Sho's take on the gangsta rap genre differs from carbon copy imitations in that he refuses to ignore the consequences of his characters' actions or to descend into macho exaggeration. His career began when he met former Geto Boy Willie D. through a cousin. D. admired the intelligent social conscience apparent in Sho's lyrics, and a year later, Sho became the first artist signed to D.'s new Wize Up label. Sho's 1993 debut, Trouble Man, took its title from a Marvin Gaye song. Return followed in 1998.
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