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David Shabani


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David Shabani, from Dallas (by way of Paris, Kinshasa, Montreal, and Toronto), is a progressive hip-hop artist in the Austin, Texas social scene.
He has performed at over 50 venues in the state, including the So What Music Festival, South by Southwest, Solstice Music Festival, and Make Music San Antonio Festival and the ESPN X Games in Austin, TX, alongside Mac Miller, Pretty Lights, and Kanye West. In an area where the music culture is expansive and rapidly accelerating, Shabani’s sound keeps pace by blending compellingly personal lyrics with high-energy backbeats that combine to work double time. The result is a product that dually satisfies the late night thrill seeker with stimulating, club pounding rhythms while still providing the idle listener with lyrics that flow in a story-like format.
Influenced by artists like Kid Cudi, Kaytranada, Lupe Fiasco, and Childish Gambino, Shabani identifies with the outsiders of hip hop. His first studio album “Black Hoodies” is an account of coming of age in the early 21st century, related in a driving, relentless style, and told from the perspective of a sharp, witty observer. But Shabani is an artist whose story is progressing fast - on his new release “Austin City Lights,” finds him with a new home in the live music capital of the world.


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