Born in Canada, but raised in Cali, communicating a message as an artist has always been a part of who Sho Baraka is. Introduced to Hip Hop at a young age, Sho Baraka grew to love its content and attitude. Living in Southern California during the height of Gangsta Rap presented its challenges to many youth, as well as Sho. In high school Sho Baraka and some friends from his neighborhood formed a rap group that began touring with major recording artists. But his life took a different turn after the rap group fizzled, and close friends were killed and others incarcerated due to the gang life they led. The message of Sho Baraka's life began to change.
Sho Baraka decided to heed his father's advice and apply to college, pursuing education instead of the streets. At the time, Christ was not a part of his life, but his older brother, his father, and a leader at his church, had always promoted education and having a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. Sho Baraka continued on to Tuskegee University, and it was there, that the seeds that they planted in him finally took root.
While in college, through the lives of some solid Christians on campus, the Lord rescued him and redeemed his heart. Sho Baraka's message changed from promoting himself and Hip Hop to promoting Christ, and now he wants the world to see the Lord at work in him. Our popular culture today elevates the lifestyles of rappers who promote ideas that only destroy our culture, but because of God's grace Sho Baraka has a different message: Turn My Life Up
What if the Programmed Culture could see the change Christ made in him and be transformed by God's Grace to impact lives and revolutionize our world? Not desiring fame or personal glory, Sho Baraka invites you to listen to his message and see how God can "Rebuild the Culture".
Sho Baraka is a member of 116 Clique with Lecrae, Trip Lee, Tedashi and others.
In 2009 Sho Baraka released a free mixtape download Barakology.
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|Turn My Life Up||2007||Reach Records|
|Lions & Liars||2010||Reach Records|
|Campfire||2013||Lions and Liars Music|