Shortyo fell in love with hiphop at an early age, listening to music from NWA, Eazy-e, and Ice-T, which was odd since Shortyo was from Pennsylvania where the only thing considered "hiphop" was Grandmaster Flash, KRS 1, and the rest of the eastcoast scene. Shortyo started his 1st rap group with 2 friends in grade school when he was only 9 or 10 years old. He was even nominated "Most Destined For Rap Stardom" by his Eighth grade teacher. Throughout high school Shortyo was writing songs and performing at local venues to satisfy his crave for music. In 2004 Shortyo entered a rap battle competition called "The Cypher" on 100.3 The Beat (Radio-One) in Philadelphia and destroyed his opponents with his originality and catchy wordplay for 10 consecutive weeks.
“I’m not into music for the money”, says Shortyo. “I do it because I love it.” Love must be a powerful thing because in 2009 his love began to pay off. He teamed up Michael Rosenburg at Koch Entertainment and released his 1st album titled "King Of The Kounty". The first single Stripper featured Grammy Award Winnign artist Young Berg and the Follow up Single "Thats Right" featuring multi platinum recording artist Lil Wayne garnered support from radio deejays and received numerious spins in the commercial radio market..
Currently, Shortyo is finishing up his follow up album entitled Father Forgive Me and setting up promotional shows throughout the United States. With talent in his left pocket and determination in his right, there is no telling how far this "King" will go.