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Birth name  Chanelle Scott Calica
Labels  Independent
Years active  2004-present

Name  Chanelle Calica
Albums  Diamond in the Dirt
Role  Rapper
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Born  25 December 1983 (age 32) (1983-12-25)
Origin  Hackney, London, England
Occupation(s)  Rapper, songwriter, actress
Genres  Grime music, Hip hop music, Electro, UK garage
Associated acts  Ghetts, Azealia Banks, Alesha Dixon
Similar People  NoLay, Lady Sovereign, Ms Dynamite, Kano, Roya

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Chanelle Scott Calica (born 25 December 1983), better known by her stage name Shystie, is an English rapper-songwriter and actress. Her mother was born and raised in Barbados and her father born and raised in Grenada, making her heritage West-Indian. She grew up in Hackney, East London. Shystie started gaining fame in 2003 with her white label response to Dizzee Rascal's "I Luv U" and a tour with Basement Jaxx, The Streets and 50 Cent, which led to her being signed by major label Polydor. She is also the leading actress in the television series Dubplate Drama.


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Debut album - Diamond in the Dirt

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Shystie's debut album, Diamond in the Dirt was released in the UK only in 2004 by Polydor Records.

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Shystie's first single was "One Wish" which peaked on its first week on the UK Singles Chart at number 40, having no mainstream radio or music channels' support besides Channel U and MTV Base. The B-side was "One Wish Remix", featuring Kano and produced by Terror Danja. Her second single was "Make It Easy" and the B-side was "Juiced"; it charted at number 57. Shystie's debut album went on to sell 60,000 copies across the UK, the same year she was nominated for 'Best Newcomer' at the MOBO Awards.

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In 2005, Shystie featured in the computer game with her own character, Juiced, released worldwide in multiple formats. She also recorded an accompanying song and video entitled "Juiced", which was featured on the game's soundtrack and her album.

Dubplate Drama

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Dubplate Drama is a British television series that aired on Channel 4 between 11 November 2005 and 3 July 2009. The show was created by Luke Hyamms, Shystie and her manager. The premise of the series involved a group of young musicians, with the leading role played by Shystie, who was attempting to make it big by securing a record deal. Three series of the show were broadcast. The first series contained six fifteen-minute episodes, the second contained six thirty-minute episodes, and the third contained two feature-length specials of sixty minutes each. The show was described as "the world's first interactive drama series", as it allowed viewers to vote on the outcome of each episode. The first two series were released on DVD, with the third remaining unreleased. The show was notable for its well-known British talent, including roles played by Shystie, Noel Clarke, Adam Deacon, N-Dubz and Tim Westwood.


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In March 2006, Shystie had two songs, "One Wish" and "Womans World", featured in the film Kidulthood.


In June 2008, Shystie played the role of Lisa in the film Adulthood, the sequel to Kidulthood. She wrote the theme song "Arms Open Wide" which featured on the Adulthood soundtrack.


In September 2011, Shystie wrote the theme song for the feature film Sket along with writing four other songs which were used for the film.

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In March 2012, Shystie played the role of Toya in the short film illegal Activity, which premiered at the Bafta HQs.

Recent activity

In April and July 2011, Shystie released two mix tapes entitled You're Welcome and Blue Magic.

In September, Shystie modelled for UK designer Nasir Mazhar at the London Fashion Week and was featured in Vogue for her performance.

In March 2012, Shystie released a promo single and video for "Bad Gyal" and, in August, released her second promo single and video for "Feel It", both from her EP Pink Mist, which was produced by LzBeatz.

In February 2013, Shystie modelled and performed at London Fashion Week again, and was featured in Vogue for the second time. The next month Shystie and Azealia Banks went from being friends to enemies after Banks posted on Twitter that Shystie and Azealia's "Control It" video was "bogus" and "not Azealia". Shystie also dropped a diss track directed at Banks called "Doppelganger". The track replaced "Control It" as the third track on Pink Mist.

On 28 April 2013, Shystie released her EP independently through her in-house team Starwork Music, entitled Pink Mist via iTunes. It debuted at number 4 in the charts.

Between August and December that year, Shystie supported Kendrick Lamar on the European leg of his tour, and went on to perform in 15 other countries. She was scheduled to model at New York Fashion Week and domore acting in 2014.

Awards and nominations

  • MOBO Awards 2004 - Best Newcomer - nominated
  • Broadcasting Press Guild Awards 2006 - Best Television Series [Dubplate Drama] - nominated
  • OMA Awards 2012 - Best Female for 2011 - nominated
  • OMA Awards 2012 - Best Video for a Mixtape for 2011 - nominated
  • OMA Awards 2012 - Best Grime Mixtape for 2011 - nominated
  • References

    Shystie Wikipedia