Jamaican dancehall princess Shenseea descended into Los Angeles this weekend for BET Awards; a pit stop in between the performer’s packed out touring schedule. The Interscope signee stopped by her label’s pre-BET Award party and showed out in a pink panther inspired look that left the industry packed room wanting for more. Since releasing her debut label single “Blessed” — now with over 15 Million plays across platforms — the singer/songwriter has been busy traveling the Americas and Caribbean for live performances which culminates in New York next month at MOMA PS1’s “Warm Up” series on Saturday, July 20th.
Praise for Shenseea and “Blessed”:
“Amplified by pounding production that fuses the energetic vibes found in Latin trap and dancehall… [Shensea’s] name will now be on the tip of everyone’s tongues.” — Billboard
“Dancehall artist Shenseea is making a mark with her fiery rhythmic sound and for her new single, “Blessed…” — Hypebeast
“Rising Jamaican dancehall star Shenseea turns a popular hashtag into a certified hip-swiveling banger.” — PAPER
“The bass-heavy track was produced by Rvssian, and is dripping with energy as the rising star oozes self-confidence from start to finish.” — VIBE
In less than three years, Shenseea has ascended through Jamaica’s dancehall ranks to become one of the genre’s most sought-after artists. Known for her alluring style and bold delivery of patois rhymes, (called deejaying in Jamaican parlance) Shenseea has already worked with some of dancehall’s top acts. Her 2016 collaboration with dancehall luminary Vybz Kartel, “Loodi,” established Shenseea’s fame throughout Jamaica and the Caribbean. Garnering millions of views on her Youtube channel, Shenseea continued to release music that were instant hits that also worked to empower females, female sexuality while staying true to her Jamaican roots — singles like “Pon Mi,” “Trending Gyal” and “Shenyeng Gang” can be heard loud throughout the islands. Since her initial rise, Shenseea has brought her enigmatic energy and performances to sold out shows and festivals across the Caribbean and internationally. The 22-year old artist is currently at work on her debut album, a collaboration with renowned hit maker, Rvssian marking a huge move to take over the globe with her pop star appeal.
Born Chinsea Lee in Mandeville, Jamaica, Shenseea and her family moved to Kingston, the island’s capital, and the epicenter of reggae and dancehall music, when she was three years old. Like so many great Jamaican vocalists before her, Shenseea developed her love of music while singing in church; throughout her childhood and early teens, primarily listening to American pop and hip-hop; it was during her high school years that she discovered dancehall reggae, and her affinity for performing it. She began posting her renditions of American and Jamaican artists’ songs on her social media pages and received widespread encouragement. In January 2019, Shenseea officially signed to Rvssian’s Rich Immigrants label, a joint venture with Interscope Records.