As an adolescent, Le Thach’s imagination ran wild. Living stagnantly is not something the budding artist has ever allowed himself to do – he sees the bigger picture in everything he pursues. Exhibit A: Thach is on a car ride with his father. In the middle of a light-hearted freestyle, his father turns to him and exclaims, “get a mic.” This isn’t a joke. Shortly thereafter, Thach purchases his first piece of recording equipment. In that moment, Lil Shock is born.
Lil Shock, a 19-year-old native of Roxboro, North Carolina, was unsure of his sound to start. Initially, Shock envisioned a career in hardcore rap. Upon being introduced to guitar-laden beats, however, Shock fell in love with the music of Juice WRLD and XXXTentacion. When Juice WRLD responded to one of Shock’s friends who sent Juice his music, Juice responded – telling him to “never give up” – Shock took his inspiration’s advice to heart.
His big moment came on Twitch when world-famous Fortnite streamer Hamlinz jumped around his room to “Rockstar” in front of thousands of viewers. The NC native’s popularity suddenly skyrocketed. “Rockstar” reached 5 million streams, a number most new artists can only dream of touching. Just a few days ago, the single’s music video eclipsed 1 million views. From this point forward, Shock’s musical ambitions became far more clear.
Since joining Stray Dogs Music Group this past year, Lil Shock has further cemented himself as an exciting new MC, gaining heavy traction amongst fans in the social media and gaming worlds. His use of strings in his production has led to his pursuit of learning to play the guitar – just one of many steps Shock has taken to perfect his craft. At just nineteen years of age, it feels as though the sky isn’t high enough a limit for Thach.