Despite emo hip hop being widely considered a new phenomenon, emo music dates back 30 plus years ago. Emo rap comes from the “traditional” tones found in modern mainstream hip hop in favor of more emotional and personal lyrical content. Emo lyrics tend to focus on topics such as depression, loneliness, anxiety, drug abuse, suicide, heartbreak, and self-medication. The genre is characterized by its combination of musical elements commonly found in conscious hiphop with indie rock or sad piano instrumentals.
Shay Bxxgie (Shamus Goss Jr.) is one of these emerging emo Recording Artist. The North Atlanta native gives us a brief preview on what to expect on his first studio album “Emo Clarity” Dropping on his birthday February 12,2020. “I Was going through a really dark time in my life and was stuck in between knowing and losing myself.” My music has always been authentic, and I don’t like to talk about things I don’t have or believe in.” States Bxxgie. On his new song “In My Head” he speaks about feeling empty and fighting for closure in his mind.”Mental health is something I take very serious because there’s a lot of good people that we lose to suicide and drug abuse because they’re lost trying to find a way to kill the pain.” States Shay.
With this project, Shay Bxxgie hopes to be able to help people through hard times and stand up for the emo culture.”Emo rap is just one of those things that was never “cool” to do. Drake paved a way for artists like me and those who I listen to on the regular. Emo is like life’s lost and found. The culture is created from people who are judged and “don’t fit in” society aka the rebels or misfits.” Shay States.
As he proudly stands up for the emo rap culture with his versatile style; preeminent lime green hair, and blacked out fingernails. It’s also imperative to him that he supports mental health awareness because of his continued battle with PTSD and depression. Shay Bxxgie is projected by many to be a face that’s not only known for his astonishing music but also for his willingness to give back and help the world become a better place.