Who is Kia Shine? Kia Shine is best known as a songwriter. He was born on October 17, 1980, in the United States.
How old is Kia Shine? Kia Shine Age is 39 years old.
How tall is Kia Shine? Kia Shine Height is 1.6m.
How much is Kia Shine net worth? Kia Shine Salary is Make Approximate $100,000 – $1 Million.
As the 2007 recipient of the Southern Entertainment Award for the Independent Artist of the Year, Memphis-based recording artist Kia Shine has proven beyond a doubt that he is a force to be reckoned with. Kia Shine is an important figure in the underground hip hop scene in the south. Now with its national debut on Universal Motown Records, titled Due Season, Kia Shine is finally coming to his rightful place in the hip-hop world.
Born in and raised in Memphis’ notorious Frazier neighborhood, Kia Shine witnessed firsthand the devastating effect that drugs and poverty had on his community. “When I think of Frazier, I think of New Jack City,” Kia says. “I remember there was no such thing as crack and I remember when it first came close and how it was affected. It looked like you were selling it or your parents using it. Fortunately, Kia Shine was able to resist the temptation of the cheap high and the quick money that crack offered to many ghetto youngsters. “I knew God had bigger plans with me. It just took me a little longer to realize that music was the thing he wanted me to do. ‘
While it may have taken him a while to find out that music was his true calling, it was always a big part of his life. He grew up listening to great soul artists such as David Ruffin, Willie Hutch and Womack & Womack and classic hip hop by pioneering artists such as Eric B & Rakim, Grand Master Flash & the Furious Five and Kurtis Blow. This music had a deep impression on him as a youth and would eventually form Kia Shine into the artist/producer he is today.
But before Kia Shine answered the call to become a rapper/producer, he first answered the call of the American business community, where he worked for the casino conglomerate Harris Entertainment. He did well with the company and eventually earned a promotion that would have taken him to the company’s headquarters in Las Vegas. But at that moment, the call for music was too loud to ignore.
In 1998, Kia Shine’s Little Brother L.I. wanted to release a record. Kia Shine invested his own money and threw himself into his brother’s project from start to finish. Later that year, the group dropped their album on a local label called Diamond Cut, which was distributed by Select-O-Hits via a deal struck by Kia Shine. Although the record wasn’t a big hit locally, it opened many doors for Kia Shine. As luck, a Universal Motown manager in town tried to sign a local artist and bumpinto the budding producer. Impressed by Kia Shine’s business knowledge and entrepreneurship, the executive urged him to come to New York and play him some music.
“At the time, I was working on [L.I.’s]’s third album,”” recalls Kia Shine. ‘So I went to New York to let him hear the music. He didn’t really like the music, but he loved one of the beats. I sold him that beat and came back and signed every hot producer I could find in town. I even bought some equipment and started making my own beats. “
Kia Shine also collaborated with another fast-growing entrepreneur Jack Frost and formed Rap Hustlers Entertainment. With buddy passes for Northwest Airlines, Kia Shine would fly to New York and sell beats to high-profile artists like Jersey Mone, Juvenile, 8 Ball and Ludacris. His work led to a production deal with Ruff Ryders and a publishing deal with Universal Music. He also returned to his independent roots in Memphis and signed some of the city’s greatest underground artists, including TVT artist Yo Gotti, La Chat, Kingpin Skinny Pimp, Criminal Mane and Gangster Blac. Through indie deals with Koch and several other joint ventures, Raphustlers managed to sell more than 200,000 units, making them one of Memphis’ most successful independent labels, but soon fell apart. ‘At some point my company went through difficult times,’ explains Kia Shine. ‘I lost a lot of money for different artists, but I never got paid for my work. A