This group blends hip-hop, jazz and indie beats, mixing smart MCs with fleet-fingered musicians to merge rap’s golden era with the electric sizzle of ‘70s funky jazz. Miami’s hometown heroes play an unflappable blend of sunny old-school sounds with an organic live touch and triumphant positive rhymes.
Jazz Cat. Traditionalist. Pop Icon. Rapper. Rocker. Shamarr Allen is none of the above. The New Orleans trumpeter and vocalist who leads his own funk band, the Underdawgs, is making his mark on the national landscape as an artist determined not to be pigeonholed into any one genre. And his mounting fandom is enjoying the ride.
His rock/funk/hip-hop band, The Underdawgs is set to release their debut CD in April of 2009, aptly entitled, "Box Who In?" A bold statement against being categorized under any one genre, the widely anticipated release promises a radical departure from Frenchman Street and takes listeners back to where Jimi Hendrix and Miles Davis left off.
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