Shao Sosa – The Gateway Drug

After significant hiatus, the veteran Northwest rapper formerly known as Shaolin releases his sophomore solo album The Gateway Drug under his new handle, Shao Sosa. The project is being released under his label Razor Tongue Music and is led by singles “What Time It Was” (now available on itunes) and “Undeniable”.  The album features vocals from all star crooner Arjay and the young upstart M-Status who both shine on hook duty. Production is handled by a global variety of beatsmiths  including Tyrant, Charlie Ray, Terminill, Nuno, Bryson Foster, P.I. & Dizzy P, and On One  (who also contributes a vicious rap cameo on Ours for the Taking). The record is rounded out with blazing verses from Tacoma heat spitter Illizm and Compton veteran Big Tupp.

No novice on the West Coast hip-hop circuit, Shao has appeared on tracks with big name artists such as Cool Nutz, Jay Tee of N2Deep, Frost, Messy Marv,  and Bay Area legend Mac Dre. Rather than focusing on marquee names to push his product, however, he takes the high road with this release and relies on his own abilities to reel in fans. Born and raised in Washington State’s Tri-Cities area, Shao’s life and music career have been anything but easy; nonetheless, his highly introspective and remarkably honest verbal assemblies are surprisingly positive and empowering. In his focused and deliberately street-wise rhyme style, he bears his heart to all that will listen.  Holding no issue with exposing his own insecurities, he continues to push forward with an impeccable work ethic.

Once on the verge of becoming a dominant force in the ever competitive hip-hop scene, Shao Sosa is now poised to reclaim his position… and take it to the next level. With international production credits, The Gateway Drug showcases Shao’s ability to appeal to a wide variety of hip-hop fans. His lead single “What Time It Was” (featuring Illizm) is an explosive up-tempo party song, while the follow up “Undeniable” (featuring M-Status) is an inspiration to all of those who have suffered through life. The Gateway Drug is currently available and planned for wide release in April 2011. Shao will be taking his brand on tour throughout the West Coast in support of the release.

Contact
Email: shaososa@gmail.com
Twitter: @shaososa
Reverbnation: www.reverbnation.com/shaososa

1. Hello Again
2. Enjoy The Show
3. Everything Ft Arjay
4. Feelin Good Feelin Great
5. 1,2 (Yes Yall)
6. Kiss Of The Dragon Ft Arjay
7. Exhale
8. Rally Ft Big Tupp
9. What Time It Was Ft Illizm
10. Real Good Time
11. Undeniable Ft M-Status
12. And You Know This
13. Love Is Blue
14. Like Geah
15. Ours For The Taking Ft On One
16. Get It All Together Ft Arjay
17. Lover Ft Arjay

Shao Sosa – Feelin Good Feelin Great

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Shao Sosa Ft Arjay – Kiss Of The Dragon

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Shao Sosa Ft Illizm – What Time It Was

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Shao Sosa Ft M-Status – Undeniable

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Shao Sosa – And You Know This

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Shao Sosa – Like Geah

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Shao Sosa Ft On One – Ours For The Taking

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Shao Sosa Ft Arjay – Get It All Together

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3 thoughts on “Shao Sosa – The Gateway Drug

  1. Pork, Shaolin, Certified…. only 509 music i can really listen to… Tri Cities to Sunnyside !!! lol yeahhhh we out here holding the NW down!!!! i wish i could get my hands on this dudes work tho, its impossible to find

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  3. An excellent album that’ll be in my rotation for a long time. Looking forward to the live performances coming through.

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