Sugur Shane

 

Sugur Shane photographed in 2014.

 Main Course

Pairing Philly hip-hop sensibilities with house-inspired beats, Sugur Shane delights in defying classification.

The title track off the animated rapper’s new Kill Da Bitch EP reflects this indefinable approach, layering chopped vocal snippets and searing rap verses over grumbling synth bass and stuttered four-to-the-floor beats. 

“’Kill Da Bitch' was from the My Night with Junior mixtape, and the goal with that project was to recreate the classic ballroom sound with a new twist, something a bit different from what the ballroom scene is used to hearing,” says Shane. “The track is a battle track, and when we battle it’s all about show and tell, taking tricks and forms and moves to the next level.” And despite the title, there's no misogyny intended: The out-and-proud rapper's song refers to it being a vogue battle anthem. 

Watch the full premiere of the track’s music video exclusively on Billboard:

Shane directed the high-octane music video with Harry Paris and Sage Caswell and says the clip was intended to impart the visceral energy and excitement inherent to Philadelphia’s underground ballroom scene. 

“We threw a party to shoot this video, it was a little mini ball with performances in Old City, Philadelphia,” says Shane. “There was no rehearsal, no story line, just a display of how Philly really vogues. Everyone is so stuck on the New York scene, so we wanted to portray what a ball in Philly is really like.”

Sugur Shane’s Kill Da Bitch EP is now available through Main Course on iTunes and SoundCloud.