Hip Hop / A'cappella
LOS ANGELES, California
A native of New York’s Lower East Side and a current resident and local legend of Los Angeles, Shihan is undoubtedly one of the most dynamic spoken word artists of our generation. This National Poetry Slam Champion (2004) and National Poetry Slam Finalist(2nd in 2001, 5th in 2003 and 3rd in 2005) has been featured on a variety of media outlets such as 6 appearances on HBO’s Def Poetry, NBC, Oprah Winfrey’s Oxygen Network, Al Gore’s Current TV, Nike’s Battlegrounds, Reebok, Adidas, NBA, CNN, Artisan Films’ Belly DVD, Complex and Billboard Magazine, several national commercial spots, 5 National Tours including the Tony Award Winning Russell Simmons presents Def Poetry Jam International Tour and 2 upcoming spoken word documentaries with theatrical releases, SP!T and the sequel to 1997’s cult doc Slam Nation, Slam Planet. His abilities to transcend cultural and generational boundaries have made Shihan a much sought after talent. In addition, Shihan has independently released 2 CD’s The Poet and Music Is The New Cotton which have both received critical praise for their honesty and creativity. —————————————————————————————– For the past 10 years, Shihan has been co-hosting Da' Poetry Lounge, the nation's largest open mic night held in Hollywood, CA. This very busy man is also the official producer of Spoken Word Fest at the Pan African Film Festival (the world's largest and most prestigious black film festival), and is currently working on a follow up to 'The Poet' tentatively titled 'The Balance.'—————————————————————————————–
Shihan’s 5th CD, “The Balance” is set for a September 21st Release on Prototype Records. On “The Balance,” Shihan combines his hip-hop with his poetry and winds up with an absolute masterpiece of a record. The album consists of all new material. 18 tracks moving from traditional hip-hop to a cappella poetry, with selections produced by Dert, Benny Tones, D'mon Fingaz and Dro The Least. It's Poetry the way only a few can deliver - intelligent, free flowing, fresh as can be, and with plenty of substance and style. 'Full Time' a live DVD featuring performances and over an hour of previously never relased footage is being released 1st quarter 2009.
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