Founder, Electric Circus
A content manager for Solange Knowles' Saint Heron website and the founder of Electric Circus, an artist development consultancy, Shabazz is a go-to for tapping into cutting-edge talent, such as Migos, iLoveMakonnen, OG Maco, Tink and Rae Sremmurd. Vogue spotlighted her in the magazine's "Brooklyn's Finest" feature last summer, and Eddie Stats, Editor in Chief of Questlove's Okayplayer.com, calls her "a key connector and gatekeeper within a certain young-gunna Black Arts renaissance happening in Brooklyn right now."
What lies beyond the gate? Shabazz foresees more surprise album releases, the continuing rise of streaming services and "more social media influencers and socialites turning into music artists." "People have figured out that it's about more than talent these days, [and] more about the brand," she explains, adding, "I have to say this doesn't excite me for what's to come, sonically." Overall, Shabazz says, "Everything will merge more than ever. Lifestyle will go hand in hand with music like we've never seen before."