Saturday, August 16, 2008

Newest Million DJ March Performer: Sha Stimuli

Stimuli officially stepped on the hip hop scene at 14, appearing on Master Ace’s Slaughter House LP. When Lord Digga began producing tracks for the Notorious BIG, Stimuli had the privilege of being in the studio while Biggie recorded Ready to Die. He quickly became Stimuli’s lyrical icon. When the hip hop world was rocked by the tragic and untimely death of the King of New York, Stimuli knew it was time to step up, grab the torch, and go full throttle with his gift of lyricism.

Being armed with a dangerous flow, and equipped for the grind to come, Stimuli emerged on to the mix tape circuit, leaving a blazing trail of tracks on some of the hottest mix tapes in rotation. In 2003, Stimuli attacked the music scene with the release of his first mix-tape “Let Me Show You the Way”, where he unleashed his smooth, conversation like flow, combined with sarcasm and metaphorical genius. Often called “the voice of the people”, his grind had now created a serious buzz in the streets and industry alike. Testimony to that came in October, with Stimuli being named The Source Magazine’s “Unsigned Hype”.

In 2004, proclaimed to be the “next best thing “to come out of Brooklyn since Biggie and Jay-Z, Stimuli released his second mix-tape, “Follow My Lead”. His witty, complex verses made you quickly press rewind. In 2005, staying loyal to his fans Stimuli dropped “Switch Sides”, a CD/DVD combination where he masters the art of storytelling. Similar to the hard baseline of a track, Stimuli’s voice is like the missing instrument. Street credibility and industry recognition continued to grow, and Stimuli caught the eye of Lenny S, then A & R of Virgin Records and negotiated a major label deal.

In 2005, Stimuli displayed his musical talent on a worldwide scale, performing in the first “I Love Hip Hop Tour” in Morocco. After being featured in many of the elite urban publications, performing at various venues, and making radio station appearances in late 2006, Stimuli released “New York State Of Mine “. The mix tape is an official throwback, echoing the classic sounds of New York hip hop, with features from Joel Ortiz, Memphis Bleek, Peedi Peedi, and Maino, with lyrics strong enough to take the city by storm. In August 2007, Stimuli won Best Lyricist for Urban Threshold’s 5th Annual Underground Music Awards, recognition that was well deserved, and a precursor to all that is to come. To date Stimuli can be found in the studio working diligently on his debut album, “Thee Emotion Picture”, an upcoming feature film with Terrence Howard called “Fighting”, several tv promos with MTV2 and BET and a lead role for indie film “Gotta Get Mines”.

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