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Birth name Chanelle Scott Calica
Born December 25, 1982 (1982-12-25) (age 27)
Origin Hackney, London, UK
Genres Grime, hip hop, electro
Occupations Rapper, Song-writer, Actress
Years active 2000–present
Labels Polydor

Chanelle Scott Calica (born 25 December 1982 in Hackney, London), also known as Shystie, is a British female rapper-songwriter and actress. Her mother was born and raised in Barbados and her father born and raised in Grenada making her heritage West-Indian. She grew up in Hackney, East London.[1] Shystie started gaining fame with her white label response to Dizzee Rascal's "I Luv U" and a tour with Basement Jaxx and The Streets which led to her being scooped up by major label Polydor. She is also the leading actress in the television series Dubplate Drama.


Debut album Diamond in the Dirt

Shystie's debut album, Diamond in the Dirt was released in the UK Only in 2004 under record label Polydor, Universal.[2] The album sold 55,000 copies across the UK.

Shystie's first single was "One Wish" which peaked on its first week on the UK Singles Chart at number 40,[3] having no main stream radio or music channels support aside 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 the lowly position of 59[3] but regardless of this, Shystie was still nominated for 'Best Newcomer' at the MOBO Awards.[4]

In 2005 Shystie featured in the computer game, 'Juiced', released worldwide in multiple formats.[5] She also recorded a track and accompanying video entitled 'Juiced' which was featured on the games soundtrack and her album.

Dubplate Drama

In 2005, Shystie started to front an Interactive TV Series called Dubplate Drama, where she plays the leading role of 'Dionne', an aspiring female MC trying to make it in the music world but often facing a lot of trials and tribulations, meeting people that can help her along her way and people who will hold her back and it's up to the viewers to put themselves in her shoes and decide her fate.

The viewers could then decide the outcome of show given two options a or b and the most voted would be aired on TV the following week. Working on the idea for almost a year, in July 2005 they shot the pilot with a production company called 'Red Mullet' and the script was written by Luke Hyams. After showcasing the pilot to several terrestrial TV channels it was a success and they went on to receive full backing from Livity, Channel 4, MTV, MTV Base, PSP and 3Mobile to show the (6 part episode lasted 12 and half minutes each) on all these outlets and was aired on 11 November 2005, showing 17 times a week over a 6 week period and received 3.3million Viewers.

What sets this series apart from any other is the fact that Dubplate Drama is the world’s first viewer-led interactive drama[6], letting viewers decide what happens next by voting on the outcome of each episode's ending. The series regularly had a 10% share of the total TV audience beating both BBC1 and ITV in the same time slot. The sole heart of the series is the music, which featured cameo performances from the cream of the UK's scene including Ms Dynamite and So Solid Crew.

'Dubplate Drama' was also nominated for the Broadcasting Press Guild TV & Radio Awards in 2006.

In February 2007, Shystie started filming for the second season of Dubplate Drama where she continued the lead role of Dionne. The show was broadcast on Channel 4, E4, MTV, MTV Base, and myspace. The series featured old cast members and new and also many cameo appearances from well-known UK artists.

'Dubplate Drama' has been commissioned for a fourth series filming in early 2009, the series aired over a week on Channel 4 in June 2009, It has not been mentioned whether the show has been recommisioned for a fifth run.


In June 2008, Shystie had a small cameo in the film Adulthood which went on to become a number 1 UK box office hit. Adulthood is the sequel to Kidulthood.


Year Title Sales and certifications
2004 Diamond in the Dirt
  • First studio album
  • Released: 2004
  • Formats: CD
  • BPI: Silver
  • Sales: 60,000++

Awards and nominations

MOBO Awards 2004 - Best Newcomer - NOMINATED


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