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 100 shows 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. In his power-grip double album Leopards Leap || Must Not Weep, Shabani dives headfirst, unflinchingly, into deeply personal narratives that connect and resonate on a universal level, elevating his voice through an intertwined texture of R&B, hip-hop/alternative hip-hop and pulsating electronica. There is love, and there is hope, but no small talk and no delusion. Despite his global perspective, Shabani’s storytelling is universally appealing - tracks like “Three Years” & “How Can I” make you feel a sense of world-weariness even as you want to nod your head along with the beat.
David Shabani’s music has been streamed over 500,000 times on Apple Music, Spotify, and YouTube. He’s headlined and opened sold out shows in Austin and Dallas, has over 50 original songs available on all major music platforms, a collection of cinematic-style music videos, and even a growing clothing-line with his IFGRN brand. As all this momentum continues to ascend, Shabani is definitely one to watch.
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