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Birth nameChanelle Scot Calica [1] [2] [3]
Also known asShystie
Born (1983-12-25) 25 December 1983 (age 39)
Hackney, London, England
  • Rapper
  • songwriter
  • actress
Years active2004–present

Chanelle Scot Calica [1] [2] (born 25 December 1983), [4] [5] better known by her stage name Shystie, is an English rapper, songwriter and actress.


She grew up in Hackney, East London. [5] Shystie became famous in 2003 with her white label response to Dizzee Rascal's "I Luv U" [5] and a tour with Basement Jaxx, The Streets and 50 Cent, which led to her being signed by major label Polydor. She is also the leading actress in the television series Dubplate Drama . [6]

Debut album - Diamond in the Dirt

Shystie's debut studio album, Diamond in the Dirt was released in the UK only in 2004 by Polydor Records.

Her debut single was "One Wish", which peaked on its first week on the UK Singles Chart at number 40, [7] having no mainstream radio or music channels' support besides Channel U and MTV Base. The B-side was "One Wish Remix", featuring Kano and produced by Terror Danja. Her second single was "Make It Easy" and the B-side was "Juiced"; it charted at number 57. [7] Shystie's debut album went on to sell 60,000 copies across the UK, the same year she was nominated for 'Best Newcomer' at the MOBO Awards. [8]

In 2004, Shystie featured in the computer game with her own character, Juiced , albeit only in the Acclaim beta version. She also recorded an accompanying song and video entitled "Juiced", which was featured on the game's beta soundtrack and her album as a bonus track. In the final version, Shystie is replaced by Sue Yen. This version of her song does not appear.

Dubplate Drama

Dubplate Drama is a British television series that aired on Channel 4 between 11 November 2005 and 3 July 2009. The show was created by Luke Hyamms, Shystie and her manager. The premise of the series involved a group of young musicians, with the leading role by Shystie, who was attempting to make it big by securing a record deal. Three series of the show were broadcast. The first series contained six fifteen-minute episodes, the second contained six thirty-minute episodes, and the third contained two feature-length specials of sixty minutes each. The show was described as "the world's first interactive drama series", as it allowed viewers to vote on the outcome of each episode. The first two series were released on DVD, with the third remaining unreleased. The show was notable for its well-known British talent, including roles played by Shystie, Noel Clarke, Adam Deacon, N-Dubz and Tim Westwood.


In March 2006, Shystie had two songs, "One Wish" and "Woman’s World", featured in the film Kidulthood .


In June 2008, Shystie played the role of Lisa in the film Adulthood , the sequel to Kidulthood. She wrote the theme song "Arms Open Wide" which featured on the Adulthood soundtrack.


In September 2011, Shystie wrote the theme song for the feature film Sket along with writing four other songs which were used for the film.

Illegal Activity

In March 2012, Shystie played the role of Toya in the short film Illegal Activity, which premiered at the Bafta HQs.

Recent activity

In April and July 2011, Shystie released two mixtapes entitled You're Welcome and Blue Magic.

In September, Shystie modelled for English designer Nasir Mazhar at the London Fashion Week and was featured in Vogue for her performance.

In March 2012, Shystie released a promotional single and video for "Bad Gyal" and, in August, released her second promotional single and video for "Feel It", both from her EP Pink Mist, which was produced by LzBeatz.

In February 2013, Shystie modelled and performed at London Fashion Week again, and was featured in Vogue for the second time. The next month Shystie and Azealia Banks went from being friends to enemies after Banks posted on Twitter that Shystie and Azealia's "Control It" video was "bogus" and "not Azalea". Shystie released a diss track directed at Banks called "Doppelganger".[ citation needed ] The track replaced "Control It" as the third track on Pink Mist.

On 28 April 2013, Shystie released her EP independently through her in-house team Starwork Music, entitled Pink Mist via iTunes. It debuted at number 4 in the charts.[ which? ]


List of film performances as an actor
Dubplate Drama 2005-2009DionneLead role
Adulthood 2008Lisa-
illegal Activity2012Toya-
90 Mins 2019Sam-
Dirty God 2019Tal-


Studio albums/EPs

TitleAlbum detailsPeak chart positions
Diamond in the Dirt
Pink Mist (EP)4


List of mixtapes
TitleAlbum details
Grand Theft Audio
  • Released: 5 July 2005
  • Label: Dice Recordings
  • Formats: CD/DVD
  • 30 Tracks
The Treasure Chest
  • Released: February 2011
  • Label: Independent
  • Formats: digital download
  • 20 Tracks
You're Welcome
  • Released: April 2011
  • Label: Independent
  • Formats: digital download
  • 15 Tracks
Blue Magic
  • Released: July 2011
  • Label: Independent
  • Formats: digital download
  • 10 Tracks
Gold Dust
  • Released: April 2012
  • Label: Independent
  • Formats: digital download
  • 16 Tracks
Gold Dust - Vol.2
  • Released: 21 September 2012
  • Label: Independent
  • Formats: digital download
  • 15 Tracks


YearSong UK Singles Chart [7] Album
2004"One Wish"40 Diamond in the Dirt
2004"Make It Easy"57

Promotional singles

"I Luv U" 12"2003Shystie679 Recordings
"Shystie vs The Streets" 12"2003Shystie679 Recordings
"The Battle" 12"2003Shystie vs Lady SovereignMedasyn
"Step Bac" 12"2004ShystiePolydor
"Nu Style" 12"2008ShystieRat Records
"Pull it" 12"2009ShystieNot On A Label
"Bad Gyal"2012ShystieStarwork Music
"Feel It"2012ShystieStarwork Music
"Control It"2012Shystie feat. Azealia BanksNot On A Label
"Scumbag"2013ShystieNot On A Label
SingleYearPeak chart positionsAlbum
(Estelle feat. Beverley Knight, Ms Dynamite, Terri Walker, Shystie and Dion)
2010 Non-album single
"Kick You Out"
(Ms Dynamite feat. Baby Blue, No Lay, Shystie)
2010 Non-album single
"Lipstick (Remix)"
(Alesha Dixon feat. Shystie)
(Azealia Banks feat. Shystie)
2012  Fantasea
"The Zoo"
(Vince Kidd feat. Shystie)
2013 The Zoo EP

Soundtrack appearances

SongYearArtist(s)Movie / Television Series
"Hold It Down"2006Fireworkz feat. Shystie Dubplate Drama Vol.1
"Make It Easy Remix"2006Shystie feat. J2K & Crazy Titch Dubplate Drama Vol.1
"One Wish"2006Shystie Dubplate Drama Vol.1
"One Wish (Remix)"2006Shystie feat. Kano, Bruza & Ron 'E' Redz Dubplate Drama Vol.1
"Street Slang"2006Shystie feat. Ron 'E' Redz Dubplate Drama Vol.1
"Rain"2006Shystie Dubplate Drama Vol.1
"House Of Cards"2006Shystie Dubplate Drama Vol.1
"Invisible Artist"2007Shystie Dubplate Drama Vol.2
"Unborn Child"2007Shystie Dubplate Drama Vol.2
"Womans World"2006Shystie Kidulthood
"One Wish"2006Shystie Kidulthood
"Arms Open Wide"2008Shystie Adulthood
"Arms House"2011Shystie Sket
"Headbanger"2011Shystie Sket
"Takeover"2011Shystie Sket
"Life"2012Shystie illegal Activity

Music videos

2004Shystie"Step Back"
"One Wish"
"Make It Easy"
2008"New Style"
2011"Ima Boss"
Shystie, Ghetts, Nolay"Sket"
Shystie"We Be Rollin'"
2012"My World"
"What They Talking About?"
"Underground Queen"
"House Party"
"Bad Gyal"
"Feel It"
"Niggas In Paris"
"Step Off"
"Gold Gang"
2013Shystie, Azealia Banks "Control It"
2017Shystie"Wake Up"
2005Alpha & Omega feat. Shystie"Haze"
2005P Jam feat. Shystie Narstie, L.Man, Solo & Demon"Spun A Web"
2005Fireworkz feat. J2K, Shystie, Goodz, L-Man, Narstie, Hypa & Marcie"Hold It Down"
2006Don Diablo feat. Shystie"I Need To Know"
2010Nazir Mazhar feat. Shystie"SHOWStudio"
2011Fireworkz feat. Bounty Killer, Ghetts, Shystie, Trilla & English Frank"Limb By Limb"
2012Motive feat. Shystie"Whipped"
2012Vince Kidd feat. Shystie, Scorcher and Exo"Sick Love"

Awards and nominations

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