Born Shauron McClary, Shauron spent half his life in Jersey Cities Duncan Project and the other half in at the time suburb of Newark, Irvington New Jersey. Raised by his grandfather (his mothers father). The elder of two boys Shauron was an inquisitive and bright child who learned about Hip-Hop from his older cousin Carlton "Ease" McClary.
"I use to go to the record store and buy cd singles just for the instrumentals, then go in my basement where I set 2 radios and recorded my self."
Shauron began writing raps at 11 years old. By high school, he'd taken on the name "Shay-Rock" given to him by his aunt Toni, and continued secretly recording himself in his basement. One day he told his childhood friends Andrew "A.D.S.P" Golson, Derek Edwards, and Eugene "Mari" Reed about his recordings