After years of captivating the attention of friends and family with freestyle rhymes on baseball road trips and just about anywhere there was an audience, Shane decided to embark on a journey to realize his dream of becoming a professional entertainer. While finishing up his collegiate career at the University of Nevada Las Vegas (UNLV), Shane recorded his first songs in 2002 as a member of Dangerous Headz with the album On Tha Rise.
In April, 2003 at The Joint in the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, NV, Shane entered a talent competition sponsored by local hip-hop radio station, KLUC 98.5. Previous headliners at The Joint included Guns N’ Roses, the Eagles, and Justin Timberlake. While Shane’s talents were not recognized in the same competition the year prior, his perseverance led him to the stage once again, where he engineered what would be the first of many exhilarating performances. Shane won the competition alongside Dangerous Headz member Classic and Gbang. This memorable night provided Shane the confidence necessary to progress with his professional music career.