10.27.2011

SHARKULA - The Man, The Myth, The Shark


About 6 months ago, I was in a diner in Noble Square at 5:00 getting some late night chow with friends. There were a couple of guys that were selling hip-hop cd's with covers mass produced at kinkos and sharpie labeled. I said what the hell and gave him $10 bucks for 3 cd's. Amongst the graffiti hyroglyphs on the cover I could make out Sharkula.com, 773 508 6654, No Facebook, MR Diffy Feb 17 2011 and letterhead from the Siskel Film Center.


I didn't get to them till about a week or two later. Sharkula sounds like the smoothest drunken freestyler ever ... that is meant as a compliment. This guy's got the rap attention span of a stoner with munchies at the 7-11. Yet he's got the vibe of the most laidback cat in the world. The love for his art cannot be denied.

After some investigation, I discovered that Sharkula aka Brian Wharton aka Thigahmahjiggee, or Thig is a Chicago native who's been earning a living hitting the pavement to sell his music straight to the man since the 90's. He's often accompanied on his songs with Jams Dean the Rapper.

There's a great Reader artticle on him here ~ Sharkula Hip-Hop Hustler. He's also got a documentary out. Short one below and full Sharkula: Diarrhea of a Madman available at local record shops everywhere. Check him out, support this bro and if you see him on the street, show some love.

Still Sharkula - Documentary


Sharkula


Apparently, Sharkula's got a fan page on facebook @ http://www.facebook.com/pages/Sharkula/112073495472239

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