Life comes with its fair share of wins and losses, and Sheff G has experienced both. “My rap career is lucky," the Brooklyn rapper shares. "Making it out the hood, that’s lucky, but there’s still been a lot of bad shit that’s happened to me. I’ve been through it all." Equipped with tales of surviving hardships growing up in the concrete jungle also known as New York City, Sheff’s recently released debut project, The Unluccy Luccy Kid, explains the story of his life—"being unlucky, but lucky at the same time." Coming from rags to riches, Sheff G reflects on his past in XXL’s What I Do? freestyle series.

“Going for it all, nigga, it ain’t no surprise/Look, know you thought I’d die/See right through my lies/Ma, I made you cry/I'm sorry, I made it/Look, late nights on the block it was me and Sleep/Nowhere to sleep,” raps Sheff G, who first caused rumbles with his music back in 2017, with the release of the popular single “No Suburban.”

Sheff G’s The Unluccy Luccy Kid, released via Winner's Circle/EMPIRE, consists of 14 tracks, including the singles “We Getting Money,” which has almost reached 3.5 million views on YouTube and the Great John-produced “Feel Ah Way." Featuring collaborations with Mozzy and Sheff's partner-in-rhyme, Sleepy Hallow, the “Panic” rapper’s debut project not only displays just how about that life he really is, but also further establishes the 21-year-old artist from East Flatbush as a leader in BK’s emerging Drill scene. “I really could relate to that Drill sound, you feel me? That’s why I fuck with it so much,” says Sheff, who's been inspired by the music of Chief Keef, G Herbo, Lil Bibby and others synonymous with the Chicago-based Drill movement.

Check out Sheff G’s What I Do freestyle in the video below.

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