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Birth nameChanelle Shiloh Calica
Born (1983-12-25) 25 December 1983 (age 34)
Hackney, London, England
GenresGrime, hip hop, electro, garage
Occupation(s)Rapper, songwriter, actress
Years active2004-present
Associated actsGhetts, Azealia Banks, Alesha Dixon

Chanelle Shiloh Calica (born 25 December 1983),[1][2] better known by her stage name Shystie, is an English 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.[citation needed] She grew up in Hackney, East London.[2] Shystie started gaining fame in 2003 with her white label response to Dizzee Rascal's "I Luv U"[2] and a tour with Basement Jaxx, The Streets and 50 Cent, which led to her being signed 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 Records.

Shystie's first single was "One Wish" which peaked on its first week on the UK Singles Chart at number 40,[3] having no mainstream radio or music channels' support besides 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.[3] Shystie's debut album went on to sell 60,000 copies across the UK, the same year she was nominated for 'Best Newcomer' at the MOBO Awards.[4]

In 2005, Shystie featured in the computer game with her own character, Juiced, released worldwide in multiple formats. She also recorded an accompanying song and video entitled "Juiced", which was featured on the game's soundtrack and her album.

Dubplate Drama[edit]

Dubplate Drama is a British television series that aired on Channel 4 between 11 November 2005 and 3 July 2009. The show was created by Luke Hyamms, Shystie and her manager. The premise of the series involved a group of young musicians, with the leading role played by Shystie, who was 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. The first two series 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 film Kidulthood.


In June 2008, Shystie played the role of Lisa in the film Adulthood, the sequel to Kidulthood. She wrote the theme song "Arms Open Wide" which featured on the Adulthood soundtrack.


In September 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.

Recent activity[edit]

In April and July 2011, Shystie released two mix tapes entitled You're Welcome and Blue Magic.

In September, Shystie modelled for UK designer Nasir Mazhar at the London Fashion Week and was featured in Vogue for her performance.

In March 2012, Shystie released a promo single and video for "Bad Gyal" and, in August, released her second promo single and video for "Feel It", both from her EP Pink Mist, which was produced by LzBeatz.

In February 2013, Shystie modelled and performed at London Fashion Week again, and was featured in Vogue for the second time. The next month Shystie and Azealia Banks went from being friends to enemies after Banks 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".[citation needed] 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. It debuted at number 4 in the charts.[which?]

Between August and December that year, Shystie supported Kendrick Lamar on the European leg of his tour, and went on to perform in 15 other countries.[citation needed] She was scheduled to model at New York Fashion Week and domore acting in 2014.[citation needed]


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


Studio albums/EPs[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


Year Song UK Singles Chart[3] 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 feat. 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
"The Zoo"
(Vince Kidd feat. Shystie)
2013  — The Zoo EP

Soundtrack appearances[edit]

Song Year Artist(s) Movie / Television Series
"Hold It Down" 2006 Fireworkz feat. Shystie Dubplate Drama Vol.1
"Make It Easy Remix" 2006 Shystie feat. J2K & Crazy Titch Dubplate Drama Vol.1
"One Wish" 2006 Shystie Dubplate Drama Vol.1
"One Wish (Remix)" 2006 Shystie feat. Kano, Bruza & Ron 'E' Redz Dubplate Drama Vol.1
"Street Slang" 2006 Shystie feat. 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 feat. Shystie "Haze"
2005 P Jam feat. Shystie Narstie, L.Man, Solo & Demon "Spun A Web"
2005 Fireworkz feat. J2K, Shystie, Goodz, L-Man, Narstie, Hypa & Marcie "Hold It Down"
2006 Don Diablo feat. Shystie "I Need To Know"
2010 Nazir Mazhar feat. Shystie "SHOWStudio"
2011 Fireworkz feat. Bounty Killer, Ghetts, Shystie, Trilla & English Frank "Limb By Limb"
2012 Motive feat. Shystie "Whipped"
2012 Vince Kidd feat. 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. ^ "5 Minutes With Shystie". The Wrap Up. UK: MTV. 5 October 2014. Retrieved 7 March 2015.
  2. ^ a b c Brooks, Libby (2003-09-30). "Top girls: part one". London: Retrieved 2008-02-20.
  3. ^ a b c Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 513. ISBN 1-904994-10-5.
  4. ^ "Mobo Awards 2004: The nominees". BBC News. 2004-08-24. Retrieved 2008-02-19.

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