Shawn Mims (born March 22, 1981 in Washington Heights, New York),
better known by his stage name Mims, is an American rapper of Jamaican
descent signed to his own American King Records. In 2007 he released
his debut album, Music is My Savior, and his second album, Guilt was
released in April of 2009. He is perhaps best known for his debut
single, This Is Why I’m Hot, which was a smash hit, reaching #1 on the
Billboard Hot 100.
Mims graduated High School and enrolled at Nassau Community College. He left the institution after a mere two months of classes to pursue a career in rap music. He began spending time in Harlem with Cam’ron as an acquaintance. In 2001, he was discovered by Quincy S/Duq Entertainment and soon after featured on a Canadian compilation entitled Private Party Collectors Edition Vol. 2, by Baby Blue Soundcrew. His guest appearance on the single “Love Em’ All”, alongside Choclair, enabled him to be recognized in Canada. The music video was nominated for a MMVA award. This song was never officially released in the United States. Mims also released his own single entitled “L.O.V.E.” which was commercially unsuccessful.
Soon after his recognition in Canada, he would gain connections with Blackout Movement. He would release his first U.S. Single, “I Did You Wrong” gaining modest momemtum across the United States. This would not be enough to finalize a legitimate record deal for the artist. In 2006, He began to record tracks for Latin hip hop label Urban Box Office.