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Birth name Chanelle Scott Calica
Born (1983-12-25) 25 December 1983 (age 30)
Origin Hackney, London, England
Genres Grime, hip hop, electro, garage
Occupations Rapper, songwriter, actress
Years active 2004-present
Labels Independent
Associated acts Ghetts, Azealia Banks, Alesha Dixon

Chanelle Scott Calica (born 25 December 1983), better known by her stage name Shystie, is an English female rapper-songwriter and actress. Her mother was born and raised in Barbados and her father born and raised in Grenada making her heritage West-Indian. She grew up in Hackney, East London.[1] Shystie started gaining fame in 2003 with her white label response to Dizzee Rascal's "I Luv U"[1] and a tour with Basement Jaxx, The Streets and 50 Cent which led to her being scooped up by major label Polydor. She is also the leading actress in the television series Dubplate Drama.

Debut album - Diamond in the Dirt[edit]

Shystie's debut album, Diamond in the Dirt was released in the UK only in 2004 by Polydor.

Shystie's first single was "One Wish" which peaked on its first week on the UK Singles Chart at number 40,[2] having no main stream radio or music channels support aside Channel U and MTV Base. The B-Side was "One Wish Remix" featuring Kano and produced by Terror Danja. Her second single was "Make It Easy" and the B-side was "Juiced"; it charted at number 57[2] Shystie's debut album went on to sell 60,000 copies across the UK, the same year Shystie was nominated for 'Best Newcomer' at the MOBO Awards.[3]

In 2005 Shystie featured in the computer game with her own character, 'Juiced', released worldwide in multiple formats.[4] She also recorded a track and accompanying video entitled 'Juiced' which was featured on the games soundtrack and her album.

Dubplate Drama [Series 1/2/3][edit]

Dubplate Drama is a British television series that aired on Channel 4 between 11 November 2005 and 3 July 2009.[1] The show was created by Luke Hyamms, Shystie and her manager. The premise of the series involved a group of young musicians, leading role played by Shystie attempting to make it big by securing a record deal. Three series of the show were broadcast - the first series contained six fifteen-minute episodes, the second contained six thirty-minute episodes, and the third contained two feature-length specials of sixty minutes each. The show was described as "the world's first interactive drama series", as it allowed viewers to vote on the outcome of each episode.[2] The first two series of the show were released on DVD, with the third remaining unreleased. The show was notable for its well-known British talent, including roles played by Shystie, Noel Clarke, Adam Deacon, N-Dubz and Tim Westwood.


In March 2006, Shystie had two songs, 'One Wish' and 'Womans World' featured in the box office hit in feature film 'Kidulthood'.


In June 2008, Shystie played the role of 'Lisa' in the film Adulthood which went on to become a number 1 UK box office hit. Adulthood is the sequel to Kidulthood which she wrote the theme song 'Arms Open Wide' which featured on the Adulthood Soundtrack'.


In Sept 2011 Shystie wrote the theme song for the feature film 'Sket' along with writing four other songs which were used for the film.

illegal Activity[edit]

In March 2012, Shystie played the role of Toya in the short film illegal Activity which premiered at the Bafta HQs.

Synopsis: illegal activity is an action-packed drama set in a rough housing estate in London, yet nothing on the block is quite how it seems. We follow Winston a street level dealer and his crew for one day, witnessing the devastating effect their trade has on the block. Society is crumbling, families unravel and desperation causes internal conflict. The need to satisfy this addiction before it spirals out of control. Police are closing in and are determined to infiltrate the hierarchy in an attempt to put a stop to this Illegal Activity.

Recent Activity[edit]

In April and July 2011 Shystie released two mix tapes entitled, 'You're Welcome' and 'Blue Magic', in Sept Shystie modelled for UK designer Nasir Mazhar at London Fashion Week and was featured in Vogue for her performance, in Oct 2011 she wrote the theme song for UK feature film 'Sket' along with 4 other songs. In March 2012 Shystie released a promo single and video for "Bad Gyal" and in August released her 2nd promo single and video for "Feel It", both lifted off her EP entitled Pink Mist produced by her producer LzBeatz.

In April and Sept 2012, Shystie cat walked at New York Fashion Week for sunglasses designer StevieBoi. The fashion show was filmed and aired by VH1. Shystie also released two mixtapes, "Gold Dust Vol.1" and the follow up 16 track mixtape enttled Gold Dust Vol.2, which received mixtape of the week on Radio One and gained over 40,000 downloads to date.[citation needed]

In July, Azealia Banks took to twitter to announce that herself and Shystie had collaborated on a track called "Neptune" taken from Ms Banks debut Mixtape "Fantasea", the song has gained 126,324 plays since its first upload on Azealias sound cloud.[citation needed]

In August Shystie dropped a brand new track called "Control It" again for the second time featuring Azealia Banks which got its first airplay on 28 August on Radio 1xtra by Mista Jam. This track is taken from her new mixtape Gold Dust Vol.2 which was released on the 21st Sept 2012.[citation needed]

In February 2013 Shystie modelled and performed at London Fashion week and was featured on Vogue for the second time. March 2013, Shystie and Azealia Banks went from friends to enemies after Azealia posted on Twitter that Shystie and Azealia's "Control It" video was "bogus" and "not Azealia", Shystie also dropped a diss track directed at Banks called "Doppelganger". The track replaced "Control It" as the third track on Pink Mist.

On 28 April 2013, Shystie released her EP independently through her in house team 'Starwork Music' entitled 'PINK MIST' via iTunes which debuted at number 4 in the charts.

In August-December, Shystie supported Kendrick Lamar on his Europe leg of his tour and went on to perform in 15 other countries. She will again be modelling at New York Fashion Week and doing more acting for 2014. She is currently working on her new project.


List of film performances as an actor
Title Year Role Notes
Dubplate Drama 2005 Dionne Lead Role
Dubplate Drama 2007 Dionne Lead Role
Dubplate Drama 2009 Dionne Lead Role
Adulthood 2008 Lisa -
illegal Activity 2012 Toya -


Studio albums[edit]

Title Album details Peak chart positions


Diamond in the Dirt
Pink Mist [EP] 4


List of mixtapes
Title Album details
Grand Theft Audio
  • Released: 5 July 2005
  • Label: Dice Recordings
  • Formats: CD/DVD
  • 30 Tracks
The Treasure Chest
  • Released: February 2011
  • Label: Independent
  • Formats: Digital download
  • 20 Tracks
You're Welcome
  • Released: April 2011
  • Label: Independent
  • Formats: Digital download
  • 15 Tracks
Blue Magic
  • Released: July 2011
  • Label: Independent
  • Formats: Digital download
  • 10 Tracks
Gold Dust
  • Released: April 2012
  • Label: Independent
  • Formats: Digital download
  • 16 Tracks
Gold Dust - Vol.2
  • Released: 21 September 2012
  • Label: Independent
  • Formats: Digital download
  • 15 Tracks
Pnk Mist


Year Song UK Singles Chart[5] Album
2004 "One Wish" 40 Diamond in the Dirt
2004 "Make It Easy" 57

Promotional Singles[edit]

Song Year Artist(s) Label
"I Luv U" 12" 2003 Shystie 679 Recordings
"Shystie vs The Streets" 12" 2003 Shystie 679 Recordings
"The Battle" 12" 2003 Shystie vs Lady Sovereign Medasyn
"Step Bac" 12" 2004 Shystie Polydor
"Nu Style" 12" 2008 Shystie Rat Records
"Pull it" 12" 2009 Shystie Not On A Label
"Bad Gyal" 2012 Shystie Starwork Music
"Feel It" 2012 Shystie Starwork Music
"Control It" 2012 Shystie ft Azealia Banks Not On A Label
"Scumbag" 2013 Shystie Not On A Label

Singles as featured artist[edit]

Single Year Peak chart positions Album
(Estelle Feat: Beverley Knight, Ms Dynamite, Terri Walker, Shystie and Dion)
2010  — Non-album single
"Kick You Out"
(Ms Dynamite Feat: Baby Blue, No Lay, Shystie)
2010  — Non-album single
"Lipstick (Remix)"
(Alesha Dixon Feat: Shystie)
2010 14 Single
(Azealia Banks Feat: Shystie)
2012  — Fantasea
"—" denotes single that did not chart or was not released

Soundtrack appearances[edit]

Song Year Artist(s) Movie / Television Series
"Hold It Down" 2006 Fireworkz ft Shystie Dubplate Drama Vol.1
"Make It Easy Remix" 2006 Shystie ft J2K & Crazy Titch Dubplate Drama Vol.1
"One Wish" 2006 Shystie Dubplate Drama Vol.1
"One Wish (Remix)" 2006 Shystie ft Kano, Bruza & Ron 'E' Redz Dubplate Drama Vol.1
"Street Slang" 2006 Shystie ft Ron 'E' Redz Dubplate Drama Vol.1
"Rain" 2006 Shystie Dubplate Drama Vol.1
"House Of Cards" 2006 Shystie Dubplate Drama Vol.1
"Invisible Artist" 2007 Shystie Dubplate Drama Vol.2
"Unborn Child" 2007 Shystie Dubplate Drama Vol.2
"Womans World" 2006 Shystie Kidulthood
"One Wish" 2006 Shystie Kidulthood
"Arms Open Wide" 2008 Shystie Adulthood
"Arms House" 2011 Shystie Sket
"Headbanger" 2011 Shystie Sket
"Takeover" 2011 Shystie Sket
"Life" 2012 Shystie illegal Activity

Music videos[edit]

Year Artist Song
2004 Shystie "Step Back"
"One Wish"
"Make It Easy"
2005 "Juiced"
2007 "Gutter"
2008 "New Style"
2011 "Ima Boss"
Shystie, Ghetts, Nolay "Sket"
Shystie "We Be Rollin'"
2012 "My World"
"What They Talking About?"
"Underground Queen"
"House Party"
"Bad Gyal"
"Feel It"
"Niggas In Paris"
"Step Off"
"Gold Gang"
2013 Shystie, Azealia Banks "Control It"
2013 Shystie "Scumbag"

Featured Music videos[edit]

Year Artist Song
2005 Alpha & Omega ft Shystie "Haze"
2005 P Jam ft Shystie Narstie, L.Man, Solo & Demon "Spun A Web"
2005 Fireworkz ft J2K, Shystie, Goodz, L-Man, Narstie, Hypa & Marcie "Hold It Down"
2006 Don Diablo ft Shystie "I Need To Know"
2010 Nazir Mazhar ft Shystie "SHOWStudio"
2011 Fireworkz ft Bounty Killer, Ghetts, Shystie, Trilla & English Frank "Limb By Limb"
2012 Motive ft Shystie "Whipped"
2012 Vince Kidd ft Shystie, Scorcher and Exo "Sick Love"

Awards and nominations[edit]

MOBO Awards 2004 - Best Newcomer - NOMINATED
Broadcasting Press Guild Awards 2006 - Best Television Series [Dubplate Drama] -NOMINATED
OMA Awards 2012 - Best Female for 2011 - NOMINATED
OMA Awards 2012 - Best Video for a mixtape for 2011 - NOMINATED
OMA Awards 2012 - Best Grime Mixtape for 2011 - NOMINATED


  1. ^ a b Brooks, Libby (2003-09-30). "Top girls: part one". London: Retrieved 2008-02-20. 
  2. ^ a b UK Singles Chart runs
  3. ^ "Mobo Awards 2004: The nominees". BBC News. 2004-08-24. Retrieved 2008-02-19. 
  4. ^ . London.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  5. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 513. ISBN 1-904994-10-5. 

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