Many people pursue music as a career for fame, lavish lifestyle, and glory. Such is not the case for Sha Vlimpse, an up-and-coming hip-hop artist who uses his music and platform to spread positive vibes and bring awareness to prevalent mental health issues.
A unique rapper and lyricist, Sha allows his art in the form of music to imitate life. He uses his passion for music to spread a message of hope for those who are trying to traverse through life’s difficulties or struggle to pursue their passions and dreams. He hopes that his story would inspire many others to chase after what means the most to us.
At an early age, Sha Vlimpse knew he wanted to become a rap artist. But growing up in a traditional Islamic background proved to be too much of a burden. He gave up on his dream and went down a different path by going to college. All that changed when his mother passed away. From that point, Vlimpse hit the lowest lows of his life losing a loved one. With nothing else to turn to, he lost himself in his music. He wrote a song that would express the flurry of emotions that he tried to make sense of. The song would turn into a music video, which went viral.
Soon after his music started gaining the masses’ attention, Sha Vlimpse got invited to appear on the local news. Seeing the positive impact that Sha’s music had on others, his father gave Sha his blessing to pursue his music. That became one of the most significant turning points in Vlimpse’s life. From then on, he never looked back.
Today, Sha Vlimpse is making a name for himself in the rap scene, most notably online. His YouTube channel has blown up. Since launching his music channel on the video streaming platform in 2016, he has amassed over 400,600 views and 15,000 loyal subscribers.
His success, however, came into collision with the global COVID-19 pandemic, which shut down all shows and drove people into their homes. At the peak of lockdowns, Sha Vlimpse would fall into depression. Yet, once again, in his pain, he would turn to songwriting. He picked up the inspiration for his latest album Happy Place, a collection that seeks to inspire those who struggle with mental health issues and depression to look to happier days even in these challenging times.
Vlimpse’s latest album, Happy Place, delivers seven songs like “Motherless Child,” “LMMD,” “Rapunzel,” “Happy Place,” “America,” “Rapper Vs. Radio,” and “Lowest Lows.” The album goes under Sha’s independent label, IUTBAR Records.
The album’s signature track, “Happy Place,” recently came out with a music video that features the extravagant Cirque Italia. Unfortunately the show has struggled with an uncertain future since COVID-19 brought cancelations to all their upcoming events. By promoting the show through his music video, he determined to keep the cirque alive while also spreading a positive message of inspiration and positivity to those who need it most.