Hailing from Chicago, Shawnna, is the first female artist signed to Ludacris' Disturbing Tha Peace Records. A former member of the hip-hop duo Infamous Syndicate, Shawnna, daughter of legendary Blues guitarist, Buddy Guy, is known for her rapid fire delivery. Her debut album Worth Tha Weight was well received by critics, and spawned the hit single "Shake That Sh**." Shawnna is back on the scene with Block Music, scheduled for release June 27, 2006, which is propelled by the anthematic 'Gettin' Some,' which has been climbing the urban Billboard charts steadily. This new album Block Music features guest appearances from Ludacris, Too Short, Lil Wayne and the Disturbing Tha Peace Family including: Bobby V-Tino, Smoke of Field Mob and I-20.
Shawnna, daughter of the inimitable blues legend Buddy Guy, is meant to be huge; base that on tracks like "Damn"--as fine an ode to bootyliciousness as listeners far removed from the block will ever trip across--and the puff-chested, big-banging title track. But early boosts from BET aside (the kind that may be inevitable when DTP, Pharrell, Ludacris, Lil Wayne, Too Short, 8 Ball, Bobby Valentino, and world-class daddy Guy line up as insurance against a sophomore slump) Shawnna still feels like a best-kept secret--a hard-nosed, downhome chip off her old block. Late-disc surprises such as "Can't Break Me" and "In the Chi" trade in the grit for go-deep truth-telling, and they're bolstered by production that feels snap-tight in some places and billowy in others. Fourteen tracks in, the effect is somehow intimate, as if only block-centric types should be allowed a listen, but through skill alone, Shawnna's made room on the stoop for the whole world. --Tammy La Gorce