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Born and raised in northwest Indiana, Shaun Linen had many influences musically; Gary, Indiana artists Michael Jackson and Freddie Gibbs not to mention the growing drill music scene next door in Chicago. Not trying to fit into any of their particular niches, Linen drew inspiration from other regions and genres. West coast G-Funk and "backpack rap" left their mark on the young MC.
Raised by a music savvy family, Shaun Linen grew up listening to soul artists like Willie Hutch, Teddy Pendergrass, and Curtis Mayfield. The Chicago battle rap scene also caught Linen's ear at a young age. With mentor-ship from his jazz producer uncle, he began sampling soul records. Struggling to sell most of his beats Shaun Linen later penned and produced his own songs. It wasn't until much later that DeShaun Williams wore the name Shaun Linen which hints on being slept on for his talents. The name is also shared by his recording group (Fresh Linen).
Linen strays away from the current music trends, as always, and continues to pursue his brand of mellow avant-garde noise. Smooth boastful rhymes engrossed in introspection make for this budding artist's style. His underground buzz has many believing he's next to blow from the Midwest. Shaun Linen has many listeners wide awake with his initial efforts his follow ups may just wake up the rest of the world.