Shaybo is a true yin and yang character. You’re getting ruthless lyricism with a highly personable delivery - direct and to the point bars, yet laugh out loud moments. She is the lyrically dexterous, hook-heavy Queen of the South. She should be ruling the country. Shaybo referenced the vigorous, story-telling show ‘Queen of the South’ in breakout 2019 songs ‘HB Freestyle’ and ‘Ya Dun Know’ – two uncompromising tracks that positioned her as one of the hardest UK rappers going. As she tells the crowd on ‘HB Freestyle’, she’s a “sexy bitch” member of the “gang gang”. Pour through Shaybo’s lyrics and you’ll get a snapshot of the personal history that’s lead her up to becoming who the queen she is today. There’s jail time, flashes of anger, fights, but there’s also the calm, level-headed balance that comes from growing through those moments and emerging on the other side. Shaybo’s background in social work informs her tunes too. On one level, her songs help with processing emotion – “Anger” is Shaybo talking about her own experiences – but they’re also intended as empowerment for others. “A lot of females are in my position – they’re expected to be lady-like, but there are a lot of girls who can’t control their anger,” she says. The UK has never seen an artist like her before, with this much raw and defiant versatility.