When I first heard about Missy Elliott’s new protegé, Sharaya J, I had high expectations. After all, she comes highly recommended from the woman who brought us hits like “Sock It To Me”, “Lose Control”, and “Work It”. There’s something special about Missy’s music and everything she touches that puts her in a class all by herself. Not to mention her top-notch, wild, crazy and creative music videos. So when I first started watching the video clip of Sharaya’s debut single, “Banji”, I was let down….the skit in the beginning was a little corny and I thought, “Oh no, what the heck has Missy done?” But as soon as the beat dropped and Sharaya started delivering her nasal, rapid fire flow, I quickly changed my mind. Her tone and attitude is cocky and feels like that of a veteran artist. But then again when Missy Elliott is your mentor, we should probably expect nothing less. In case you don’t know, “Banji” stands for Be Authentic Never Jeopardize Individuality. I must say that with a blue close cropped afro, studded face paint and a feisty, sexy flow, Sharaya is definitely an individual.
Similar to Missy Elliott’s music videos, Sharaya J also gives us a sample of the song “Smash Up The Place” at the end of the song. Ironically, I was more interested in this track than “Banji”. After seeing the music video and hearing these 2 tracks I’m curious to hear the direction of Sharaya’s CD. I’d have to hear a couple more tracks to be sold on her, but I get the feeling she will deliver a solid album. I must say though, something about her gives me vibes of rapper Eve.
What do you think of “Banji” and Missy’s new artist Sharaya J? Could she be a one hit wonder or here to stay?