Hailing from the Pacesetta Projects of Chicago, Speedyville Nardy (born Darell Shelz) is on his way to taking over the world of music, being his most authentic self while he does it. Nardy started making music at 20, moved to set off another path after the murder of his cousin Pack Mail in 2011. Without a net of support behind him, he carved a space for himself in music with the determined development of his sound. His debut project “Strixtly 4 My Hittaz” was released back in 2012, but he officially bounced back with his 2019 projects “Chiraqian” and “Mail Season” and his 2020 project “March Madness”, which features his cousin and close friend Petey Blanko. This music, along with the videos “Free Ralo” and “Make Money Mitch” that followed, were what brought Nardy to trailblazer status. With these releases, Nardy built his own hip-hop subgenre—Braveheart Musik—and fans can see where the name comes from.
Now, Nardy is both a rising artist and budding entrepreneur, with a clothing line for his own label Pack Money (named after his late cousin) and plans to purchase the projects he grew up in on the way. One West Magazine got to chat with Nardy about his music, goals, and life principles in the interview below. Read further and check out our conversation!
How long have you been in the industry?
[I’m] just starting out, to be honest. I never gave it a genuine shot until now!
What makes you stand out from other artists?
I inspire individual, critical, creative brainstorming! I make people crack their code to their self, their hidden potential! Regardless of how I’m treated [or the] trials and tribulations [I face], I remain perfect! I’m as honest as they come. I don’t care for the carnal mind. I’m spiritually inclined! I’m just for the positives over the negative! Life short!
Who do you aim to move with your music?
I make music for the thoroughbred, the optimistic, [people going through] the everyday struggle of poverty. I have no necessary target. I just want to uplift and bring joy, [and] spread as much love, truth, freedom, peace, and justice as possible!
Who have you worked with & who would you like to work with next?
I’ve worked with just the gang, really— my cousin Petey Blanko, 24Lefteye From Atlanta. The only producer I really worked with is Hollorunitback. He’s going to be the next Zaytoven from Atlanta, honestly! Remember I said it. I did a hook for Too Short as well— from Oakland. He’s a real legend! [And] I really don’t care much for working with others. People don’t be the thurl! They be therms! I’m working with whoever’s thurl and wants to work with me.
What community events have you contributed to?
I help the homeless daily. Just meeting them is a precious moment! I don’t do things and broadcast it to the masses for credibility or acknowledgement. I do when needs to be done. Not everyone will notice, but they always notice your being when you die, like the late and great DMX, the prolific Nipsey Hussle, etc.
Why is giving back to the community important when you have reached a point in your career where you are able to give back?
I really can’t speak for others, but I’ve been providing and assisting many without that. Helping, being an inspiration, leading by example, good character, determination, self-preservation, being supportive… things of this nature, I manifest daily, money or no money! Giving back is not anything to glorify or do because of some financial gains or Noble Peace Prize— just for honoring [someone] being a genuine individual. There’s no trophy for being genuine or helping another, unfortunately!
What are your goals for the rest of 2021 and next year?
To start my clothing line for Pack Money, and to buy or acquire my housing project Speedyville, which is where I’m from!
When you are not in the studio and/or working, what are some things that you enjoy doing? What are your hobbies?
I like enjoying the real world. I’m not a social media, television, technology-based type of individual. I’m really in the world everyday— outside!
What advice do you have to youth who want to pursue a career in music?
Be you! Never stop! You gone die soon, real soon, so go kuku! Don’t worry or stress about anything. Experience it all! Risk, sacrifice, and failure mean you’re growing and learning, so do a lot of it. And cherish the people in your life. It’s going to be a day you’re not going to see them or be able to call them ever again.
Stream Speedyville Nardy’s music on all platforms and check up on all his latest and upcoming work by following his Instagram @Speedyville728, Twitter @Nardyville, and Youtube!