Published on June 17th, 2016 | by Dr. Jerry Doby


Rapper Shane talks new EP ‘Too Busy To Be This Broke’

Too Busy To Be This Broke, the new EP from Charlotte NC’s Rapper Shane (@realrappershane) arrives tomorrow June 17, 2016. The EP, a five song collaborative project between Shane and Eardrummers producer Ducko McFli, will be the first official release under the Rapper Shane moniker after abandoning his former stage name, Stranger Day.  “Too Busy…” follows Stranger Day’s 2014 release, “Graves”.

Rapper Shane took time out of his busy schedule to answer a few questions for us…we got a sneak peak at the project and it’s a dynamic musical journey. Charlotte has a winner, here’s a little taste:

From the outside looking in, who is Rapper Shane?

Minor dirtbag, major rapper. Self-proclaimed, Rap music extraordinaire and purveyor of fine parties everywhere. For a good time call…

What brought you to the entertainment industry, music specifically?

Just being a fan of rap music for so long, at some point around 16 yrs old, I wanted to contribute. Always loved writing and *ish talking, so rap was nice fit. It really started when I met a buddy in High School (shouts to Colin Grahm) who introduced me to more boom bap/backpack rap, and I realized there was more to rap than just what I had grown up Listening to. Like yeah I sold weed and stole some clothes and , but I was not robbing fools and whipping bricks so when I saw there was other *ish to talk about I got interested in telling my story etc…For the record I am a fan of both brick whipping rap and non-haha

What do you want people get from your music?

I would like to think I make listeners think on some life *ish and also on some lets escape/party *ish. I hope people think ” this dude has bars as much as he loves to sit at them” type *ish haha. I’m just telling my story, about dude from Charlotte NC … lifestyle music *ish, everyday *ish, with a touch of escapism I guess? I’ve been doing this rap *ish for like 16 years, I’ve experienced a lot of life, I just rap about it really.

Tell us about your current project.

Ducko and I have been buds for several years. I was down in Atlanta hanging with him and we just chopped it up on some music *ish and discussed doing an EP together. He’s a super talented producer, I’m stoked to have worked with him. The idea behind the EP was to pick some beats that each stood out in their own right and showcase what I can do rap wise with them. It’s like a little sampler of what’s to come later this year.   My dude Justin As well helped oversee the project and engineer it all.. he really brought it to life. I, also have a feature from a good homie and amazing rapper by the name of Jams. We are both southern boys who grew up on Professional Wrestling so when I put that Dusty Rhodes sample on “Hard Time Blues” I knew he was the man for the Job haha.

For new listeners, what song of yours would you pick as an introduction to you as an artist?

Very tough question as I previously mentioned, each song kind of showcases something different. I feel “Started” does a great job highlighting what I do rap wise. It has that “classic” feel Beat wise, blends old with new. Lyric wise it’s pretty honest and straight to the point.. hard hitting jam all the way around in my opinion. But again, it’s just one jam, everyone who has heard the project has a different favorite so I don’t really even know to be honest.

Tell us a bit about your work and passions OUTSIDE of music…

I am a part of a crew called Permanent Vacation x A Deep Fried Family ( It consists of many creative types and party goers. From music *ish of all genres to film/ photo stuff to designers, graf writers, skaters etc etc. The idea is we all rep the common goal of “going for it” in whatever the fuck we all do as individuals, but under one umbrella we can help each other out and grow our network etc. We also sell apparel and throw a *ish ton of rad parties. I have a boutique promotions company I do with some folks called Know Good Ent, we bring a lot of smaller but mega legit acts that might skip Charlotte otherwise such as DJ Earl, to a Wolf Eyes etc. I guess that about sums it up? I like old cars, I suck at working on them but it’s tight .. currently stay dumping money into my 66 Riviera. It’s weird typing about yourself ya know?

Last but not least, HYPE wants to know…What’s your CRAZIEST “Where they do that at?!” aka WTF?! moment…

I don’t even know where to start here, I feel my life is a series of answers for this question haha. Recently, I was at the shoe club ( you know, where they only wear shoes) with Elevator Jay and Grip Plyaz and my dude Ahuf was Djing.. for Bridget the Midget. Ahuf has a slight fear of little people so Bridget walked up and sprayed him with Titty milk. That’s was kinda rad. Not the craziest but a good story nonetheless!


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