"I'm the last of the 'tell the truth' rappers, and because of that, I'm gonna to part of the pages of Rap History, not everyone gets to be that." It's this air of supreme confidence, tempered by a surprisingly natural humility, which sets Shake Da Mayor apart from most contemporary hip-hop artists. "My inspiration comes from God and my father. I was blessed with the power to speak and control minds; that's a gift from God. My father taught me all my game, and how to maneuver in the world of men." Shake started rapping at the ripe old age of 12.