Mysterious Queens, NY rapper SHIRT is ready to raise the bar into a new age of hip-hop as the multi-talented artist embodies the roles of composer, painter, rap music sculptor and writer. While he began on the outskirts of rap using gimmicks to garner attention including a fake New York Times article and name dropping power players, it was his innovative street albums Rap Money, Nike Adidas Records and Museum that garnered him internet buzz. Third Man ushers in their first rapper with the release of SHIRT's Pure Beauty, an ode to the work of artist John Baldessari whose 1968 conceptual art piece of the same name serves as the album artwork. The record's central theme focuses on beauty in its simplest and rawest form – selected beats are recorded and re-recorded, stripped down and left blaring. Verses exist as first and only takes. iPhone voice memos are dispersed throughout studio recordings; live conversations left unedited. 180g LP with Stoughton tip-on jacket.
"He's a beast of rapper who defines bully bars. If rap were truly a meritocracy, SHIRT would be in the running for King of New York." - Pitchfork
"The mysterious spitter raps his ass off...His wordplay Is insane." – XXL