It’s easy to share the reality you see and experience. Chicago-born hip-hop star, Dion “Shorty Showbiz” Henderson is one of those special standout performers who connects with audiences in ways that make them listen, relate and want more of what he’s got. Shorty Showbiz’s new album MOMENTUM, set for release on September 2, is his latest example of bringing a realization of real life and the fun of party life to the hip-hop audience.
Each original track featured on MOMENTUM is a look at life in different ways with the same strength, honesty and determination. The title track on MOMENTUM was inspired by a NBA coach’s talk to his team during a playoff timeout huddle. That coach reached out into the heart and head of each member of that team, telling them they had a big mountain to overcome but with drive and momentum they could answer the challenge of being behind. This was the idea that not only gave birth to the title track but is the spirit behind the entire album MOMENTUM.
WHY ME lays out the storms of life that Shorty Showbiz was forced to face. The human being is looking for answers and explanation. The hip-hop performer gives the sound and emotion to the questions and confusion. WHY ME is the voice of the person asking for fairness for themselves and the people close to them. It’s an open door into Shorty Showbiz’s life of hard times, pain and being surrounding by violence through no legitimate cause or effect. The lesson of standing strong to keep living brings the lesson to a close.
Patrick Swayze tells how a name can do more than identify a person. It also identifies a style. It’s a style that dominates by standing up and standing out. Just like the actor’s character did in the classic film Dirty Dancing, Shorty Showbiz’s PATRICK SWAYZE celebrates not just the party life but also the personal feeling of stature and success. It’s a fun song that gives cause to show off what you have and what you can do with it all.
Shorty Showbiz’s new ten track album MOMENTUM also includes the original songs Over Here, A&T, Plan B, Armani, In & Out, Groovy and Paper Boy.
Dion “Shorty Showbiz” Henderson’s career started at 14 when he began creating his own flows after being motivated by videos he would find his uncle watching on BET. During his high school freshman year, he connected with his producer Luke. Their artistic creations combined with Shorty Showbiz’s style and flashiness caught the attention of Chicago entrepreneur Fred Coleman whose investment in and guidance of Henderson’s career took him quickly to the next level. Shorty Showbiz has toured with DMX (who also mentored him), opened for 50 Cent and EVE and has performed in artist showcases presented by Chicago’s 92.3 FM.
Henderson has been inspired in his music career by greats and legends including LL Cool J, Run Dmc, Erik B & Rakim and Jay-Z. Shorty Showbiz is blessed with an ultra-observant creativity. His flows can be inspired by the simplest sounds and sights around him just as easily as they’ve been born out of major events in his life. Moreover, his personal life has collided with a series of challenges that would break many other people. The father who split, having to be a dad for his little brother, the family in search of a home, surviving the daily dangers and temptations of the dark side of a city, dirty cops who swore to protect and serve but instead became law out of order and a mother who did so much having to face even more all have empowered the sounds heard and spirit felt in Henderson’s music.
The latest album MOMENTUM, scheduled for release on September 2, 2011 presents Shorty Showbiz’s mission in one album. No matter if it’s in the studio or on the stage, he wants to entertain with real life messages.