Shawn Johnson is a multi-talented artist, who makes digital art and videos, as well as Instrumental Hip-Hop. For his digital art efforts, Shawn goes by @oldsoulbrother AKA NEKTR (@SHONJART) and has released music, over the years, as Shon J. Mr.J with Mr. Backside, OLD SOUL with Optimus Prime, and as part of Hip-Hop/Rock band, NOGENRE559 with affiliation to The Natural High, Amajin Records, and Alpha Force. Shawn Johnson has worked with and created Cut-and-Paste-esque music videos for The Witzard mainstay Purple Dialect, Slum Village emcee T3, Westside Gunn & Conway affiliate Benny The Butcher, J-Zone & Pablo Martin's The Du-Rites, Ali Miller FKA Truck North (The Roots,) K.A.A.N. and Lance Skiiiwalker. I've previously spoken with Shawn Johnson concerning his work on Purple Dialect's "Cocoa" video, as well as Shon J & Mr. Backside's 32-track Mr.J beat tape; however, in recent months, Shawn has been mentioning a number of high-profile collaborations including "CZARFACE vs. Ghostface Killah" and Guilty Simpson's Reckonize Real-produced Carved from Stone. As a matter of fact, just this past Friday, CZARFACE—DJ 7L, Esoteric & Wu-Tang's Inspectah Deck—joined forces with Ghostface Killah for CZARFACE Meets Ghostface, remarkably, their sixth album in just as many years!
Shawn A. Johnson had the distinct honor of directing and creating a music video for CZARFACE Meets Ghostface's second single, "MONGOLIAN BEEF," which was unveiled just days before the album's wide release. It appears as though Shon J. inter-cut a wide array of zany stock footage, animations, still imagery, etc. with shots of Ghostface Killah, Inspectah Deck, 7L & Esoteric to go along with their various portions of "MONGOLIAN BEEF." It's definitely something different, zany, and uniquely out-there; Shawn Johnson's "MONGOLIAN BEEF" music video is one of those things you could watch over and over again and, easily, notice something new or different with each viewing! CZARFACE Meets Ghostface is now available on GetOnDown/Silver Age. CZARFACE die-hards can expect an interview with DJ 7L of The Czar-Keys coming soon to Overseas music publication, GrownUpRap, along with an interview with emcee and comic book nerd Esoteric coming soon to The Witzard. Although, for the time being, I strongly suggest you ch-ch-check out our comprehensive interview with CZARFACE songstress and "BOMB THROWN" Feat. DOOM video director Kendra Morris from last year's CZARFACE Meets Metal Face album cycle.