Shape Shifters, The

Also known as Shape Shifters, Shape Shifters Crew, Shapeshifters, Shapeshifters, The, Way Too Funky Shape Shifters, The
Members of Shape Shifters, The: Akuma, Anthony Martin (7), Armen Melik, Bleek (2), Courtney Gibson, Die (3), Doc Lewd, Existereo, Jericho J, Kamal Humphrey, LA Jae, Marcus Aureli, Matre, Mek One, Pablo Lozano, Paris Zax, Perk One, Rob One, Shumagorath, Transducer

Discography of Shape Shifters, The:

# Release title Total tracks Type of release is Imprint date Label
1 Planet Of The Shapes 21 Audio 1998 Champion Sound
2 Terrorists From Another World 11 Audio 2002 Artificial Army
3 Soul-Lows 18 Audio 2002 Not On Label (The Shape Shifters Self-released)
4 Planet Of The Shapes 23 Audio 2000 Nitrous Oxide Records
5 2012 9 Audio 1999 Not On Label (The Shape Shifters Self-released)
6 Know Future 29 Audio 2000 Mean Street
7 Language Differences / Homesick 2 Audio 2004-10-01 subversiv*rec
8 Triple Threat 7 Audio 1998 Not On Label (The Shape Shifters Self-released)
9 Circuit City 6 Audio 2004 Cornerstone R.A.S.
10 Soulows Two 12 Audio 2004 Dead Guy Records
11 The Mix Tape CD 3 Audio 2004 Cornerstone R.A.S.
12 Was Here 20 Audio 2004 Cornerstone R.A.S.
13 Adopted By Aliens 15 Audio 2000 Celestial Recordings
14 Word 2 Yer Mudda-Ship 3 Audio 1999 Weapon-Shaped
15 DJ Rob One Presents... The 12" Bootlegs + Mo' 18 Audio 1999 Not On Label (The Shape Shifters Self-released)
16 Girl Power Volume One 23 Audio 1998 Not On Label (The Shape Shifters Self-released)
17 Planet Of The Shapes Volume Two 21 Audio 1998 Not On Label (The Shape Shifters Self-released)
18 Terrorist From Another World 12 Audio 2010 Artificial Army
19 Soulows Two 12 Audio
20 Use The Force Luke.....But Dont Hurt Em. 2 Audio Not On Label
21 Joy 2 Da World 2 Audio Not On Label
22 Soul-Lows 18 Audio 2002 Not On Label (The Shape Shifters Self-released)
23 Was Here 20 Audio 2004 Cornerstone RAS


In the ever-fluctuating, mercurial culture of hip-hop, very few groups, let alone solo rap artists, have sustained longevity. Enter the Shape Shifters, the storied Los Angeles underground collective that’s been making their own eclectic, brand of hip-hop for virtually a decade.

Indeed, ever since the group emerged out of the legendary mid-city, Los Angeles graffiti scene in the early nineties, the Shape Shifters, by virtue of their original, genre-bending and most importantly, uniquely creative musical sensibilities, have established themselves as one of the most reliable and downright interesting subterranean rap acts in recent memory, creating a virtual cult following in the process.

Originally based around LA graf writers Perk, Meck, Realm Ser and Rob 1 (all of the CBS crew), the Shape Shifters began to emerge as noteworthy rhyme crew in the early nineties.

Impressed by what their peers were doing, graf writers from other Los Angeles crews and also other hip-hop collectives like Live Wires and The Chain Smokers, clicked up with the Shape Shifters, What resulted was a somewhat nebulous, ever-changing but always on-point crew who quickly developed a following of fans through creative and abstract sound, reminiscent of Project Blowed and The Good Life era of LA underground hip-hop.


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