Infobox musical artist
Name = Shystie
Img_capt = Shystie Press Shot.
Background = solo_artist
Birth_name = Chanelle Scott Calica
Born = birth date and age|1982|12|25
Hackney, London, UK
Genre = Electro, Grime, Rap
Rapper, Song-writer, Actress
Years_active = 2000–present
Label = Polydor
URL = [http://www.shystie.com Shystie.com]
Chanelle Scott Calica (born
25 December 1982in Hackney, London), also known as Shystie, is a British female rapper-songwriter and actress. Her mother was born and raised in Barbadosand her father born and raised in Grenadamaking her heritage West-Indian. She grew up in Hackney, East London. [cite web
title = Top girls: part one
publisher = Guardian.co.uk
url = http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2003/sep/30/gender.libbybrooks1
accessdate = 2008-02-20 ] Shystie started gaining fame with her white label response to
Dizzee Rascal's "I Luv U" and a tour with Basement Jaxxand The Streetswhich led to her being scooped up by major label Polydor. She is also the leading actress in the television series " Dubplate Drama".
Debut album "Diamond in the Dirt"
Shystie's debut album, "
Diamond in the Dirt" was released in the UK Only in 2004 under record label Polydor, Universal. [ [http://www.cduniverse.com/search/xx/music/pid/6758911/a/Diamond+In+The+Dirt.htm Shystie Diamond In The Dirt CD United Kingdom ] ] The album sold 55,000 copies across the UK.fact|date=February 2008
Shystie's first single was "One Wish" which peaked on its first week on the UK Singles Chart at number 40, [http://www.polyhex.com/music/chartruns/chartruns.php polyhex.com UK Singles Chart runs] ] having no main stream radio or music channels support aside Channel U and
MTV Base. The B-Side was "One Wish Remix" featuring Kano and produced my Terror Danja.
Her second single was "Make It Easy" and the B-side was "Juiced"; it charted at the lowly position of 59 but regardless of this, Shystie was still nominated for 'Best Newcomer' at the
MOBO Awards. [cite web
title = Mobo Awards 2004: The nominees
publisher = BBC News
url = http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/entertainment/3595280.stm
accessdate = 2008-02-19 ]
In 2005 Shystie featured in the computer game, 'Juiced', released worldwide in multiple formats. [cite web
title = Missing in action: Where have all the talented female MCs gone?
publisher = The Independent
url = http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/music/features/missing-in-action-where-have-all-the-talented-female-mcs-gone-395464.html
accessdate = 2008-02-20 ] She also recorded a track and accompanying video entitled 'Juiced' which was featured on the games soundtrack and her album.
In 2005, Shystie started to front an Interactive TV Series called "Dubplate Drama", where she plays the leading role of 'Dionne', an aspiring female MC trying to make it in the music world but often facing a lot of trials and tribulations, meeting people that can help her along her way and people who will hold her back and it's up to the viewers to put themselves in her shoes and decide her fate.
The viewers could then decide the outcome of show given two options a or b and the most voted would be aired on TV the following week. Working on the idea for almost a year, in July 2005 they shot the pilot with a production company called 'Red Mullet' and the script was written by Luke Hyams. After showcasing the pilot to several terrestrial TV channels it was a success and they went on to receive full backing from Livity, Channel 4, MTV, MTV Base, PSP and 3Mobile to show the (6 part episode lasted 12 and half minutes each) on all these outlets and was aired on
11 November 2005, showing 17 times a week over a 6 week period and received 3.3million Viewers.
What sets this series apart from any other is the fact that "Dubplate Drama" is the world’s first viewer-led interactive drama [cite web
title = C4 plans interactive drama series
publisher = BBC News
url = http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/entertainment/4283094.stm
accessdate = 2008-02-19 ] , letting viewers decide what happens next by voting on the outcome of each episode's ending. The series regularly had a 10% share of the total TV audience beating both BBC1 and ITV in the same time slot. The sole heart of the series is the music, which featured cameo performances from the cream of the UK's scene including
Ms Dynamiteand So Solid Crew.
'Dubplate Drama' was also nominated for the Broadcasting Press Guild TV & Radio Awards in 2006.
In February 2007, Shystie started filming for the second season of "Dubplate Drama" where she continued the lead role of Dionne. The show was broadcast on Channel 4, E4, MTV, MTV Base, and myspace. The series featured old cast members and new and also many cameo appearances from well-known UK artists.
In June 2008, Shystie had a small cameo in the film Adulthood which went on to become a number 1 UK box office hit. Adulthood is the sequel to
Throughout late 2006 and early 2007 Shystie has been touring Europe, Sweden, Denmark, Germany, France all in means of promoting new cuts off her new album set for release mid 2008.
Diamond in the Dirt"
* [http://www.shystie.com/ Official website]
* [http://www.dubplatedrama.tv/ "Dubplate Drama"]
* [http://shystieonline.proboards57.com/index.cgi/ Temporary Forum]
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