YazMean, previously known as Shawgz, is a Wales based rapper known for her stage presence and bold persona. Cutting her teeth as a battle rapper for Don't Flop, YazMean soon turned her creative eye towards developing an identifiable artist brand creating her own artwork and using creative direction.
In 2018, YazMean released her debut EP 'BLK Tape' on Bristol based rap and alternative soul label Issa Vibe which garnered the attention of BBC Radio Wales and Cardiff based collective Ladies of Rage.
In 2019 YazMean released several singles, including 'Nasty', recorded at Da Beatfreakz' studio in London following the winning of a KA Sessions competition. Nasty was later included on BBC Introducing's The Hot List, selected by DJ Jaguar. The year 2019 also saw YazMean playing The Great Escape festival in Brighton, and support slots with the likes of Kate Tempest and the first all-woman UK Hip Hop Tour Queens of Art.
In 2020 YazMean received financial support from the BBC Horizons scheme to develop her new EP Vice City, which sees YazMean broadening her sound and experimenting with her cadence and flow. By incorporating current popular music trends and delving into her Sudanese heritage, YazMean has successfully created a fresh and individual sound on Vice City EP.