Al Shux

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Al Shux
Also known as Shux
Origin West London, England,
Genres Soul,hip hop, electronica, R&B, pop
Occupation(s) Producer, songwriter, musician
Years active 1999–present
Associated acts Jay-Z, Alicia Keys, Lupe Fiasco, Plan B, Sway, Lana Del Rey, 2face Idibia, Elle Varner, I Blame Coco, Jamie Fox, Nas, Paloma Faith, Tinie Tempah

Al Shuckburgh – a.k.a. Shux – is a music producer and songwriter from London, England.

The Grammy Award winning Shux has worked with some of the most iconic artists in music today including Jay-Z, Alicia Keys, Snoop Dogg, Nas, Plan B, Tinie Tempah and Lana Del Rey.

West London-raised, Los Angeles-based Shux's unique talent helped catapult Jay-Z's Empire State of Mind to number one in the US charts for five straight weeks and makes him one of the hottest and most innovative young songwriter-producers in the music game today.[peacock term]


Shux started his production career by working with various London rappers such as Sway. Soon after Shux landed a gig as Lily Allen's musical director. While on a world tour with her, Shux befriended Chicago rapper Lupe Fiasco. Shux went on to co-write and produce the track, Hi-Definition (feat Snoop Dogg), which would be featured on Lupe's hit album, The Cool.[1]

Since 2007, Shux has written and produced for top artists across multiple genres including Tinie Tempah (Illusion, Simply Unstoppable), Nas (Roses), Paloma Faith (Freedom), Lana Del Rey (Young and Beautiful), (This Is What Makes Us Girls), Jay-Z (Empire State of Mind) and Alicia Keys (Empire State of Mind Part II).[2]

Shux’s producing and co-writing on Empire State of Mind earned him a 2011 Grammy in the Best Rap Song Award category.[3] The track was sent to Jay-Z by his friend and head of publishing at EMI, Big Jon (Platt), who first heard the track at a barbecue.[4]

Following his success with the song, created through collaboration over email,[5] Shux now splits his time between London and Los Angeles. In 2012, Shux scored the music for Plan B's critically acclaimed, gritty feature film, Ill Manors. Shux also co-wrote and produced seven tracks on the Plan B's Mercury Prize nominated album, ilL Manors, including the title track, which The Guardian hailed as "the greatest British protest song in years."[6]

Upcoming projects include songs written and produced for Erik Hassle, Katy B, Kwabs and Banks.


2face Idibia

  • Go Down There F/ Sway [Tuface Idibia, Derek Safo, Al Shux]*

Alicia Keys


  • Drowning [Jillian Banks, Al Shux]*

Elle Varner

I Blame Coco

  • Atlantis Found [Coco Sumner, Al Shux, Steve Kipner & Andrew Frampton]*
  • In Spirit Golden [Coco Sumner, Al Shux, Steve Kipner & Andrew Frampton]*
  • Party Bag [Coco Sumner, Al Shux, Steve Kipner & Andrew Frampton]
  • The Constant [Coco Sumner, Al Shux] [Foat & Boddy]*
  • I Blame Coco – Island 50 Compilation
  • 18 with a Bullet.( prod)

Jamie Foxx


  • Empire State of Mind F/ Alicia Keys [Shawn Carter, Alicia Keys, Angela Hunte, Janet Se'well, Al Shux, Sylvia Robinson, Bert Keyes]

Lana Del Rey

Leona Lewis

Lupe Fiasco

  • Hi-Definition F/ Snoop Dogg & Pooh Bear [Wasulu Jaco, Calvin Broadus, Jason Boyd, Al Shux]*


  • Roses F/ Nikki Flores [Nasir Jones,Nikki Flores, Redd Stylez, Dan Wilson, Al Shux]*

Paloma Faith

  • Freedom [Paloma Faith, Sam Dixon, Al Shux]*

Plan B

  • Ill Manors*
    • 01 ilL Manors [Al Shux & Plan B] [Vincent Von Schlippenbach, David Conen, Pierre Baigorry, Dmitri Sostakovich]
    • 02 I Am The Narrator [Plan B, Craig Merrin] [16bit & Eric Appapoulay]
    • 03 Drug Dealer F/ Takura [Al Shux & Plan B]
    • 04 Playing With Fire F/ Labrinth [Plan B, Labrinth]
    • 05 Deepest Shame [Al Shux, Plan B & Eric Appapoulay]
    • 06 Pity The Plight F/ John Cooper Clarke [John Cooper Clarke, Chris Haywood Brown, Al Shux & Plan B]
    • 07 Lost My Way [Al Shux & Plan B]
    • 08 The Runaway [Al Shux & Plan B]
    • 09 Great Date for a Murder [Cathal Joseph Smyth, Saul Milton, Plan B & Eric Appapoulay]
    • 10 Live Once F/ Kano [Kieron McIntosh, Plan B & & Eric Appapoulay]
    • 11 Falling Down [Richard Cassell, Tom Wright-‐Gloss, David McEwan, Plan B & Eric Appapoulay]
  • Ill Manors (Film Score)*
    • 01 Your Mother Was A Prostitute [Al Shux & Plan B]
    • 02 My Boy's A Mad Boy Y'Know [Amir Amour, Al Shux & Plan B]
    • 03 Michelle [Al Shux & Plan B]
    • 04 Bullet in His Head [Nick Ryan, Eric Appapoulay, Al Shux & Plan B]
    • 05 Did You Just Call Me A Cunt? [Al Shux & Plan B]
    • 06 See, It Didn't Kill Me, Did It? [Al Shux & Plan B]
    • 07 Pity The Plight [Score] [Cooper Clarke, Haywood Brown, Al Shux & Plan B]
    • 08 Hope in Hell [Al Shux & Plan B]
    • 09 Waiting for the Sun [Al Shux & Plan B]
    • 10 What's That? It's A Baby [Al Shux & Plan B]
    • 11 Rescue [Al Shux & Plan B]
    • 12 Pity The Fate [Score] [Haywood Browen, Al Shux & Plan B]
    • 13 Altered [Score] [Harry Escoj, Al Shux & Plan B]
    • 14 Ed Woz Ere [Al Shux & Plan B]
    • 15 I Have Always Loved You [Harry Escoj, Al Shux & Plan B]


  • Back For You [Derek Safo, Al Shux]*
  • Little Derek [Derek Safo, Al Shux]*
  • Products [Derek Safo, Al Shux]*
  • Saturday Night Hustle F/ Lemar [Derek Safo,Al Shux]
  • Sick World [Derek Safo, Al Shux]
  • StillOnMyOwn F/NateJames [Derek Safo, Al Shux]*

Tinie Tempah

  • Illusion [Patrick Okogwu, Luke Steele, Sam Frank, Al Shux & John Hill]*
  • Simply Unstoppable [Patrick Okogwu, Vanya Taylor, Al Shux]*

*Denotes writer and producer credit[1]

Awards & Nominations[edit]


  • Ivor Novello Awards
    • Nominated: Best Contemporary Song Ill Manors performed by Plan B
    • Nominated: Best Original Film Score Ill Manors performed by Plan B
  • Brit Awards
    • Nominated: MasterCard BriSsh Album of the Year Plan B -‐ Ill Manors


  • Mercury Music Prize
    • Nominated: Best Album -‐ Ill Manors
  • MOBO's
    • Won: Best Hip Hop/Grime: Plan B
  • 53rd Grammy Awards
    • Nominated: Record Of The Year -‐ Empire State of Mind
    • Won: Best Rap Song -‐ Empire State of Mind


    • Won: Song Of The Year -‐ Empire State of Mind
    • Won: Rap Song Of The Year -‐ Empire State of Mind
    • Nominated: Most Performed Songs Of The Year -‐ Empire State of Mind


Shux received a Grammy Award in February 2011 for producing and co-writing "Empire State of Mind", which won in the Best Rap Song category.[7][8] In July 2011, he signed a worldwide publishing deal with BMG Chrysalis UK.[9]

In 2012 Shux scored the music for Plan B's directorial debut feature film Ill Manors. He also co-wrote and produced the Plan B album Ill Manors, including the singles "Ill Manors", "Lost My Way" and "Deepest Shame".


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