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It’s been seven years since Shame Gang relocated from the D.C. area to Raleigh; in those years, he’s made a name for himself within North Carolina’s local hip-hop scene. He’s performed and headlined local festivals, and opened up for a number of hip-hop heavyweights, including Wu-Tang Clan, formed his own rap collective (Kulture Gang), and curated his own series of hip-hop shows and beat battles (Shame Sundays and Sounds of the Kulture Beat Battle). His inspirations come from artists such as Q-Tip, A Tribe Called Quest, Tupac, Outkast, Bone Thugs & Harmony, and Nas. Like many these of artists, shame got his start to fame by competing in rap battles and distributing his music through local college radio stations. To make sure he’s building a rap career that’s profitable 10 or 20 years from now, instead of focusing on just obtaining support within the triangle, Shame Gang has shifted his energy to winning over listeners across the east coast, and according to 2021 Spotify wrapped stats, his number of listeners he has close to 30,000. His second album, No Safe Haven, was released to rave reviews and also landed him a distribution deal.

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