While trying to track down info on a record that I’m hooked on, Cosiner’s Bittersuites (scant info on this guy), I came across fellow Oaklander, Shing02. The two collaborated on the album 400: Cosiner as producer, Shing02 as MC. Unfortunately, none of those tracks are available as MP3s. What is available is sampling of Shing02’s work across the past several years. Born in Tokyo and raised in Tanzania, England, and Japan, Shing02 ended up in Oakland via Berkeley in the early ’90s immersing himself in its, now world-famous, hip hop scene. Bouncing easily back and forth across the Pacific Ocean, Shing02 is building a steady arsenal of recordings and armies of followers, spreading peace and respect rhyme by rhyme.

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