The Break Presents: The Incomparable Shakespeare

Breakout: “Something 2 Believe”

Also Check: “Hometown”

And: “4.0″

Name: The Incomparable Shakespeare

Age: My industry age or the age on my birth certificate? Hmmmm… I’m younger than Yeezy, but older than Wiz. Does that constitute as an answer?

Reppin’: Flatbush, Brooklyn and kids with ambition everywhere

My style and/or skills have been compared to: Mozart meets Humphrey Bogart. I’m like Slick Rick if he had an infatuation with all things Ralph Lauren minus the eye patch. If Jay-Z and Lauryn Hill had a love child, it would sound like me.

My standout records and/or moments have been: “Hometown.” I feel its a “beautiful” song in a genre that doesn’t typically produce beautiful music. Plus the video created opportunities for me. Viacom hedging their bets on the video and putting it in rotation despite the sample not being cleared was a pretty big deal in my opinion. As far as moments, I think my appearances on RapFix were memorable because they were validating. Between Rick Ross and MMG showing love or simply watching and hearing everyone’s reactions during my verse in the year end cipher, it was all amazing. I swear Jim Jones was about to spit out champagne during certain lines. Sway, Maino, and Consequence showed a crazy amount of love afterwards, and it genuinely meant a lot.

I’m gonna change the game by: Making music people will define their lives to. Don’t get me wrong, there’s great music out right now, but a lot of it is fluff. Its cool to sing along to and dance to, but it often comes at the expense of being meaningful or relevant. The goal is making music that does all 3; makes you sing, dance, and touches your spirit. I want the 4th grader to hear one of my songs and decide they want to pursue Hip-Hop as a career. I want the college student to hear “4.0″ and really relate to it. I want to meet the young couple that will say “Leading Lady” defined their relationship. I’m making music that serves as the soundtrack to people’s lives. I’m putting heart and feeling back in the music.

I’d Like to Work With: Raphael Saadiq, Mark Ronson, Salaam Remi, Nicki Minaj, Dave Grohl, Timbaland, Beres Hammond, Kanye, Black Thought, Weezer, and too many other to mention…honestly

My goal in hip-hop is: To be the hybrid. I’m gunning to be the artist that lives at the top of the charts, but is also revered as the best in my craft. Another goal is to give the art form some credibility because I’m a firm believer that most people don’t fully understand how brilliant some of our writers are. They don’t see the skill or technique that goes into an ill 16 beyond how it sounds. They never peep the compound rhyme schemes, the alliteration, or transitional thoughts that make up a dope verse or song. I want to transcend the genre. The true goal is to become huge enough that I can steer the direction of the culture and have a meaningful impact.

I’m gonna be the next: I’m not the next anything, but the first Incomparable Shakespeare. BOOM!

To check out more of my music go to: twitter: @shakybaby – http://facebook.com/shakeinkmusic – http://shakeink.com – youtube.com/shakeink

  • Fred

    That first video goes hard. Dude seems interesting. I’m a check for him

  • Joeey123

    I’m feeling that Hometown video. I like this dude’s flow. I’d like to hear more from him.

  • http://jonsolomusic.com brooklynsolo

    greta interview! music is effortless to shake. i’ve worked with world class, unbelievably talented musicians from all over the world, and shakespeare is above them, and i’m not just saying that. check out ‘mix mssg’ too!

  • Silver

    And this is only the beginning of the journey to the top……BANG!!!

  • Dude

    Dude is tight. lets see how he maneuvers through these chump artists.

  • SB

    Lyrics, Music…NICE!

  • http://www.urbandigital.me vaughn holloway

    The Incomparable Shakespeare is one of the dopest artists ( peep i said artist) that I’ve met in a long time, timeless flow, pure hip hop, no special ingredients or preservatives. We need more artists like this

  • Chilly P

    Get with this the boy is hot something to believe, 4.0 and you know. As soon as he puts out his album I am on it.

  • Angie

    Shakespeare is the SHIT! Such a lyrical genius and very versatile…one of the best of his time. Soooo looking forward to getting his album when it drops…I can imagine how sick it will be!

  • Tys

    Just what hip-hop is crying out for, dope songs from college educated brotha that can appeal to every one. I’m looking forward to his next video and E.P. If you haven’t checked out “British Invasion” your missing out. I’m a fan.

  • MH80

    Love his sound – flow is sick!

  • Jay DaKid

    gotta love it! keep reaching shake! kid!

  • OrginalBKNative

    Dope. Inspiring. Uplifting. Orginal in Rap.

    I’m a Fan. I want more.

  • rick

    He came out to the west coast last year and did a few shows out here. Got a chance to peep him, dope stuff, especially the british invasion project.

  • http://www.djconcerned.com DJ Concerned

    I’ve been diggin’ Shake’s music for years. He keeps coming with great concepts, fierce lyrics and top notch production. If he gets the backing of a label, I believe his music will have mass appeal. How do you market a rapper with a 4.0? Like this!!!

  • h

    unfortunately, big sean did “hometown” a lil better. For my city…the D