SHELEM RAPPER OF THE MONTH
Beckley, WV native Shelem is a 25-year-old hip-hop artist known for his hands-on approach to engaging his audience.
RAPPER OF THE MONTH
Beckley, WV native Shelem is a 25-year-old hip-hop artist known for his hands-on approach to engaging his audience. Born in Silver Spring, MD to parents from the Ivory Coast in West Africa, he began producing, writing, and recording his own songs at age 14. While continuing to develop his craft as a musician, he attended Marshall University in Huntington, WV to pursue a degree in Civil Engineering. He graduated from Marshall University in spring 2018 and moved to Charleston, WV to begin his engineering career as he developed a plan to launch his music career. With innovative flair, Shelem has a knack for bringing his art to life. He has connected with fans as the “Delivery Man,” wrote a song using their words, and held an online game of bingo. His primary focus has always been to bring levity into the lives of people in as many ways as possible. With the success of his 2021 summer single “Suga Wata,” Shelem has continued to expand his reach with a featured article on NPR Music’s Slingshot Series, an unforgettable video release, and performances throughout West Virginia and beyond.
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