Thissomebull.com recently sat down with Rashad Sterling of the “Shad vs. Everybody” Podcast to discuss growing up on the east side of Detroit and what led him to podcasting. Shad, a rapper turned podcaster, gives the readers insight on the man behind one of the hottest podcast on the E Block Radio Network.
Thissomebull.com: Tell me about growing up on the East Side of Detroit.
Shad: Growing up on the Eastside in the 90s was everything to me, we moved around ALOT, but my mom made even the brokest days feel good. Growing up, I had both parents at home with my little brother. I do have an older brother who’s my dad son but growing up he was always around. As a family, we went through a lot, but I’m a true believer that seeing my mom and dad struggle made me the man that I am today. When I say struggling, I’m talking dad losing jobs, mom on welfare, dad robbing, so he can pay the bills. Like I said, everything wasn’t great, but they tried their best to make it work for us. Middle school is when my parents split, and a year later is when my pops passed away due to health problems. My mom continued to hold it down for us and did everything she could do to make sure we had everything that we needed.
Thissomebull.com: You started rapping at an early age, talk to me about the “Yung City Boys.”
Shad: The Yung City Boyz actually we got the name because are original name Double R was already used on MySpace so last min we just came up with the name Yung city Boyz. But my boy Reggie wanted to rap and asked me to form a two-man group, at first, I said no until I heard a song that he did alone. Once I heard how good he sounded, I felt like I could do it too. We recorded songs, even did a couple of performances but never really took it seriously or made a commitment to actually attempt to push our music. Once we found a producer that had his own studio and could make a fire beat within minutes, we felt like we could truly take off. A couple of months later, that dream would soon fade away due to my boy Reggie getting locked up and having to spend the next 5 years in prison.
Thissomebull.com: You became a father at an early age also, how did fatherhood impact your life?
Shad: Being a father at such a young age was scary at first, there’s nothing that can prepare you to be a dad, you just have to be ready to step up and know that life is not all about you anymore. I always say this, but my son saved my life, without him there’s no telling how things would have turned out for me. I feel like my son helped me grow up and see that life is not all about games. Having a kid will definitely make you think about the moves you make and how the wrong decision will not only hurt you but will hurt your kid as well.
Thissomebull.com: Sports is a big part of your life as well, what led you to coaching?
Shad: I always discussed coaching and how I felt I could be a great leader for the youth. Growing up I had hoop dreams just like any other young kid from the hood, but once I grew up, I realized those dreams will not come true and thought, what else could I do to still be around the game? Coaching was always a thought, but I never knew the steps of becoming a coach until my wife told me her job where she teaches were looking for a middle school basketball coach. I was hesitant at first, but once I took the meeting and became the coach it was the best decision that I could’ve made. I’ve been coaching for 6 years now, have some great relationships with the kids and parents and also have a championship to add on. In the future, I would love to have my own AAU organization and become a high school coach in the future.
Thissomebull.com: Let’s talk about your podcast, “Shad vs. Everybody,” episode 109 is a big deal.
Shad: The podcast I’m still shocked that I’m passed the 100 mark on episodes, at first, the podcast was my way to get my music out, but after a few episodes I felt like this was something that I should do and really give it my all. I can say with rap and basketball I never felt like I was the best, but with this podcast, I honestly feel like I’m one of the greats that’s doing it. I know some will say you are still kind of new at this but early on listening to my interviews I feel like I could really get the show picked up from someone and truly make a name for myself. My podcast consists of one-on-one interviews, but it’s not just about what they do, it’s about their life. I love watching interviews, but I hate when it’s all about their work and not about what it took for them to get to where they are now. On my show, you will learn so much from the guest that it will make you want to follow that person and stay up on what they have going on.
Thissomebull.com: How is it working with the “Producer of the Year,” Q. Lewis?
Shad: Man working with Q is great not just because he’s my uncle, but he’s going to keep it real with me and not care how I feel about it. You need people like that around that will be real with you, because they want what’s best for you. Seeing Q do this for so long and crossing over to the producer side motivated me to really go hard with the podcast. To be real, most of our conversations is about the show and ways to really get the brand out for everyone to see.
Thissomebull.com: What are you working on musically?
Shad: With the music, I’m not really focused on that anymore, I still love it I still write, but it’s not what it use to be for me. Coming up I felt like music would be my only way out until I started the podcast, but I see there are other lanes for me. I know I’m getting older, but I do want to get one full
Album out, maybe 8 or 9 songs all original beats just to see how it would sound and what the response would be. The plan is to put that out the end of the year, that’s IF I still feel like doing it.
Thissomebull.com: What’s next for you?
Shad: Next is continuing on with the podcast for sure, starting my podcast network looking for young talent to host some shows, and to grow as a coach like I said I would love to have my own AAU organization ran by me. Last, I do want to create some sketch comedy shows where I do little 5–10-minute funny videos.
Thissomebull.com: How can people contact you?
Shad: On Instagram- Shadvseverybody_podcast
Facebook- Rashad Sterling