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King Shampz flirts with speed on the new single “Autobahn”

King Shampz and Azaan | Photo by Bob Sweeney
King Shampz and Azaan | Photo by Bob Sweeney | courtesy of the artist

Philly rapper King Shampz has been rocking a slew of great singles from his upstart label Dead Wrong Records over the past year, championing artists like Frio and Blak. Today, he’s firmly back in the driver’s seat with “Autobahn” – he tells us the song is inspired by his love of fast cars and by basketball player Drazen Petrovic, who he’s a fan of. “Drazen died on the Autobahn,” says Shampz. “And I felt like this was a lyrical race.” Continue reading →

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Listen to “Beware of the Wrong” by King Shampz, get hype for his Dead Wrong Records compilation

King Shampz | photo via instagram.com/kingshampz
King Shampz | photo via instagram.com/kingshampz

Philly rapper King Shampz caught our ear last year with All Hail The King, a mixtape that hits hard and made our roundup of five standouts from the Philly hip-hop underground. A year later and Shampz is getting set to make a lot of noise with Dead Wrong Records, his DIY imprint with producer and creative collaborator Azaan (who also happens to be his brother). Over the next several months, Shampz and Dead Wrong plan to release singles from Frio – a Chester-based atmospheric MC who got some love on the House of Cool mixtape a couple years back – as well as Caution – a 22-year-old New York MC who’s been working his Breaking and Entering mixtape, released last September – and Blak – a West Philly rapper with a personal, introspective outlook and rhymes about day-to-day life. The singles will culminate in a label showcase compilation of sorts this winter, and the project kicks off with Shampz’ latest single “Beware of the Wrong.” Continue reading →

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Five mixtapes from the Philly hip hop scene you need to hear right now

Yikes the Zero: a Philly hip hop artist to watch
Yikes the Zero | Photo by Dom Savini | DomSavini.com

A couple weeks ago, I was trading Twitter messages with King Shampz, a Philly rapper on the come-up, and he said something that really struck me. “I’m trying to show people that there’s more to this city than Meek Mill.” With all due respect to Meek and everything he’s done in drawing outside eyes to the Philly hop hop scene, there are so many talented MCs on the grind and so few who get to the level of recognition as him. Or, say, the level of The Roots – though it should be noted, even they took 15 years to reach celebrity status. It can be a tough road, but the Philly hip hop community is a hotbed of talent, and people should sit up and listen, even when they’re not names you’ll recognize. (Especially when they’re not names you’ll recognize.) Here’s a rundown of five releases / Bandcamp EPs / mixtapes from the Philadelphia scene that impressed me this summer, and why you should lend them your ears. Continue reading →