As I rode in the car with my cameraman on the way to Atlanta I started to prep myself for this interview. Naturally, I like to be over prepared when I’m talking with someone so I’m able to dive into an in-depth conversation with the person. As I’m gazing off into the distance my cameraman asks me to play some Shordie Shordie to get in the mood for the interview. I play “Bitchuary” first of course. Everyone in the car’s mood immediately changes, I ended up letting Shordie’s album ‘Captain Hook’ ride. As I was listening I stopped thinking and worrying about what I was going to say for the interview. For the fact that I had been listening to Shordie’s music non stop over the past couple of weeks so I felt as if I had already known him. When we pulled up to the studio and we received a warm welcome by his manager and his team, Shordie was finishing up recording a song. After a little while, the blossoming Baltimore standout sat down with me and reassured what I thought to be true while riding in the car. That Shordie was as real and relatable as his music is in person. Here’s what our conversation entailed below.
Where’d you get the name Shordie Shordie from?
Shordie Shordie: I got it from the hood. I always stayed with a pistol. That’s why they gave me the name Shordie Shordie with the 40.
What did you grow up listening to? I read that your favorites were Boosie and Wayne.
Shordie: I grew up to a lot of ratchet shit Boosie, Webbie, and Wayne. But I’m a big fan of cool mellow shit too. I’m a fan of Erykah Badu and Wiz Khalifa. That’s my nigga. That’s my guy. That’s my inspiration and I try to shout him out on everything. I’m a cool mellow guy. I really like music, I don’t what care genre it is. If it’s good, it’s good, you dig what I’m saying? That “Old Town Road” shit, it’s country, but it’s just good music.
Tell me about the Baltimore Rap scene and what it’s like to blow up from out of there?
Shordie: The Baltimore rap scene is a cool scene, ya feel me? It’s a lot of impatient artist in it, but it’s still a cool scene. I was able to be different and that allowed me to stand out. Everyone else wanted to be the same. I have my own flow, my own wave of how I do my ad-libs and how I make my music. I have real stories it’s not anything made up. It’s content that you can actually gravitate to.
Tell me about Peso de Mafia
Shordie: PDM! That’s the hood. Ten hundred the gang, Hoover the set. That’s me, that’s my people. It was a group and a phase that I needed to perfect.
Tell me about “Bitchuary”. It’s really going up right now. It kinda has a west coast bop, but you guys already have Baltimore club music and you guys have like a jig. So is it a combination of both?
Shordie: I think it’s the same culture but a different place. Being out there often, LA and Baltimore are not too different. Their trenches are the same as ours. It doesn’t seem too bad, but it’ll get worse. You make your own situation. Everyone tries to make their situation in Baltimore bad and that’s what it’ll come out to be. If you make your situation good, then it’ll come out good.
I went back into your discography and “Lonely” and “Stripper Love,” they sample really popular songs. What’s the creation process with melodies because you seem to be a big fan of R&B.
Shordie: It’s more like a shout out and me showing that I mess with your music. I’m 22 anything that I sample, I grew up with it. If it wasn’t, then it was before my time and I just liked the sample. I got a new song, “No Trust”, and it’s sampled after TLC I do it because I respect them. T Pain was the harmonizing king; his voice is amazing. I had to remix his songs. That’s how “Stripper Love” came to be. With “Lonely”, it was Akon and he inspired me. These are harmonizing kings and this is like me tipping my hat to them.
Captain Hook” came out in December. Why did you name it “Captain Hook” Did your fans gravitate to it how you expect or did it exceed your expectations?
Shordie: I make good music. I’m a patient artist. I haven’t always been patient, but throughout the time I’ve grown to be patient. I always knew my time was coming. I know people will be attracted to it. It just has to be heard by the right people. As it gets heard by the right people, it’s going to be passed along. I’m glad I have the fans that I got. Shoutout to them. I love them. My fans continue to pass my music along and I respect that shit a lot.
That’s how you know you can build a core fan base because people mess with your music. It’s not some flash in the pan or viral-type stuff. That’s respectable.
Tell me how you linked up with Cole Bennett for this video. I heard he was showing love toward and even reached out to you.
Shordie: That’s my guy, shout out to Cole Bennett. The first time I met him I was at a party with DJ Carnage. Carnage is my guy, he’s also from Maryland. I respect and love him, Carnage is like a big brother to me. I met Cole and I didn’t even know him it was him. I was smoking and I passed him the blunt and Carnage said something. I asked what was his name again. He said, “Cole,” and then I paused and said, “Cole Bennett? I fuck with you, bro.” I had to get a 1 on 1 with him and I told him I’m not a fan, I’m a patient artist and I’m going to meet you one day and give you your props to your face. I told Cole to look in his comments. Cole typed my name in and he was like, “Oh damn, Shordie Shordie.” Yea if I respect your grind, I’m going to like and comment on your content and material, but when I meet you, I’m going to holla at you. All that DM shit, I don’t really do that. I’m not that type of nigga. People are going to fuck with me because I keep it real. I’m not the type of nigga to be on some facade shit. It’s music at the end of the day, whatever you do after you leave the booth, is what you do. You got to think about what type of moves you want to make and when you get on stage what type of reaction you want to receive.
For people that are not hip, tell them why they should listen to you or be in tune with your movement and what you have coming up?
Shordie: I’m relatable. Everybody should be tuned to Shordie Shordie Facebook, Instagram, Twitter. It’s relatable from the beginning to the end, any album and mixtape. Anything I put out is going to be a story and it’s going to be relatable. I feel like everybody should be a part of something like that. I feel like there are not enough people out here making relatable music. They’re just making a lot of music that’s ride in the car type shit. I really don’t want to hear a regular rap. I want to hear a song. Some shit you actually took your time and perfected yourself.