By Tyler Aleksandr Allen
It’s Friday night. You just showed that hectic week who's boss. Or not. Nevertheless, you’re feeling yourself. You may or may not be happy in one of the weird things called relationships. You’re just trying to pop out. Now all you need is a Friday night anthem to match that mysterious jungle juice of an attitude.
Sharaya J has everything that you could ask for in a Friday night anthem. The New Jersey bred hip hop choreographer-turned-rapper instantly snatches your attention, whether its her bright blue hair or the entrancing intro to her breakout song Banji. Her individuality, expressed through her appearance and work, is exactly what we never knew we needed. We get the real her, and she wants the same in return from her audience. “Be Authentic, Never Jeopardize Individuality,” her acronym for her reclaimed definition of Banji, basically sums up her message of just being yourself.
Sharaya is currently signed to the The Goldmine Inc., Missy Elliott’s label. Missy has struck gold with this signee even collaborated with her on the heavy bass induced Shut It Down. Just imagine listening to this with your friends before an eventful Friday night and hearing the chorus “When we come through you know we shut it down” dance on the infectious beat. You can’t tell me that this doesn’t make you feel like you’re the shit. You can hear Missy’s influences in some of her songs but Sharaya only uses her mentor as a spark from which she shoots off in her own direction.
If you’re in need of more than an a Friday night anthem, Sharaya J’s music videos will give you all the necessary choreo to shut it down wherever you go. Her videos full of color and intricate choreography allow us to experience her artistic expression as a dancer. Her voice, movements, and beats are so natural and come together into a perfect blend that makes you wonder how these elements weren't put together before. Her art takes the uptempo influences of Jersey club music and infuses it with a voice that is as melodic as it is forceful. Her song Takin’ It No More, a hip-hop ballad to a no good lover, is enough to help you get over anyone that wasn’t worth your time. She raps potent lines like “Sick of being a fool over you. There’s too many dudes I can pick and choose over you” that will have you ready to mingle on your Friday night on the town.
Listen to her Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/sharayaj
Like her on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/sharayajmusic