Hip-hop artist Shyland Flowers is nostalgic by nature

Sometimes necessity is, in fact, the mother of invention, and Upstate rapper, producer and songwriter Shyland Flowers say he was initially drawn to hip-hop music for one very simple reason.

“If I’m being completely honest,” he says with a laugh, “it’s because I can’t sing. If I could sing, I’d be doing a whole different thing.

”It’s a good line, but the truth is a little more complex than that. Flowers also became a rapper because he loved the hip-hop genre and wanted to explore it.