The Exception
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The Exception

Greenville, South Carolina, United States | Established. Jan 01, 2005 | SELF

Greenville, South Carolina, United States | SELF
Established on Jan, 2005
Solo Hip Hop Pop


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"The Exception"

“Tyler Shoemaker AKA The Exception along with his partner in crime, Marc. Carter have made some serious headway in the mid-west, namely Ohio, West Virginia, and Kentucky. They have a true Hip Hop style, with amazing hooks that pull you right into the songs. Tyler started rapping after he saw some kids at school freestyle-battling, he was hooked. He had always been really into sports, and fate would have it that's how he got his name. While playing basketball one day, one of his African American teammates told him"White men can't jump, but you are the exception". It made for a very smooth transition as a stage name. In today's Rap world, The Exception and Marc. Carter are a breath of fresh air. Tyler started writing his own songs at age fifteen, and a year and a half later he hooked up with Marc. They started Rapping professionally a little over two years ago, and immediately had an underground following” - Static Management


“While his lyrical skills are apparent in his debut album No Excuses, Wake up call brings a level up maturity both lyrically as well as in production value. The track We On featuring M. Carter and Mooky is a natural collaborative club banger, while No Return gives The Exception a chance to shine on his own, something he has proved the ability to do. My personal favorite would be the song Living It Up featuring Maribeth. This track shows a softer side of the artist as well as the ability to collaborate successfully in a song favorably reminiscent hook-wise to Eminem and Dido on Stan or Method Man and Mary J. on You're All I Need. The Exception is beginning to show himself as a force to be reckoned within the Hip Hop community. For a young man to show such natural swag and hustle even on the regional scene is refreshing, "Wake Up Call" may just be the jump start to an even broader audience that is dying for something new and exciting...” - Knoxville Man Magazine

"Initial Reaction"

“Music Comments: The Exception's style is part pop, part rap, and full of colorful flavors. The first track on his 11-song cd is a fresh, bouncy number that combines dance-tronica and fun rap. The hip-pop theme continues through the third track; a song sampling the Eddie Murphy hit "Party All the Time". There's a cool style here, throughout. Dance, pop, and party music is always a good idea! The Exception has more than enough to share.” - A&R Select

"Wake Up Call"

“Exuding confidence, charisma, and style, Ohio’s The Exception is crash landing into the local hip hop scene while spitting tracks full of fiery beats and local pride. Riding the line between harder rap and pop friendly beats, this up and comer touches on all of the hot topics from money to sex to sports and back again. With an arsenal of catchy instrumentals and a pad full of ink, he continues to pump out songs which seem tailor-made for everyone’s local club. After some initial success with his Ohio State Buckeye anthem, “In the O,” The Exception dropped his first full length record, No Excuses. Immersing himself in the world of underground hip hop, he’s continued to enjoy success as an unsigned artist, as his latest album Wake up Call demonstrates an even more exciting and mature flow filled with bumping beats and ice cold lyrics. ” -


Wake Up Call - May 2011
Here To Stay - November 2011
F.A.M.E - February 2012

Don't Call Me A Rapper - 2014

All albums get airplay on various college, internet, and satellite radio stations.



He was nick named The Exception when he was in middle school. He played basketball his entire life until deciding not to play at the college level. He got his name from one of his black all-star teammates in sixth grade who said that ‘white boys can’t jump, but you’re the exception.’ So the name stuck and was perfect for his move into music. He’s not a typical hip hop artist either. He grew up loving all kinds of music. In 8th grade he became aware of two guys outside the school who were freestyle battling each other, so he participated and fell in love with the attitude and creativity involved in hip hop lyricism. In his sophomore year he made his first mixtape, which was far from successful. After being criticized, ridiculed, threatened, and booed off stage at his own high school talent show, The Exception began his amazing journey of perseverance and determination. In 2006 The Exception and M. Carter began working on creating music together as juniors in high school. After performing several live shows and recording multiple songs that became popular on the internet, they have progressively developed into successful underground artist with thousands of fans worldwide. They held the #5 unsigned artist in the nation spot on the myspace music charts for some time. The Exception’s single “Crazy” featuring Gyfted was also licensed to the arcade video game “Pump It Up NX” in 2008. In 2009, The Exception’s single “In The O”, a Buckeye anthem, received commercial radio play across Ohio and was played at the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl between Ohio State and Texas.The album “No Excuses” released in November, 2010, is available digitally at most iStores including but not limited to iTunes, Amazon, Napster, Rhapsody and so on.The Exception and M.Carter were voted by fans to perform at Lake Havasu City Spring Break 2011 with Asher Roth, beating out several other contestants for the gig. The Exception’s most recent album, “Wake Up Call” became the #1 most downloaded album of all time for an unsigned artist on the highly-regarded site with over 150,000 downloads in its first week. The Exception was named "artist of the week" on in June 2011.

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