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Master Shortie


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Let there be no mistake, Master Shortie – rapper, entrepreneur - samplemeister - indie/rap pioneer and musical trail-blazer - is a man who always gets what he wants.

This, after all, is a self-made 20-year-old artist who simply doesn’t play by anyone’s rules but his own. A man who has been recording raps off his own back and without any major label backing since he was 12 and is totally in charge of all of his own promotion, record releases, styling and marketing. As a result he’s become the poster boy of a DIY underground scene that represents everything that’s exciting and unique about UK music today, and all the while making the kind of vibrant, nail-you-to-the-groove 80s tinged electro-hop that puts him alongside Black Kids, Cool Kids and any other kind of kids that are redefining what 21st Century, post-industry music can be.

Born Theo Kerlin he moved South London. (with his mum and sister at the age of six), Shortie was already something of a music aficionado – his dad ran an East London jazz bar throughout his childhood and he grew up listening to everything from Prince to Aerosmith to Run DMC. After a short stint at the Brit School at the age of 14 (he soon dropped out, claiming “it wasn’t me, it didn’t suit me”), he started recording and producing his own adolescent hip-hop songs with producers and an underground reggae singer called Sparky.


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