Self-proclaimed as “King Of The Kounty”, rapper/entrepreneur Shortyo is fast becoming known as the guy that every other guy wants to be. Besides having a charming personality, fast cars and successful businesses, he is also rising above his local sensation status with his pop-inspired hip-hop as the vehicle for his clever wordplay and music. Richard Hentosh was born in Chester, PA on January 31, to a single mother who was only 15. Though raised with strong convictions and morals Shortyo repeatedly proved himself as a “problem child”. With no father in his life and living on welfare and section 8, Shortyo turned to the streets for guidance. In the following years, Shortyo disassociated himself from the negative people in his life and began to walk a path that even he had no idea where it would lead.
Shortyo fell in love with hiphop at an early age, listening to music from NWA, Eazy-e, and Ice-T, which was odd since Shortyo was from Pennsylvania where the only thing considered "hiphop" was Grandmaster Flash, KRS 1, and the rest of the eastcoast scene. Shortyo started his 1st rap group with 2 friends in grade school when he was only 9 or 10 years old. He was even nominated "Most Destined For Rap Stardom" by his Eighth grade teacher. Throughout high school Shortyo was writing songs and performing at local venues to satisfy his crave for music. In 2004 Shortyo entered a rap battle competition called "The Cypher" on 100.3 The Beat (Radio-One) in Philadelphia and destroyed his opponents with his originality and catchy wordplay for 10 consecutive weeks.
“I’m not into music for the money”, says Shortyo. “I do it because I love it.” Love must be a powerful thing because in 2009 his love began to pay off. He teamed up Michael Rosenburg at Koch Entertainment and released his 1st album titled "King Of The Kounty". The first single Stripper featured Grammy Award Winning artist Young Berg and the Follow up Single "Thats Right" featuring multi platinum recording artist Lil Wayne garnered support from radio deejays and received numerious spins in the commercial radio market as well as gaining Hentosh a consideration for single of the year at the 2010 Grammy Awards.
Shortyo released his album "King Of The Kounty" On October 13th 2009. The album debuted at number 59 on the US Billboard 200 chart. King Of The Kounty received generally positive reviews from music critics. At Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating out of 100 to reviews from critics, the album received an average score of 79, which indicates "generally favorable reviews", based on four reviews.
Currently, Shortyo is finishing up his new album entitled "Saint and a Sinner" which 1st single "No Love For The Lonely" featuring Multi Platinum artists Ariana Grander & Ed Sherran is set to hit all digital markets late 2020. With talent in his left pocket and determination in his right, there is no telling how far this "King" will go.
- 2009 - Shortyo releases his debut album "King Of The Kounty" on Koch Entertainment/E1 Distribution. Album features Lil Wayne, Nate Dogg, Hitmaka and more,The album debuted at number 59 on the US Billboard 200 chart.
- 2009 - King Of The Kounty Charted Top 50 On Itunes Music Album Charts For 14 weeks.
- 2010 - Thats Right Featuring Lil Wayne Considered for a Grammy Nomination For "Single By A New Artist"
- 2011 - The Single Swag So Mean Featuring Justin Bieber Charted #2 on Itunes Single Chart For 7 Weeks
- 2013 - Shortyo releases the Single "Gangsta" Featuring Miami Singer Kat Dahlia
- 2013 - Gangsta charts in the top 10 for 11 weeks on Apple Singles Charts
- 2013 - Shortyo is selected as a BET "Music Matters" artist.
- 2014 - Gangsta Featuring Kat Dahlia is featured in the premier episode of Law & Order:SVU Season 16
- 2014 - Shortyo releases "Father Forgive Me" on Warner Music featuring Snoop Dogg, Bow Wow, Fabolous, 50 Cent and more.
- 2019 - Shortyo re-releases King Of The Kounty on all digital outlets under Warner Music Group Imprint to commemorate the 10 years since the initial release. The digital album included 4 bonus tracks not on the original release.