At the ripe age of twenty-one, this felysist (as she refers to a female lyricist) has been kicking butt in an industry full of men. So how does a young woman like Jessica Abraham achieve such accomplishments? Well, if you know Shorty, you would know exactly how much brain power, hard work, and hustling she had to do to get where she is at.
Finding her call in life at a very early age, she started to form groups in which she sang and danced. “None of us were really good. We were still in elementary school. Shoot, I can’t even sing! But, that didn’t matter I wanted to keep trying even when my group members didn’t show interest any more. I guess my dream kept getting bigger and bigger!”
As a elementary and junior high student, she always found a way to stay on the honor roll and indulge herself into the music industry. “Ha ha. I remember taping the Grammy Awards since 1996, and I can remember watching my first one when Tag Team performed. I was always like , ‘I’m gonna get one those one day.'”
However, it wasn’t until 1999 that Shorty met Lena, a girl from Brooklyn who could sing her ass off. “Me and Lena decided we needed to be a group with as much dedication to the music we both demonstrated. Working with Lena really taught me how to work with other artists and adapt to their techniques, as well as shaping them into the perfect mold. This is also the point of time when I decided I should focus more on rapping.”
Almost immediately after recording her first album, “The Sketches in a Notebook- The Demo,” she learned on her own, despite what others told her, that she really wasn’t meant to be a singer. In 2001, she found her niche.
With a few minor performances, she realized if she wanted to be a rapper, she had what is took. However, she had also fell in love with the actual production when she was eight. She would make beats by banging on waste baskets and glasses recording them into a little green radio and replaying the tape in a bigger stereo, creating layers. Later, her and her group members would sing over the tracks in the same fashion.
In 2001, she received her first computer where she would use “Windows Sound Recorder” to create the same effect. Later that year, she got her first DAM by Sonic Foundry, called Vegas Video, from her mentor, DL Hopson. He began to teach her basic techniques in which gave her that jump start into her production career.
Also this year, she learned how to make beats using a computer. She began to learn different techniques to build her own style. Her ultimate goal in life became to create a new genre of music.
As 2003 hit, it was Shorty’s senior year in high school. She had many tasks she had to do in order to make it out of high school. One of them was to create something. That was a vague and open ended project, but she decided to create a demo into the industry, which in turn, became an album.
This album was well planned out. Yet with many other tasks that kept her from achieving what she originally set out for, she only had a week to complete the actual project. Originally, she would have had months to complete this task. When the album came out, it featured her singing and rapping, and it sounded horrible.
In the process of planning and actually recording the album, she stumbled across a school in Orlando, FL that taught her what she felt she should know and helped fill in a lot of voids and common misconceptions about the industry. Before she left, she began to record Mydnyte Fyre, GT, and Klotz the Beat Machine getting more practice in for what was next to come.
As she arrived in Orlando and almost immediately meeting Blaise, the two began working together on many projects along with ODawg, Budtaz, U- Con, DEMO (from Two Opposites), and D-Mo (R.I.P.). Sphynx then came into the picture, and Shorty Produkshins was official. Much more recording brought about more practice and more equipment was purchased.
By the time Shorty Produkshins was actually registered in 2005, the whole studio was complete. She named it unofficially Shorty’s Playground in 2001 when it was merely just a computer and computer microphone. However, it was known to others as such in 2005. Eventually the studio was sold, and Shorty’s Playground took form of a company in which promotes and sales beats for commission for other labels and beat makers. Shorty Promotions is another company that LiL Shorty started in 2004, when she created a business idea, yet to be announced. However, in 2006 she expanded upon it and now brings you a new venue of promotion where the client actually makes money spending money… like the stock market.. What else is she currently up to?
Early 2006, also marked the end of Shorty’s Playground as a studio. It was sold in order to allow Shorty to focus more attention on other goals. Moving the label to the north in mid 2006, Shorty began expanding upon her achievements. Since then and leading up to mid 2007, Shorty has been involved in two movies. One is “Front Page.” It is a thriller written by Photographer, Michael Migliore (Also Shorty’s photographer and good friend.) In this movie she plays a gothic chick named Suzie who dies by the hands of her neighbor.
The second movie was part of a series of movies written by Ryan Cavalini, entitled “The Dead Body Man Chronicles,” in which she plays another character also named Suzi. This movie is more of a comedy that may compare to Scary Movie 1-4. In the movie, she plays an ex- porn star who resides in a mental home. Highly tense and extremely paranoid, Suzi saves the day. While her name isn’t Suzie like her alter egos, this brown-eyed Susan has also been modeling.
Putting her music career on hold for almost a year, Shorty P is ready to come back and bring it harder than ever. Throwing certain projects out the window, Shorty P is starting fresh. Don’t worry. You WILL still get old tracks exclusively from our site. “I am very superstitious. I think the album wasn’t meant to be, for the name or some other purpose. We had so many losses of hard drives, equipment and tracks, among other things. There is some reason I wasn’t supposed to put this last album out. So, I am just throwing the last album away and starting from scratch.”
That being said, Shorty P is still producing and making beats. She is also planning on rebuilding a new studio for Shorty Produkshins. However, Shorty’s Playground will now be known for Shorty P’s solo work. Look for this girl on further movies, magazines, web sites, and other mediums. “2007 is the comeback year- La Reconquista Norte!”