Thinking Cap is the latest single from Shaya's debut album Fallen Awake. Under the manifesto of resurrecting "thinking man's music", Shaya's track is an open palm to his listeners; a chance to lay rest the pains of his own life and come to terms with a new mentality that is rooted in clarity and honesty. Thinking Cap starts off playing the break the song is based on for a couple of bars before the reversion kicks in.
Born in the Bay Area, Santa Rosa’s Shaya has called many places home, and seems to have carried pieces of those experiences with him. “Childhood wasn’t really all that good, but it wasn’t all that bad either”, says the man today. That may be an understatement. From birth, Shaya was physically abused - as were his mother and sisters. His childhood was one exposed to violence and addiction.
In 2008, hip-hop has Fallen Awake. As artists trade integrity for fabricated characters, Shaya has watched his wounds of a troubled youth heal into the wisdom of a grown man with plenty to offer any listener within an earshot of his words. His debut album Fallen Awake is a dreamy dose of reality for those who miss personal rap.