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"ShapeShifters "clearly one of the best-written Hip Hop – scratch that – best-written albums to come about in some time.""

Hip Hop’s gender imbalance has been an often debated and well-documented point of contention within the genre. There exists this void in quality female MCs in today’s climate – but there has always existed this dearth of female participation. Thankfully, we've been blessed by artists like Jean Grae, whose gender should be the least of one’s focus. Detroit MC Invincible, and her stellar debut ShapeShifters, should eternally be mentioned as amongst the one of the very best MCs today– regardless of gender and race –with the release of this excellent album.

The Black Milk-produced introductory track, “State Of Emergency,” begins the CD with intensity and there lays an urgency wrapped carefully in Black’s tense track – allowing Invincible’s impressive rhymes to soar right along with the production. The vibe continues amazingly with “Looongawaited,” produced by Vaughn T of The Labtechs. The thumping track lends just enough background aggression for Invincible to deliver her forceful and well-written lyrics to great effect. “Sledgehammer!” adds on to display just how incredible Invincible’s delivery truly is. The hypnotic and haunting beat from 14KT and Haircut of the Labtechs is the perfect backdrop.

“Spacious Skies,” produced by Apex, is a metaphor in motion with Invincible painting an almost anti-patriotic view of America – yet the song never seems to come off as an angry declaration, but rather more of a pleading cry to correct the supposed wrongs inflicted domestically and abroad in the country’s name. The songwriting on this track is particularly dense but artfully delivered – perhaps one of the better topic driven songs on the disc. Black Milk’s production appears again on the track “Recognize” featuring the talented Finale. As strong as the track is, the performance from the MCs is what makes this record work. Invincible and Finale, if it hasn’t been discussed by now, should consider working together more in the future. The chemistry exhibited on this track is undeniable. The somber “In the Mourning,” produced by Waajeed of Bling47, closes the album out in the same impressive vein as the rest of the songs preceding it. This is not a comfortable album or something one should attempt to digest in a few quick listens. This record should be on constant repeat as to absorb the many places Invincible takes the album lyrically and with an almost automatic ease. There is never a moment in which you don’t wish to know what she’ll spit next. Without even a hint of exaggeration, this is clearly one of the best-written Hip Hop – scratch that – best-written albums to come about in some time.

-- D.L. Chandler - Okayplayer


"To call this “conscious hip-hop” would be a grave misnomer— she’s a culturally aware, internationally minded, societal watchdog, with a library"

The long-awaited debut solo effort from Michigan native Invincible is like a sock to the head for anyone still sleeping on this lyrically gifted emcee. As one fifth of the all-girl hip-hop group ANOMOLIES, and a major asset to PPP’s first album, Triple P, Invincible finally steps into the spotlight
with Shape Shifters. To call this “conscious hip-hop” would be a grave misnomer— she’s a culturally aware, internationally minded, societal watchdog, with a library of beats so dense you almost wonder what bangers didn’t even make the cut.
Invincible keeps her production in the
Michigan family with fiery magma flames from production team the Labtechs, and Detroit sensations Waajeed, House Shoes and Black Milk. Black shows his range with dirty strings and a tough snare on perhaps the hardest joint on the album: “Recognize.” Featured on this track is
Finale, a Detroit MC who only makes
Invincible stronger and vice versa. The
duo complement each other in earnest. Also appearing on Shape Shifters are ANOMOLIES, Tiombe Lockhart and Buff 1, among others. In all, this album and Invincible are perfectly suited for any head
checking on Detroit or a solid boom bap to snap their neck to.
-LC Weber - Vapors


"Chairman's Choice"

Chairman's Choice
by Chairman Mao
July 2008 | XXL Magazine

Let's be clear: INVINCIBLE ain't the one to be marginalized as merely a female rapper. Although she strives to be "one of the best, period/Not just one of the best with breasts and a period," you won't find her swapping her "baggy clothes for camel toes," as she declares on the thunderous "Looongawaited," from her, yes, long awaited debut ShapeShifters (Emergence/Bling 47). In other words, she proudly walks her own purist path, which means spouting diatribes on Middle East displacement ("People Not Places") and heartbroken thoughts on Bush-league America ("Spacious Skies") and addressing further social injustices ("Ropes") in her repertoire of humanism 'n' blues. It also means beats courtesy of her hometown's (whaddup, Detroit) finest studio rats (Black Milk, The Lab Techs, Waajeed)--a D-tail that complements Invincible's breadth and breath control with a gang of unfadeable aural touches: clever "Love Cats" cutups on the anitlove rap "No Easy Answers," cascading strings on the Motor City-centric "Recognize," and Spanish guitars on the epic title track. "Music is not a mirror to reflect reality/It's a hammer with which we shape it," she states at song's outset. Supreme sentiments. - XXL Magazine


Discography

SELECTED DISCOGRAPHY

Releases:
Invincible - ShapeShifters LP (EMERGENCE)
Invincible - ShapeShifters/Keep Goin'/No Easy Answers 12" single (EMERGENCE)
Invincible - Sledgehammer! CD-single (EMERGENCE) 2007
Bling47 - The War LP double CD (Fat City) 2007
Bling47 - The War EP Part 1 12" vinyl (Fat City) 2007
Bling47 - The War EP Part 2 12" vinyl (Fat City) 2007
Live Arts Media Project - Rising Up From The Ashes: Chronicles Of A Drop Out CD (Detroit Summer) 2007
Invincible - Last Warning Bootleg Mixtape CD-R 2004

Upcoming Appearances:
5 Ela - Pipebomb (Remix) (also feat. Finale & a special guest) from "Global Warming" CD 2008
Georgia Anne Muldrow & Dudley Perkins - Don't Sleep (also feat. Finale & Black Milk) from "SomeOtherShip" CD/LP (MelloMusicGroup) 2008

Featured On:
Grand Pianoramax - Blue Gold from "The Biggest Piano In Town" CD (ObliqSound) 2008
Finale & Spier1200 - The Ring (also feat. Wordsworth & Jazz), Eye Of The Beholder (also feat. Elzhi) from "Develop" CD/MP3 (Rawkus 50/Fat Beats) 2007
Buff1 - SUPREME (also feat. Guilty Simpson) from "Pure" CD (Lab Techs/A�Side Worldwide) 2007
Decompoze - All Out (also feat. JUICE, Magestik Legend, OneBeLo & Elzhi) from "Decomposition" CD (Subterraneous Records) 2007
Grooveman Spot - Who's This (Iceberg Mix) from "RE:Eternal Development [Gold Star]" CD/EP (Planet Groove/Jazzy Sport) 2007
NowOn - �れ� Who (also feat. Vaughan T & Illite) from "Eye Level" CD (A�Side Worldwide/Kajmere Sound) 2006
MonicaBlaire - Confused (also feat. Miz Korona) from "Portraits Of Me" CD (Silent Riot Ent.) 2006
Grooveman Spot - Who's This from "Eternal Development" CD/LP (Jazzy Sport) 2006
Dabrye - Viewer Discretion, Get It Together (both also feat. Finale) from "Two/Three" CD/LP (Ghostly Intnerational) 2006
PPP - Shotgun (Remix) (also feat. Jay Dee & MED) from "Shotgun + Fevers Remixes" 12� (Ubiquity) 2005
PPP - Detroit Winter from "Triple P" CD/LP (Ubiquity) 2005
BR Gunna - Hip Hop (also feat. Finale & AHK) from "Dirty District 2" CD (Barak) 2004
Blair - Won�t Be Fooled Again from "Jet Black / White Noise" CD (BlairPoetry.com) 2003
The Detroit Experiment - The Way We Make Music (also feat. Athletic Mic League) from "The Detroit Experiment" CD/LP (Ropeadope) 2002
Strict Flow - As Good As It Gets from "Without Further Ado" CD/LP (Authentic Recordings) 2003
Baba Israel - Blues Man from "Mind Music" CD (Velour Recordings) 2001
Athletic Mic League - Got �Em Sayin' 12� from "Sweats and Kicks" (Lab Techs) 2002
Artfull Dodgers - Laced (also feat. O-Type Star) from "Second Wind" CD/12" single (Midwestern Union) 2001
Mr. Complex - Everybody Everywhere (also feat. El-Fudge, Punchline & Wordsworth) from "Rhapsody" 12" single (B9000 Records) 2000
Black Star - A Tree Never Grown (also feat. J-Live, Wordsworth, Tame One, Jane Doe, Rubix, A.L., Fre, Grafh & Kofi Taha) from "Hip Hop For Respect" EP (Rawkus) 2000
Athletic Mic League - HHQII from "The Thrill Is Gone" CD (Lab Techs) 2000
Paradime - Clash Of The Titans (also feat. S.U.N., Bugz & Bizarre) from "Paragraphs" CD / 12" single (Beats At Will/Silent Records) 1999
S.U.N. - Live And Direct (also feat. Browne) from "Shining Underground" CD (Black Soul On Vinyl Records) 1998

Tracks Appear On:
Invincible & Finale - LAMP Post (w/ Buried Glory) from "LAMP Presents... Rising Up From The Ashes: Chronicles Of A Drop Out" CD (Detroit Summer) 2007
Invincible & Waajeed - The Place Where We Dwell (Part D) from "Rising Son: The Legend Of Skateboarder Christian Hosoi" soundtrack CD (QD3/Image Entertainment) 2006
Invincible - Eulogy from Black Panther - "B-Side CD: The Unreleased & Feature Production Chronicles" CD (Manekineko Pro) 2006
Invincible - No Compromises from "Free The P" CD/LP (The Phillistines) 2005
Invincible - The Door from "The We That Sets Us Free" CD (Justice Now) 2004
Invincible - More Than A Battle (feat. Njeri Earth) from "Men-a-Pause" CD (Raw Khemystery) 2004
Finale & Invincible - Untitled Exclusive from Shaman Work Presents... "The Family Files Vol. 1" mix CD (Shaman Work) 2004
Invincible - Perfectionists (feat. Helixx) from Lyricist Lounge's "Underground Airplay Version 1.0" mix CD (MIC Media) 2001

W/ ANOMOLIES:
Turntable Anihilists - ANOMOLIES Exclusive from "Underworld Vol. 2" mixtape (Turntable Anihilists) 2007
ANOMOLIES, Zion I & 427 - No Illusions from "Elephant Tracks" CD/LP (Asian Improv) 1999

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VIEW INVINCIBLE'S OFFICIAL EPK HERE, INCLUDES MUSIC, VIDEOS, PHOTOS, PRESS CLIPPINGS: http://emergencemusic.net/epk

It is truly rare to find an artist like Invincible. Her spitfire wordplay has gotten her acclaim from Hip Hop fans all across the world, while her active involvement in progressive social change has taken her music beyond entertainment, and towards actualizing the change she wishes to see. The Detroit based Hip-Hop artist and activist began penning lyrics at the age of nine, shortly after moving to the Midwest from the Middle East and learning English by memorizing her favorite songs. She has performed on stages in clubs, community centers, campuses, pride celebrations, and festivals around the world for over a decade, both as a solo artist, and featured as part of the all female Hip-Hop collective ANOMOLIES. She started her own label and media company EMERGENCE and released her critically acclaimed debut album ShapeShifters in 2008. Several media projects accompanied ShapeShifters, including two docu-music-videos about resistance to gentrification in Detroit and colonization in Palestine ("Locusts" and "People Not Places") which have been featured in many film festivals including Media That Matters and South By Southwest. Her lyrics are deeply rooted in social justice work, reflected in a writing process that often involves community feedback, and interviews with community members. Her upcoming project will illuminate the connections between complex science, social movements, and Hip-Hop.