Kendrick Lamar is easily one of the biggest SHP success stories of recent years. Kendrick did his first major LA show with SHP and we premiered him at the Key Club in February of 2010. The show sold out clean, and the legend himself, Dr. Dre came out on stage to proclaim Kendrick as the new star of hip hop. Since then he has gone on to headline sold out world tours, playing venues and stadiums across the globe.
A hip-hop pioneer and living legend, Too Short practically invented West Coast rap. He began his career slinging tapes out of his car in the early 1980s in Oakland, Calif. Merging pimp game philosophies, thick funk, and hardcore tales of freaky sexcapades, his music was made for players, macks, and gangsters — of which Oaktown had no shortage. His following grew quickly: at one point he reportedly sold 15,000 tapes in a week. His success has continued for more than 20 years. Too Short remains a hugely influential figure in the industry, with frequent cameos on records by everyone from Biggie and Jay-Z to E-40 and Scarface. SHP has a long relationship with Too Short.
Born in California but raised in Detroit, rapper Big Sean made big news in 2007 when he signed with Kanye West’s then-recently formed label, G.O.O.D. Music. West offered him a recording contract and helped set up his debut mixtape, Finally Famous Vol. 1, released in 2007. A second volume arrived in 2009 with a third following in 2010. In October 2010 SHP hosted a sell-out show headlining Big Sean at the Key Club. Shortly after, he would issue his official debut, Finally Famous: The Album, debuting at number three on the Billboard 200 chart. In 2011 SHP hosted Big Sean concerts in Los Angeles and Oakland CA.
YG is an official SHP success story. Here is an artist that grew up in LA, and sold tickets through our company to open up for names that used to be bigger than him. He did the work, kept up his game, made the right moves and now he is a full on headline talent that has rocked with us at the Key Club, El Rey, and across the country in the Knitting Factory of Brooklyn. YG is proof that the hustle CAN pay off. Music is a business and nothing comes for free, but with dedication and talent a breakthrough can come.
The Strokes got signed on an SHP night at The Dragonfly on March 13th 2001. They played at 7:30 and over 200 people showed up.
Plain White T's
Pop-punk/rock band Plain White T’s released their record Every Second Counts back in 2006 with Hollywood Records/Fearless Records. SHP worked with Plain White T’s around Christmas time of 2006. The show was a co-promote with the Knitting Factory and it was a smash hit! Since then the boys have hit #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 with their song “Hey There Delilah”. The Plain White T’s were recently awarded best best pop performance by a duo or group w/ vocals for their song “Hey There Delilah” during the 50th Grammy Awards.
Machine Gun Kelly
There’s nothing more inspiring than someone who’s lived your story, and Ohio MC Machine Gun Kelly’s resilience has become a beacon of hope for thousands of kids across America. Penning rhymes about everything from addiction to family issues, Kelly has become a symbol of relentless perseverance for his fans. “I got the name Machine Gun Kelly because of my rapid-fire delivery when I was 15 and started doing shows,” says Kelly. Nicknamed MGK by his fans, the MC released his first mixtape Stamp of Approval in 2006. Building a local fan base, Kelly performed at Cleveland venues like Hi-Fi, Peabodies and anywhere else he could spit. But it was a trip to New York’s famed Apollo Theater in 2009 that really gave him his start. SHP first hosted MGK in 2011, and we’ve had him back many times since then.
Future is an American rapper and singer from the Kirkwood neighborhood of Atlanta, Georgia, who is signed to Epic Records, A1 Recordings and his own label Freebandz. After releasing a series of successful mixtapes between 2010 and 2011, Future signed a major label deal and in April 2012 released his debut album Pluto to positive reviews. The album spawned 5 singles, which charted on the Billboard Hot 100, and was later re-released in November as Pluto 3D. SHP started working with Future in 2012, with plans to bring him back for more.
If you’ve been paying any attention to hip hop in the past decade, J. Cole is a rapper who needs little introduction. Often referred to as Jay-Z’s protege, this is a man who made success on his own terms. In 2010 and 2011, SHP hosted J. Cole in Los Angeles, Tempe, and Scottsdale AZ.
Acclaimed hip-hopper, Lupe Fiasco performed his first LA show with SHP back in July of 2006 at the Key Club. The show was sold out and a smash hit! Later that year Lupe was nominated for a Grammy for his album, “Food & Liquor”. Most recently he was awarded best urban/alternative performance during the 50th award ceremony for his song “Day Dreamin” featuring Jill Scott.
Synonymous with Bay Area rap, E-40 garnered a regional following, and eventually a national one, with his flamboyant raps, while his entrepreneurial spirit, embodied by his homegrown record label, Sick Wid’ It Records, did much to cultivate a flourishing rap scene to the east of San Francisco Bay, in communities such as Oakland and his native Vallejo. Along with Too Short, Spice 1, and Ant Banks, E-40 was among the first Bay Area rappers to sign to a major label, penning a deal with Jive Records in 1994. The master of language has since blown up into the phenomenon he is today. SHP has been doing concerts with E-40 across the country for years.
An electro-hop group from Hollywood that consists of DJ/rappers Redfoo and Sky Blu, LMFAO is currently signed to Interscope Records. They have a single titled “I’m in Miami Trick” which peaked at #60 on the Billboard Hot 100. They played a show with SHP in 2008 at the Temple Bar in Santa Monica.
One Republic (formerly known as Republic) first collaborated with SHP in 2003 at the Viper Room in Hollywood. Since then, they captivated our attention at such venues as The Roxy and Key Club, and eventually signed to Velvet Hammer/Columbia Records. After a brief stint on Columbia , they moved to Interscope Records/Mosley Music Group. In 2007 they released “Dreaming Out Loud” their debut album featuring the song “Apologize”. The single has gone triple platinum and peaked at #3 in the Top 40.
Sara Bareilles has toured with Mika, Brett Dennen, Javier Dunn, and even Maroon 5! Her coming out gig was a labor day Saturday back in 2005 at the House of Blues Sunset.She signed a contract with Epic Records’ A&R executive Pete Giberga in April 2005 and has achieved mainstream success in 2007 with the single “Love Song”, which brought her into the Top 5 on the Billboard pop charts.