An MC from the south side of Chicago and the daughter of blues guitarist Buddy Guy, Shawnna began writing rhymes while in high school. She caught her first break in 1996, when her duo Infamous Syndicate opened for Junior M.A.F.I.A. in Chicago. Infamous Syndicate signed to Relativity a year later and released Changing the Game in 1999. The album did not live up to its title, despite production help from No I.D. and Kanye West, the duo was dropped and eventually split. She then went on to team with Ludacris where she was featured on his song "What's Your Fantasy". Before she recorded her first album, Shawnna was featured on the remix to the song "Loverboy" by Mariah Carey for the album and movie Glitter. She was featured in the video along with Ludacris, Da Brat, and Twenty II.
Shawnna's debut album Worth tha Weight, originally scheduled to be released in October 2002, was delayed until September 26, 2004 and was released with little promotion due to disputes at Def Jam. Her album was well received by critics, and spawned the singles "Shake Dat Shit" and "Weight a Minute".
Shawnna's second album Block Music was released on June 27, 2006. Its sales have been initially lower than expected. The album has so far sold more than 260,000 copies worldwide. In preparation of the album, Shawnna teamed up with Clinton Sparks, one of Rolling Stone′s Top 10 mixtape producers, to release the official prelude to the album titled Block Music: The Mixtape. This mixtape features exclusive tracks and freestyles as well as the official "Gettin' Some (All-Star remix)" that featured Busta Rhymes, Rick Ross, Fat Joe, Jim Jones, Pimp C, Ludacris, Twista, Pharrell, Too Short, Lil Wayne, Dre, Pitbull & Sean J. She was also announced as Artist of the Week on Hollyscoop.com. As of April 26, 2007, in an interview, Shawnna confirmed that she was no longer with DTP Records, but remains friends with everyone on the label. Although she has left DTP she is still considered to be on their label according to paperwork-said by Remy Ma. She said that she was happy to be an independent artist, and it was something she always wanted to do.
She is managed through Hustle Period and has started her own label: M.O.E., which stands for Money Over Everything. In October 2009, Shawnna signed with T-Pain's Nappy Boy Entertainment. Later in 2010, she released a mixtape entitled Bitch Like Me, hosted by DJ Dirty Money. Her proposed third album will be re-recorded, and was reportedly scheduled to be released in 2012; however, a 2012 release never materialized. On October 28, 2011, Money Over Everything Entertainment released the new thriller and music video for "Horror Show" by Shawnna.
On June 10th, 2015 She announced the Launch of The Land Entertainment Company with Super Producer HearonTrackz and Paris (Producer) Bueller. The Entertainment Company is Composed of an eRecord Label, Marketing & Promotions Dept., PR Services via Drea (Publicist) O, & Distribution and Printing Services. The label plans on releasing Shawnna's Long Awaited, Highly Anticipated return & New Album "Untitled" early 2016, and also Collaboration projects with TY Money SBMG titled "MoneyVeli", Rarrii Rackz Titled "MW3", Paris (Producer) Beuller, and Full Length LP Executive Produced by HearonTrackz, Shawnna, and Paris (producer) Beuller. The Land Ent Launch. <http://websta.me/p/1004761449954485496_12700712 / >