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William G. Shields, better known as Jehst or a slew of aliases including The High Plains Drifter and Jay Star, is an English rapper and co-founder of hip hop label YNR.


Born in Kent in '79, Jehst spent his early childhood in Crowboroughmarker in Sussex before moving to Huddersfieldmarker where he experienced the bleak realities of the post-industrial north, which have been such an influence on his lyrical style. After schooling Jehst moved to the Harrow Campus of the University of Westminstermarker to study illustration and English Literature.

His debut release came in 1999 with the Premonitions EP on YNR, which he co-founded with Leeds hip-hop artist, Tommy Evans. His solo career extended further when he appeared on Task Force's EP Voice of the Great Outdoors (2000) with the track 'Cosmic Gypsies', which resulted in a long time association with Low Life Records. The release of four 12" records on the same label soon followed, while at around the same time in 2002 Jehst was also a pivotal member of the seven man group 'Champions of Nature', whose members included AM, Apollo, L. Dolo, Lewis Parker, Profound and Supa T. The group eventually released two EP's before disbanding, but not before the final release of the highly acclaimed full-length The Return of the Drifter. Issued in June 2002, it was a double release with an accompanying 11-track CD of the same name. This was essentially a collection of previously released tracks and a cross-section of Jehst's work up to that point.

Following a steady rise of success in the underground hip hop scene, a handful of guest appearances soon followed. Furthermore, Shields had begun collaborating with producers such as Evil Ed, Harry Love and Lewis Parker to further enhance his status as an established figure within the British hip hop scene. In 2003 he unveiled his debut album Falling Down, which featured guest appearances from Lewis Parker, The Sundragon, Usmaan and Klashnekoff. Jehst's next solo installment came in the form of the 2005 effort, Nuke Proof Suit. The following year saw Jehst's production project, Jehst Presents: Underworld Epics come to fruition. In 2007 The Mengi Bus Mixtape was released, accompanied by a string of live shows including a small run of shows in Australia.

Shields has also released material under the name 'Billy Brimstone' on his own label, YNR; the same label responsible for many up and coming and established British hip hop artists.

Prior deciding to focus full time on his music, Jehst was a founding member of graffiti crew TCS - The Chemical Souls (previously FSB - Full Scale Burners) in Halifax / Huddersfield with Spymad and Reap. While not very prolific due to music commitments Jehst was considered a talented and accomplished wall writer for a short time and was highly influential on his peers. The influence of TCS is still evident in graffiti of the area today.



Singles and EPs



  • 'Alien' from Evil Ed's 12" The Tournament Round One (2000)
  • 'Cosmic Gypsies' from Task Force's Voice of the Great Outdoors EP (2000)
  • 'Riviera Hustle' from Braintax's album Biro Funk (2001)
  • 'Communications', 'Cold Sun' and 'Seasons Of Espionage' from the Lewis Parker album It's all happening Now (2002)
  • 'It's All Live' from DJ MK's compilation Westwood UK Hip Hop 2002 Vol. 1
  • 'Adventures In New Bohemia' and 'City Sickness' from the Low Life Records compilation Food (2003)
  • 'Freedom Fighters' from The Answer & Genesis mixtape FTP Radio Vol 17 (2003)
  • 'Weed' from Evil Ed's mixtape The Enthusiast (2004)
  • 'Freestyle Exclusive' from DJ Louis Slipperz mixtape Task Force Presents DJ Loius Slipperz: £10 Bag, Volume 1 (2004)
  • 'The Guns Of Navarone' from the Micall Parknsun album The Working Class Dad (2005)
  • 'E.V' and 'Suicide' from the LG & Biscuit album Smoke Rings (2006)
  • 'Souls Of The Unborn' from the Kashmere album In The Hour Of Chaos (2006)
  • 'Concrete Shoes' from the Sir Smurf Lil album Myalpha (2006)
  • 'Money in the Bank' and 'Findaz Keepaz' from the Asaviour album The Borrowed Ladder (2006)
  • 'Equal Portions' from the Verb T album Bring It Back To Basics (2006)
  • 'Water Torture' from Cee Why's album Kidulthood OST (2006)
  • 'Winterland' from the Verb T and The Last Skeptik album Broken Window (2007)
  • 'Centre of the Sun' from the Kashmere album Raiders of the Lost Archives (2008)
  • 'Sleepy Little Town' from the Jack Flash album The Union Jack Album (2008, Klink Records)
  • 'We Won't Mind' from the Thundamentals album Sleeping On Your Style (2009)


"Move" With Micall Parknsun, From HMD's One Pursuit 2007

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