Shiest first graced the ears of hip hop listeners in the late 90’s, on recordings by DJ Crafty, and his East Coast Influence crew with Deck, Lee Fitz, and Theft. Then on a 4 track promotional demo cd “Hip Hop 101” which featured a solo track and collaboration with long time friend Suave. He has since opened and\or toured with many Canadian talents such as IRS, Concise, Classified, Snow, Rascalz, Spesh K and Kardinal Offishall amongst others.
Noel began his travels as a teenager, moving to South Carolina at 15 introducing him to a bigger hip hop culture. A stint in Halifax & Moncton opened his eyes to the talent on the eastcoast, where he met and worked with Cess, Classified, Boomer, J Bru, Spesh K , Mic Boyd, Y Rush, Quake and Dexter Doolittle to name a few. Noel then moved to Edmonton, where he still resides and has worked with J-Who, Bassheads, DJ Agility, Prosper, Politic Live, K–Riz, etc…
In late 08′ Shiest delivered a new track ironically called “Nuttin New” to Phil St. Aubin, which later appeared in the infamous Sum 08 over LRG sponsored Matt Heneghans section. From the new sharpened refined style of Shiest came a new buzz, and spawned a new path for Noel. After unsuccessful attempts to drop a debut record, including a part with Classy Criminal Records, Noels hip hop life came full circle. In early 09’ Shiest fittingly, returned to where it started at and teamed up with long time friend and producer DJ Crafty, of the ODC crew.
ODC Productions took on Shiest as their first artist and filmed a video for him in St. John’s, the first of its kind in the province. The “Nuttin New” video was premiered to the masses March 6th as Shiest rocked a set for a Classified pre-concert party. The buzz created was huge, feeding off that Shiest along with ODC Productions assembled the long awaited debut solo LP dubbed “They Call Me”.
On the production side, “They Call Me” features beats by mainly Suave, with credits to J-Bru, Hotbox, DJ Agility, Beatsmith & DNA. The album also has quality guest appearances on the microphone, with cameos from Canadian hip hop heavyweight Bishop Brigante from Toronto, Halifax MC Quake, and local long time rhyming partners Johnny Hardcore & Lee Fitz. Upon its release, “They Call Me” quickly flooded the streets of St. John’s, and has been making noise coast to coast, charting #2 for hip hop albums in Canadian universities, and #1 in Toronto. The online buzz for the video single “Nuttin New” has led to a 2010 ECMA nomination for “Rap / Hip-Hop Single Track Recording of the Year”.
In November, to cap off the year, Shiest followed up his debut release with a free for download online mixtape. The “Soul’d Out Mixtape”, features new and previously recorded tracks, with guest appearances from Classified, Spesh K, Mic Boyd, J-Who, and Matt Nokes, amongst others.
Approaching the midway point of 2010 and Noel hasn’t lost a step. Following the ECMA awards, a video for his second single “Church” was released to much praise for its high quality production. Having established himself amongst the elite from the East coast of Canada, Shiest is now making a lot of noise out west working with the most respected artists in Edmonton’s flourishing hip hop scene.
Shiest has been featured on Edmontons #1 hip hop radio show “Urban Hang Suite”, and has also found himself the recipient of sought after opening slots to some of hip hops biggest names, such as Slaughterhouse, Pharoahe Monch, Public Enemy and The Beatnuts.
In May, with the support of the organizers, a third and final video for Shiests’ debut release was shot at Edmonton’s annual Hip Hop in the Park event for “Props Pilin Up”. The videos release will coincide with the release of highly anticipated new material from Shiest with another instalment of the “Soul’d Out” anthology with Volume 2, featuring 15 brand new tracks.
With his sophomore album ” Trust The Process ” in the works, the buzz surrounding Shiest continues to grow, and the future appears promising. As far as Shiests ultimate goal, he states “I’d like to be able make a living off my music, maintain creative control, and release a solid project every year”.