Video: Shanell On MTV’s Mixtape Daily

May 17, 2010 by Danny M

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Young Money’s Shanell talks to MTV‘s Mixtape Daily in the video above about her “Shut Up N Listenmixtape. Also, check out SnL speaking about why she signed to Young Mula below:

“I been real nice with the pen game,” she added with a smile. “I was good when I started, and I got better and better and better.”

While on the road with her sister during Danity Kane’s tour in support of their debut LP, Shanell, who used to be a backup dancer, crossed paths with Ne-Yo. She was writing to a track, and he asked if he could use it for his album. The song turned out to be “Say It” from Ne-Yo’s Because of You. Ne-Yo eventually invited the singer — who went to a performing-arts high school — to be down with his camp as a songwriter.

“It was really a great learning experience,” she said. “Ne-Yo listens to all different types of music. I know he sat me down one time and was like, ‘That’s great, but try to say all that in three lines.’ I was like ‘a challenge.’ So my writing has been influenced a lot by him.”

Shanell said she decided to join Young Money because, whereas Ne-Yo’s attention was on her writing skills, Wayne saw her as a performer.

“Wayne was kinda like, ‘You do this. Keep your music for yourself. You have the talent, I see what you do. You can come over here with Young Money and do what you do over here,’ ” Shanell said. “Which was the best situation I can be in. My music is a little bit different. It’s not R&B, it’s not pop, it’s not rock, it’s not alternative. It’s a fusion of everything. A lot of labels don’t let you do that, but at Young Money, they let you do that.”

Wayne also gave her the freedom to take several minutes from the America Most Wanted tour to showcase her skills. She had a mini-set within Wayne’s set last summer.

“It was great,” she said. “I brought dancers in. I did a lot of staging and choreographing. I loved that he believed in me enough to do that.”

Shanell said her debut LP won’t be out until sometime next year, but she did just drop the mixtape Shut Up and Listen. If you have a physical copy of the disc and look inside, you’ll see a baby carriage filled with headphones and other musical items. That is a playful middle finger to the rumors that she was having Lil Wayne’s baby.

“I’m trying to take a negative thing and make a positive,” ‘Nell said, who added that she was never romantically involved with Wayne. “That’s another reason I put this mixtape out, because a lot of people haven’t heard what I do. It’s all these rumors flying, that’s all they hear. So it’s here, this mixtape is my baby, this is what I’ve been sitting in the studio every night working on. This is my baby. This is what I’ve been pregnant with for the past nine months. So we’re just trying to take a bad rumor and turn it into something positive.”

What did Weezy think of the rumors that he had knocked up his artist? “We never talked about it,” the singer insisted. “Nobody ever talks about the negative stuff. We’re too busy making records. We get on the stage and perform, we get in the studio, we’re on the radio every day.”

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2 Responses to “Video: Shanell On MTV’s Mixtape Daily”

  1. lovalle Says:

    Loved this! One of my favorite mixtapes of 2010



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