which will include 4 additional songs. He’s also got a new documentary coming out directed by Kid Gianni called “Legacy,” which also happens to be one of his merch lines.

When asked what advice he would give a new up and coming hip hop artist, he said, “If you can survive the losses the wins are glorious.” He continued by saying “every loss comes with a lesson so you really have to put your 10,000 hours in. It’s such a journey.

Steelyone
Photo credit: Kunga Choephel IG: @kungaaaaaaaa

There were a lot of gems dropped into my one hour interview with Steelyone. You can catch my interview with Steelyone in its entirety on Instagram on my page now. If you’re already a fan of Steelyone, you’re familiar with his merch and his question, “How Will They Remember You?” Steelyone is surely leaving behind a legacy to be remembered in many ways. If you’re just getting to know Steelyone, be sure to follow him across social media and stay tuned for all his forthcoming projects.

“If it’s not here, it’s not hot. This is what’s hot in hip hop!” 

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