Put Hip Hop, Reggae, awesome Metal Guitars and Bass lines, a bit of 311 + Limp Bizkit + Video Game Culture, graphic design, New York City Urban Culture from a group of talented artsts with a disregard for the rules and you have yourself one hell of a band called Shinobi Ninja.
Shinobi Ninja is an American rock band from Brooklyn, New York. The band is known for high-energy performances and eclectic sound, blending music genres such as Hip Hop, Punk, Funk, Metal, Reggae, Electronic, and Rock.
On this Mixtape Shinobi Ninja is sharing 5 great free tracks, including 2 hit-tracks from their 2014 album “Escape from New York” (“What If Times” and “Gloom Doom”) and “Honey Trap” from their 2015 album “Artistic Visions”
Web Site: http://shinobininja.com/
TRACKS ON THIS MIXTAPE
Prior to joining the band, Edara Johnson was a professional dancer, performing for such artists as Rihanna, Santigold, Jason Derulo, Ricky Martin, Mylène Farmer, Cassie, P. Diddy, LL Cool J, Nelly, and Daddy Yankee.In 2006, she made an appearance in the video “Long Way To Go” by Cassie.
Meanwhile, Hrdina and both Machinists were in a band called Stalley & The Wax Machine, which broke up in early 2008. Shinobi Ninja formed shortly afterward. Several members of the band met at a rehearsal and recording studio in The Film Center Building called Progressive Music in the Hell’s Kitchen neighborhood of New York City. D.A., Simone, and M. Machinist worked at the studio, and Johnson took vocal classes there.
In 2010, their original bass player Simone left the band, and Alien Lex replaced him.
Of the 6 members of the band only Duke Sims & Alien Lex are original from Brooklyn, both being born and raised in Bensonhurst. Lead Singer Baby G is from Lawrence, Massachusetts. The Twins Mike & Dave are from Piermont, New York. Axis Powers is originally from Toronto, Canada.
Baby G — Vocals
Alien Lex — Bass Guitar
Terminator Dave — Drums
DJ Axis Powers — Turntables
Kid Shreddi aka Maniak Mike — Guitar
(D.A.),Doobie aka Duke Sims — Vocals, Guitar
The band has performed alongside a variety of artists, including Tom Morello, George Clinton & Parliament-Funkadelic, Robert Glasper & Erykah Badu, Black Sheep, Das EFX, The Black Keys, Das Racist, Azealia Banks, Schoolly D, Dinco D, AFI, Thirty Seconds To Mars, Linkin Park, Slightly Stoopid, Fishbone, Dumpstaphunk, John Brown’s Body, Collie Buddz, Chiddy Bang, The Memorials, Thomas Pridgen, Trust Company, Mike Posner, Young Dirty Bastard, Angelo Moore, Green Jelly, Dog Fashion Disco, DJ Skribble, Saigon Kick, Smif-n-Wessun, John Forté, Homeboy Sandman, Bad Rabbits, Beebs & Her Money Makers, Sadat X, M-1, Les Nubians, Tokyo Police Club, Cage, and Rise Against.
MEDIA AND APPEARANCES
On January 28, 2010, the band released “Shinobi Ninja Attacks!”, a Nintendo-style video game album for iPhone, iPod, and iPad. The game was featured in the Apple Store’s “Hot New Games” section and downloaded over 10,000 times. They are the first independent band to release an app based on their likeness and music.
Baby G was featured as the coach in an episode of MTV’s MADE (TV Series), which premiered in October 11, 2010.
In February 2011, the band placed second in the “Artist On The Verge” at The New Music Seminar (NMS) in Los Angeles. Former winners include artists such as Nirvana, Madonna, and the Red Hot Chili Peppers.
“Stop” was featured in the third episode (“El Diablo”) of the American television drama series The Killing, which aired on April 10, 2011 on AMC. “El Diablo” was watched by 2.56 million viewers.
The video game NBA 2K12, released October 4, 2011, features the Shinobi Ninja song “Rock Hood”. As of April 2012, sales had reached 4 million units.
“Rock Hood” is featured in the video game Tap Tap Revenge 3. The franchise has combined sales of over thirty-five million as of September 2009, making it one of the best-selling video game franchises of all time.
A Haunted House 2 Soundtrack album, released April 2014 for the American comedy horror film. The song “Amped To 12” by Shinobi Ninja was written specifically for the film and is the only song to play during the film as well as playing as soon as the film cuts to credits.
On April 26th, 2015, the song “What If Times” won the award for Best Video at The MOVE Music Video Awards.
On July 12, 2009, the band played the Afropunk Festival on a block in Brooklyn, NY opening for John Forté.
In 2010 & 2011 the band played Summerfest opening for Slightly Stoopid (2010) & Rise Against (2011).
On August 6, 2011, the band played the first ever 311 Pow Wow Festival with Sublime, Deftones, Mix Master Mike, and G Love, amongst others.
On July 28, 2012, the band played the opening set at the first ever Catalpa Festival on Randall’s Island.