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Who is Shaboozey, the country star on Beyoncé’s ‘Cowboy Carter?’

todayMarch 29, 2024

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Shaboozey, photo by DANIEL PRAKOPCYK*

Beyoncé’s recently released album “Cowboy Carter” features an exciting collaboration with rising country artist Shaboozey on the tracks “Spaghetti” and “Sweet Honey Buckin’.” In the ever-evolving landscape of country music, Shaboozey is a new star on the rise, capturing the attention of not only Beyoncé but also countless fans with his unique blend of country, hip-hop, and trap. Shaboozey challenges traditional notions of the genre and paves the way for a more diverse and inclusive future in country music.

Born Collins Chibueze on May 9, 1995, in Northern Virginia, Shaboozey’s musical journey began at a young age. His Nigerian heritage and time spent in a Nigerian boarding school during his junior high years heavily influenced his sense of rhythm and eclectic taste in music, which spans classic rock, ’80s pop culture, Afro-beat, jazz, and hip-hop. Shaboozey’s love for literature, which started at 11 with writing poems, short stories, and music, laid the foundation for his lyrical prowess.

Shaboozey’s career took a significant leap in 2017 when his songs “Starfoxx” and “Robert Plant” caught the attention of Republic Records, leading to a record deal. His debut full-length album, “Lady Wrangler,” released in 2018, showcased his ability to seamlessly infuse rock with rap through captivating guitar solos and deep melodic vocals. The album’s cohesive collection of hit-worthy songs reflects Shaboozey’s steady rise to fame and his introspective musings on the people he’s brought along and those he’s left behind.

Shaboozey’s talents extend beyond his discography. He wrote and produced the song “Start a Riot” for the “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse” soundtrack, which has amassed nearly 50 million plays on Spotify. This achievement highlights his versatility as an artist and his ability to craft music that resonates with a wide audience.

Shaboozey’s latest single, “Vegas,” is a testament to his ongoing evolution as an artist. The track seamlessly blends reflective themes with his signature sound, showcasing his growth and maturity. “Vegas” is a powerful statement in the ever-changing landscape of country music, challenging listeners to expand their understanding of the genre and embrace new possibilities.

Shaboozey’s success is part of a larger movement of Black artists reclaiming their space in country music, a genre deep rooted in Black music traditions. Alongside artists like Brittney Spencer, Mickey Guyton, and the iconic Beyoncé, who recently announced her album “Cowboy Carter” featuring country-influenced songs, Shaboozey is helping to reshape the future of country music, making it more diverse and inclusive.

As Shaboozey continues to push the boundaries of country music with his innovative blend of genres, he is undoubtedly cementing his place as an artist to watch. His unique sound, compelling storytelling, and dedication to his craft make him a force to be reckoned with in the industry. With each new release, Shaboozey is not only carving his path but also contributing to the rich tapestry of country music, ensuring that the genre remains vibrant, relevant, and inclusive for generations to come.


Written by: Tarik Moody

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