Houston’s Anti Party series is a good time rolled into a showcase for the city’s underground rap community. The idea is to get the karaoke heads into the same space as the partiers who like beer pong one minute and playing Mario Kart the next. The night gets capped off with performances by some of the Bayou City’s most interesting new crop of MCs.
One such rhymer is OG Shyne who lives in Webster. It’s a bit out of the sphere of Houston’s hip-hop scene, but that doesn’t stop the 24-year-old rapper. “Most of my shows are going to be downtown in Houston," she says. "I don’t do a lot of shows out here [in Webster], there’s not a lot of venues on this side of town that cater to hip-hop."
Through her networking with other folks in the local music community, she’s been able to build her own brand as a rapper. She takes the OG in her name from gangster music and a famous Compton crew, but her actual name is Symia Shyne. She says her early inspiration to take up rhymes at 11 came from watching documentaries about NWA as a kid.
“I just liked their style and how they were the originators of a sound, I’ve always wanted to originate something," she says. Her music is colored by all types of influences, such as the slowed down grooves of Houston, which you can hear in one of her earlier songs, "Houston Funk." But she’s also on the trap music wave you hear coming from so many in Southern hip-hop. But surprisingly, Shyne’s true rap hero, she says, is the late A Tribe Called Quest member Phife Dawg whose lyrical dexterity can be heard in her music. "Phife Dawg is the base of me," she says, repeating it to get across how much love she really had for the late rapper. "I like Phife Dawg's rhyme scheme so much, he just stood out to me. His flow and his energy stood out to me, it was fun and it was genuine. I'll forever say that Phife Dawg is the base of my lyrical content, my rhyme scheme, because he is." As a queer woman, Shyne also doesn’t hold back who she is and talks about her sexuality in her music. “I would like to be one of those first female artists that sheds a light on that and opens a door for that,” she explains. “I can convey a message to everybody; talking about my sexuality in these songs is definitely on purpose."
Anti Party takes place Saturday, July 1. 1306 Nance St. More info at eventbrite.com.