Northeast Baltimore native Shordie Shordie latest album went platinum earlier this year. (Courtesy photo)

By Michelle Richardson
Special to the AFRO

There’s a lot of talent in Baltimore but it is usually overshadowed by the day-to-day violence in the city. Rarely do artists get coverage for their talent by local media so when the AFRO was presented with the opportunity to speak with Baltimore artist Shordie Shordie, we knew this would be a great way to showcase positivity in the city. 

Shordie Shordie, born and raised in Northeast Baltimore, first gained recognition on the music scene when he formed the rap group Peso Da Mafia with his brother and cousin in 2015.

The rap duo gained success with their hit song “Money Man,” due in part to the catchy dance that went along with the song.

“From high school I really didn’t know what I was going to do, so I started messing around with the music,” said Shordie Shordie. 

Shortly after, he began working on his solo music career and released his first mixtape, Captain Hook, in 2018 which included the hit record “B*tchuary” (Betchua). And that’s when things got real. 

“B*tchuary” went platinum on Jan. 21, making him the only Baltimore artist to do so. 

“I feel good but I’ve got a lot more work to do. That’s all I feel. It just feels heavier now, even though it was heavy then because I was getting radio play. It’s like super heavy now that I’m the only one, so I’ve got to come harder because I need three more,” Shordie Shordie said about going platinum. 

The song is such a huge hit that other artists have remixed the song. 

According to the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), an artist must sell or stream 1 million units to be certified platinum. 

In April 2020, Shordie Shordie released his second mixtape “>Music” (meant to be read as “more than music”).

“That was just to prove a point. To show the world music. I’m a musician. I actually make music. That’s all I’m going to make.”

Shordie Shordie’s music can be found on streaming services. To keep up with Shordie Shordie, follow him on Twitter @Shordie_Shordie and Instagram @ShordieShordie.