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The Lioness, born Shaiwna Adams on April 6th, 1988 is the youngest in a large family from Minneapolis. Like many growing up in the now infamous North Side, she has had to work very hard to get where she is today. She was the first in her household to graduate from college, and following inspiration from the likes of Lauren Hill has pushed forward artistically. Starting in the church choir, and then with poetry and spoken word she found herself wanting to spend more time performing for others. While open mic nights gave her an outlet for her words, her poetry evolved into rap. Her first Mixtape (The Most Anticipated), released in 2010, debuted while she was wrapping up her school at McNally Smith College of Music in St. Paul. This lead to regular performances around the Twin Cities and a recurring slot at the 400 Bar. During this time, she shared the stage with the likes of Toki Wright, Desdemona, Brother Ali, Atmosphere, Guante, and I Self Devine. As she became more known locally, she built relationships with other artists and producers such as Redbull Big Tune Beat Battle champions Nicademus and G Mo. Their later partnership would produce most of the material for her 2012 Mixtape "Lost Tapes". Lost Tapes, hosted by DJ Advance, was released to critical success and cemented her status as one of those to watch out for in Minneapolis. Continuing to focus on community, she lent her recording/performance talents to Occupy Homes, Occupy Wall Street, and the MN Voter ID Amendment causes. Ambitious as ever, she turned to work simultaneously on her third Mixtape, entitled "Queen" and a collaboration with Titan Administration Records artists on the full length album "The Cabinet", both released in 2013. The Lioness still lives in North Minneapolis, and is currently working on her first full length solo album, tentatively slotted for release in 2014.