Coming into the industry as a singer and a rapper, Shalyse wants to define her own lane. When she sings, her lyrics take you to a vulnerable place as she draws from real- life experiences as inspiration. And when she raps, her alter- ego, Playgirl Lysiee, comes alive with high energy beats and spicy lyrics. Shalyse strives to continue showcasing her versatility through her new music. Check out her new album, “Love is a Game,” now on all streaming platforms!
Thank you for taking this interview! How has the New Year been for you so far as an artist?
It’s honestly been great! I’ve been performing more and being asked to perform more often, networking like crazy and just elevating. The year has been a blessing so far. Can you tell us how you've transformed from the beginning to now as an artist?
I feel like now I really know who I am as an artist, so I’m super comfortable with the music I’m making. You know? I know it sounds good and it’s catchy and relatable. I think people have really been identifying with that when it comes to my recent music.
How did you come up with your latest project?
My latest project, “Love is a Game,” is streaming everywhere on all platforms! I came up with the album because honestly I’ve just been super unlucky in love. My ex and I had a really toxic relationship that seemed like it would never end and every guy I was meeting after him was no better. Either they were crazy or emotionally unavailable so I wasn’t getting what I wanted. Everything really just seemed like a game so when I was talking to one of my friends about my dating life, I was like “Girl I swear love is such a game,” and that’s how it all came together. I had songs recorded already, but the title really helped it all become a cohesive project. Where are you from originally?
Originally I’m from Queens, NY. My family moved from there to Gwinnett. Where do you live now?
I live in Atlanta(Buckhead). Do you think where you live impacts how your music is made?
Oh most definitely! I think I have styles that lend themselves to New York as well as down south which makes me versatile as an artist. I think this really shows when I make rap songs rather than when I sing. What was the inspiration to make music your career?
Well I started out acting when I was in third grade and then I started singing soon after. My mom really pushed me though. I always wanted to be an entertainer, but my mom put the pressure on me to make a decision when I was about 16 because I used to cheer as well. She told me, “Shalyse…either you cheer or you sing, but not both.” She wasn’t being mean, but both were expensive, so I chose music of course. That’s my passion and it always has been. How do you want to shape your career?
I just want to keep molding my own lane. I feel like I’m already in it, but I just want to keep expanding on that. Like, it’s ok to be a little different or do things differently as long as you’re confident in what you’re doing. That’s really what I want to promote through my career/music. Do you work on a tight timeline always or do you go with the flow when it comes to your music?
It’s a mix of both. I always believe you shouldn’t rush anything, but you don’t want to be too nonchalant because people will get bored and move on to the next artist. I have a general timeline when it comes to releases and I focus in more as they approach. How did your latest title of your music come to be?
I talked about this a little earlier, but I was just talking to a friend about how I felt love was a game…at least for me. I wasn’t necessarily playing games with love, but a lot of games were being played with me. The name just fit perfectly. Is it hard to let go of the music when it is done?
Before it’s done, yes. Once it’s done, no. Because I put so much work into the music and I really try to make sure that I’m giving quality out to my fans, it’s not hard to let go. I’m actually always anxious for people to hear new music so I always give a little sneak peeks. I want them to hear what I love doing. Do you feel an emotional attachment to your music?
I do! You know what they say… Artists are sensitive about their shit lol! I definitely live by that because I am sensitive about it. For a long time I used to wonder if people genuinely liked my music or if they were just saying that to be nice. Once strangers were telling me how good it was, I knew I was doing something right. But yeah I still am connected to my music so I care how people receive it. How would you describe your music in one word to someone who hasn't listened to it yet?
Exciting Where do they go to listen NOW?
The people can go listen anywhere! I’m on all streaming platforms. All they have to do is type in “Shalyse” and BOOM, I’m there! What has been the best fan reaction to your music?
I think the best fan reaction is when fans know my lyrics and sing them when I perform. I have a song called, “Get it Right,” that my fans adore and they sing it with me every time. No better feeling than that. Is there anything exciting coming up for you?
Coming up….I actually have a new project releasing this summer, but I’m still working on the exact date. It’s going to be a rap project entitled, “We Still Outside,” because we absolutely are! The ladies are going to love this one. Are you performing the song anywhere LIVE?
Yes. I perform every Monday at Gallery 992 for a show called Music Mondays. If you’re in Atlanta, definitely tap in.
Give us all your socials and links so fans can link up with you!
Instagram: @playgirllysiee_ (I’m working on getting a tiktok you guys lol) https://youtube.com/channel/UCom-MOP5Am47LvyaThVfC7A https://linktr.ee/lysiee_