Born in New Haven, CT, Notar’s had two huge influences that have affected him from day one. First there’s his family’s work ethic. Having owned a grocery story in Hamden for generations, Notar’s never known a time when his family wasn’t doing for self. Second is his family’s musical side. His father was a trumpet player and it wouldn’t be long before Notar followed in his musical footsteps. Half Italian and half Lebanese, Notar went his own route musically, and it’s done him well. An emcee backed by a full band, Notar recently caught the ear of Counting Crows frontman Adam Duritz, who started a label and quickly inked Notar to a deal.
Now residing in NYC, Notar has made a name for himself in the hip-hop scene there, as well, most notably at Freestyle Mondays. This week I caught up with Notar to find out more about his music, how the closing of Sin Sin, which was the longtime home of Freestyle Mondays, affected him, and how seriously we should take his blog’s title of Notar for President.
Introducing the music video for “Grey Area," the first single off The Push, the independent debut album by Los Angeles artist/producer Shane Eli. Working with a small budget, but equipped with conviction and creativity, this emerging talent has raised the bar.
Deeply personal, the video is a reflection on Shane's coming of age experience, focusing on his conflicted relationship with race and his struggle with the father who abandoned him. Ultimately hopeful, Grey Area expresses Shane's determination to transcend all labels that have been placed on him.
Powerful and poignant, Grey Area addresses its sensitive theme with candor and maturity. The independently produced, music video for Grey Area offers a glimpse at the scope of Eli’s artistic expression.
Shane Eli & The Pusherman will be performing LIVE in concert as an opening act for J. Cole this Saturday, November 20th at the Key Club on the Sunset Strip in L.A.
Also, don't forget to check out Shane Eli on Facebook and Twitter and feel free to share (post/retweet) the Grey Area video.
More Shane Eli updates to come!
ABOUT SHANE ELI Shane Eli is a Canadian-born, U.S.-raised artist/songwriter/producer. He is credited with producing the Diggy Simmons single, What They Been Waiting For, before releasing his debut independent album, The Push, in June 2010. The Push was written, recorded and produced by Eli himself in the bedroom of his L.A. apartment. The project was mixed by Damien Lewis (whose credits include Michael Jackson, Katy Perry, Beyoncé, Usher, Mary J. Blige, Taio Cruz), and mastered by Jermaine Dupri’s go-to engineer, Johnny Horesco (who has worked with the likes of Usher, Mariah Carey, Nelly, Whitney Houston, Collective Soul, Monica and more).
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