When trap and crunk music were popular in Atlanta, The Shop Boyz (Demetrius “Meany” Hardin, Richard “Fat” Stephens and Rasheed “Sheed” Hightower) were experimenting with an edgier sound and style, layering guitar riffs, violin, heavy bass, and drums against hip-hop tracks creating a sound they call “Hood Rock.” Their breakout single, “Party Like A Rock Star” was like nothing you’d ever heard before.
Three rappers from Bankhead, Atlanta’s westside smashing guitars and making mosh pit music against hip-hop beats. The Shop Boyz push even further into uncharted terrain going from hip-hop to hood rock and everything in between, experimenting with rock, country music, reggae, electronic dance music on 5 new songs that will be released digitally in 2015. “We’re hard-core hip-hop fans, but we don’t look at ourselves like hip-hop artists anymore. We’re trend setters” states Fat.
Fans of their first album, Rockstar Mentality, will be excited to hear the guitar riff again on “BornTo Be Bad,” an after-party for “Party Like A Rockstar;” Sheed calls reggae inspired, “Party All
Night,” an anthem for the people who work Monday-Friday but let loose on the weekend.” The
party continues on “Sunrise,” an electronic rave dance track that Sheed says, “will send you into