Hardbody Shard — Move Calculated, Let Them Do The Math

James Lee
5 min readDec 23, 2020

What’s your name and where are you from?

My name is Hardbody Shard and I’m from Birmingham, Alabama. When I started taking music serious, like writing, recording, and releasing music, my first artist name was Reason. By the time I released my second project, “Parapenelia,” I had partnered with one of my best friends growing up and another close friend. Together, we formed a brotherhood called BTMG, also the name of my first single off of that project, produced by 30 Roc of Eardrummers. This was around the first time I had ever heard of “Reason” from TDE(Top Dog Entertainment), so I knew I had to do something about my name at the time. So once I released “Parapenelia” is when I took the BTMG and added it to Reason just to separate myself from him. After about a year, we kinda grew apart on the business end so I decided to rebrand and change my name once again. December 25th, 2018 I dropped “Fie On Me”(Directed by ALsoHD Films) (prod. by LamarcusJ and Prezzley P) under my current artist name, Hardbody Shard. I believe that change was something I needed. It was fresh and I knew there wasn’t another artist out there with the same alias.

What makes you different?

I think what makes me different as a person is my thinking process and how I operate as my own entity. I take a lot of pride in what I do and how I do it. From the aspect of an artist, I’ve developed a different understanding of music and how to create music. I’ve been able to find different pockets in different beats. I really feel like it can be taught but it takes patience and understanding. My particular understanding came from years of writing. I knew this was what I wanted to do. Also my voice, which is probably my most complemented attribute. I’m always hearing people talk about my voice and I’ve been appreciating it as a gift. Even as an upcoming artist in a city full of other artists, my music has an identity, because of my voice and choice of words or wordplay, if you will.

What do you want to accomplish?

It’s actually a lot I’d like to accomplish, but I know that it times time and I’m willing to put in the work it requires to do so. One thing in particular is to become an established globally known…

James Lee

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