So when I first contacted Mr. John Chee aka “Shogunna” the year was 2011. That was two years ago so you know he’s been crazy busy. Not only has he been working hard on the new video he just dropped but he’s moved from the east to the west coast. Something I’ve been wanting to do since I was a little girl. Well, Shogunna finally reached out to me and has granted me with this honest and informative interview. Please check out his videos and spread the blog!
1. The first time I noticed you was on YouTube in a music video titled “About That Money” featuring Flowsik and Decipher. Can you explain how that collaboration came together and if you plan on a reuniting with them in the future?
About That Money! Decipher was the one who originally came up with the idea to do a joint collaboration between us three. The song was originally to another beat. My producer at that time, X-Facta reached out to Decipher to do a whole new song between us with the rapper on their roster, Reign Era doing the chorus, and in return he would shoot a video for our collaboration. That’s how About That Money came about. I will always work with Decipher, that’s my boy right there. If he ever needs anything from me I always got him. Flowsik too, he was the first one I ever worked with ever since I came home from my bid. He’s doing big things now and I’m very happy and proud of him!!
2. Who is your favorite male and female recording artist and who would you love to work with on an album?
Nas and Nicki Minaj! Must be a Queens thing. It would be an honor to work with those two.
3. I lived in Flushing, Queens from during the 1990’s, and I can tell you it was pretty tough living in that “gangsta era”. Can you tell me what it was like for you growing up there and why you moved to the west coast?
Growing up in that era was something else compared to the kids now. For me I was more involved with the graffiti crews during my earlier teen years. Later on my involvement with Asian gangs came into effect. I look back and say damn we were ruthless and wild back then with no fear, but in a way we had to carry ourselves like that. It was survival of the fittest and only the strong make it. I admit I made a lot of wrong decisions back then but I learned and grown from it. The reason why I moved to the west coast is because there are more outlets for me to further pursue my dream in music. Of course there are options in NYC but for me California had much more opportunities and it was time for me to expand my horizons. I also needed a fresh start in life and here I am.
4. Your latest video, 100 Bars, can you tell us a little about that video and what the title signifies?
100 Bars is just showing people that my skills haven’t gone anywhere. I still can spit line for line, bar for bar, punchline for punchline. I made this track and video to showcase that. I also did a video called Life, which will be in my mixtape RAW D.O.P.E (Diary Of a Poetic Entity). That video I wanted to touch on the subject of poverty and how it exists in America. No matter what you complain about there is somebody who has it worse then you.
5. One of the things I admire about you is that you seem to want to integrate and lead Asian people, not just your own Korean culture. Can you tell us what your hopes and aspirations are to admonish this segregation between the Chinese, Japanese, Korean, etc?
My hopes are not just between Asians but all people. For too long we as people been ignorant and hurting eachother over what?? Differences??? Differences in what?? Skin, Religion, etc. I just hope the platform of music can unify people.
Thank you Shogunna, we’ll be sure to look out for you! Good luck and God Bless!!!