D-Shep is more than a just a southern artist with a regional sense of hip-hop. His lyrics tell of his struggles to make it out of his rough beginnings in Miami's Naranja neighborhood. Success is not something that's given to you its something you must take for yourself; D-Shep learned this at a young age as he struggled to survive on Miami's south side. Signed to an independent record label, D-Shep, born Darrell Sheppard, is the real deal; he's been on the streets, with the stories and credibility to back it, but still his southern background is apparent in his sense for good music.
After his first two mixtapes, "Rent Money" and "Eviction Notice", D-Shep has managed to resurface with another compiled mixtape of growth, hood and truth. Honestly titled "Rent Money 2nd Impression", it is his renewed drive to restore hip hop in Miami. While some rappers have decided to follow a certain pattern to define Miami music, D Shep has decided to recreate that lane for his own personal use. His track "Snap" took a music trend in Miami called stick music and made it work for him. It addresses some of the frustrations most talented artists encounter in this industry. Songs like "Living that Life" ft Akon and "Can't See Me" ft Git Fresh take you through a journey of his thoughts causing you to understand his reality. Not to mention with the help of Veronica V, "Rather be with you" allows D-Shep to keep it real with the ladies to become that side dude. Interesting enough with the success of "Stay Real", that caught the attention of Miami a couple of years ago, nothing was more appropriate then for the first track to be called "Ain't Real". D-Shep's "Rent Money 2nd Impression" street album is definitely worth the listen.