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Shonlock

Shonlock
Country:United States
Website:http://www.myspace.com/shonlock
Releases:[Nobility] [Magnanimous Limited Edition] [Magnanimous]
Info: Deshon Bullock is Shonlock from Chicago, Illinois started out as a "b-boy" in the midwest streets of Chicago. Although writing was always a passion, dancing was a major contributor to his reputation as “talented” during his high school years.

Aaliyah
His gift caught the attention of stage show producers, who after a brief audition asked Shon to assist in the choreography of R&B singer Aaliyah (R.I.P. 1979-2001).

Grits
After three months of working diligently with Aaliyah's team. Shon was blessed with yet another opportunity by invitation of Grits' (old) manager to work with the Nashville based hip hop crew. This took him into the christian music market.

Faith
Although Shonlock had a christian upbringing, he went to church, the MC was not focused on Christ. He says about this changing event in his life: "and being with Grits there was a guy named Knowdaverbs (I think we all know Verbs). Well he was very important in my turn around to rededicate my life to Christ. That is how I ended up getting saved you know really saved, was through his help. Now I was living it not just saying it."

Stage charisma
During this time with the Grits, Shon continued to develop his rhyme skills and a deeper understanding of the Christian faith. This sparked an overall blend of faith based music accompanied by Shon’s stage charisma.

On stage
Shonlock has appeared on stage with Nicole C. Mullen, Grits, the Katinas and he still extensively toured with TobyMac.

Highlights
Besides working with the likes of Aaliyah, Arrested Development and Kirk Franklin, Shonlock can be heard on the following albums:
Holy Hip Hop : Taking the Gospel to the Streets [compilation] (2004) on "Boogie Bounce".
Verbs - Unlocked (2003) on "Live To The Music".
DJ Maj - The Ringleader (2003) on "So Excited".
Zoegirl - Mix of life [remix album] (2002) on "You've Been Dismissed".

EP
He released the EP Magnanimous in 2002, which would be a pre-release for the album The Wait Is Over. The EP sold over 10.000 copies, but his debut album expected for December 2004 or early 2005 has not been released as of yet.

Word Records
Shonlock was signed to Word Records for 6 albums in 2006. Due to the lack of marketing skills of the Word Records organisation Shonlock broke off the arrangements in March 2007. The label had trouble marketing urban music, therefore his album was postponed and promotion was hampered.

Hard Pill
The MC states about this time: “When I signed with Word they said that they were willing to try certain things to break into hip hop. I believed them. But things changed after I signed the deal and anything outside of the CCM or the white side of the industry they weren’t interested in putting money in. That was a hard pill to swallow. I’m not calling anybody anything but if you’re a Christian label and you have an African American artist and you don’t want to market anything outside of the white market with respect to an art form that was made from African Americans then something is wrong.”

New label
On February 19th, 2009 Arrow Records announces they have signed the rapper Shonlock.

Albums
The rapper secured the rights to his album, which was to be released by Word Records as "Nobility" in 2007. He contemplated a digital album only, but on June 5th, 2007 Shonlock released a "promo pack", buying this pack means getting the "Magnanimous Limited Edition" and receiving the album "Nobility" for free.

New Project
Shonlock is working on a new album for Arrow Records to be released in 2010. Title to be announced.

Sources: Churchpunknews.com (first quote); Is Hip Hop Dead? Part II : Shonlock vs. Word Records / The Black Shakespeare Chronicles, Gospelcity.com (March 29th, 2007) ; MySpace blog, New Music Promo pack (June 5th, 2007) ; MySpace blog: Arrow Records Signs Shonlock!, February 19, 2009.

Release:Nobility
Nobility
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Media:[Audio CD]
Released:2007
Recordlabel:Indie (Independant Release)
Info:The album was supposed to be released by Word Records. The artist gave away the album for free with the purchase of the Magnanimous Limited Edition on June 5th, 2007.
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Release:Magnanimous Limited Edition
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Released:2007
Recordlabel:Indie (Independant Release)
Info:The album is released on June 5th, 2007.
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Release:Magnanimous
Magnanimous
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Released:2002
Recordlabel:Indie (Independant Release)
Info:1. Introducing / Magnanimous
2. Lock Down
3. Where R The Dancers
4. Pushin
5. Get Up!
6. Rok Tiki
7. RIDA
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