"I'm not a Beginner, Amateur or Local.... my album is selling, because of my vocal"--KRS1, circa '87
Troyzand Medina, aka Shogun'z Revenge, is the nearest incarnation of the Shogun form. He is half Simcee, half midday shadow.
His latest release, Demo - feat. Rival Agent, is making its way through the entertainment media matrix in much the same way Troy navigated the cliquish pitfalls of musicianship in St. Louis.
Troy has spent the better part of the last decade, floating in and out of the various villages of St. Louis' Hip-Hop and alt-rock communities. Whether you hail from the West Side, North Side, South Grand, U. City, North County, East Side, or wherever--Troyzand Medina has probably been to your show, crashed on your couch, or rocked your stage as an emissary of emceeing.
The brother writes his rhymes on scrolls, dig?
Simply bored with the rhythm standards of 1/4 time and downbeat in general, Troy--then known as Dark Skan Shogun --set out from Page and Minerva determined to merge his talent for persona-class' rhyming and hunger for overdrive-driven performance into one, seamless, creative capacity.
This quest has turned into a Way unto itself, both introspective and gregarious. His wordplay is unique if not fantastic and relies on listener enchantment more than mere shock value.
Troyzand Medina, aka Shogun'z Revenge, is the master of the meandering methaphor, infinitely adept, and sufficiently dope.
Pick a genre.