PORTLAND, Maine– Somali-American rap artist and poet Munye Mohamed, better referred to as Shine, remembers rattling around the city, with his high school cronies, in a run-down Hyundai Elantra.
They ‘d have great times, comprising rhymes, tape-recording them on their phones as they drove.
“Due to the fact that we didn’t have a studio,” Shine said.
Shine’s life and profession are on the rise however he’s likewise had his share of battles. Born in war-torn Somalia, he grew up in a gritty public real estate job. Shine discovered success with poetry in high school however then ran afoul of the law as a young man. His legal troubles behind him now, the daddy of 3 is concentrated on showing his kids, along with his community, that dreams are worth chasing.
“I wish to get the word out that they’re worth more than cash,”Shine said.” And it’s not really about fame.”Shine concerned the United States when he was 5. By the time he was 10, his family had settled in Portland’s impoverished and densely-packed Riverton Park. Shine stated he has fond memories of playing basketball with his friends on the asphalt court at the bottom of the hill.
At Portland High School, he discovered poetry and a love for composing. It brought him prestige and friends. It’s also how he got his label.
“People began calling me Moon the Poet,”Shine stated.”
Poetry is the very same feeling as rap. It’s expressing.”Moon, brief for Munye, became Moon Shine,
trio collaborate on music together and jokingly style themselves after Somali pirates. Credit: Troy R. Bennett/ BDN In 2011, he contended in the state’s Poetry Out Loud competition. Besting thousands, he made it to the local finals. A couple of months later on, nevertheless, he was apprehended for burglarizing cars and trucks in a movie theater car park. It was just the start. Over the next few years he had other misdemeanor scrapes with the law for theft and drugs.
Out of trouble since 2019, Shine said those days are behind him now. He draws lyrical and motivational inspiration from his time in trouble.
“A lot of individuals will evaluate you on your past,” he said. “But your history can make you a better individual.”
Shine began his indie music career in 2015, releasing a trippy, spoken word piece on YouTube called “Pray for Me.”
Recorded totally in Riverton Park, it starts with: “Never ever let your mistakes destroy your future however look towards the future with your errors to see what you have discovered.”
After that very first track, Shine launched almost a dozen more over the next five years, acquiring hundreds of thousands of views, and nearly 10,000 followers, on YouTube.
However this month, he got back at hotter.
Launched on April 1, his most current track “Goals” snagged shoutouts on Instagram from established hip-hop stars Fat Joe, Jadakiss and Lil Reese.
Five days later on, the tune struck a million views. By today, it amounted to just under 1.5 million. The track’s lyrics continue with Shine’s favorable styles of looking ahead and striving for a better future.
“When you’re down sensation low, I simply want you to understand that the majority of people’s lives aren’t as fantastic as they reveal,” he raps. “So, when you’re down sensation hopeless, understand that nobody’s best.”
The “Goals” video was recorded last November in New york city. Shine sank thousands of dollars of his own cash into the task, employing a professional director while renting a fleet of high-end automobiles, including a white Rolls Royce.
Youth pal and fellow hip-hop musician Tanade Muse isn’t shocked by Shine’s success.
“He’s constantly been a dedicated poet. It was simply a matter of time prior to he exploded,” stated Muse, better known as Fetty 2-Times.
Fetty said he enjoys seeing someone from Riverton Park get a taste of success. It provides him hope and suspects it does the exact same for others.
“We’re all simply neighborhood felines,” he stated. “He works so hard– this is simply the start. He’s going to make it out of the hood.”
Portland folk singer Jenny Van West first met Shine at an open mic she hosted a couple of years back at Mayo Street Arts. Van West became a fan right away, even before he was making slick video.
“He can make great recordings and videos, obviously,” she said, “but it’s his words that get straight into my heart.”
In spite of his soaring success online, Shine said he’s keeping his day task in a laboratory, for now, and focusing on getting his first full-length album out by fall. In the future, he intends to keep doing his kids, and his neighborhood, proud.
“I want individuals, specifically my neighborhood, to understand anything is possible– anything you put your mind to,” Shine said. “Never ever let anyone tell you who you can, or can’t, be.”