The Shark (Michael Pennini) is a italian rapper originally raised in Harlem and later moved to Morris Park Bronx / NY. The Shark is spittin' some mafioso shit to the fullest! The Shark relaesed five(?) 12" singles and a few albums / mixtapes ("An Angel With A Dirty Face" LP & EP in 2001 "Deep Waters", "Stay Out The Water" and in 2009 "Tommy's Son" together with J-Love). He worked with a lot of cats in the biz, like Kool G Rap, Raekwon, Ghostface Killah, Papoose, Jo Jo Pellegrino, Sheek Louch...In 1996 he released his debut single with the track "Italiano" on Italiano Records. Produced by Rated R Wize Guy and executive produced by Adam. One really dope cut! (props to Brickhouse Studios for the info about his first release and to share this track with us!) His second single was released in 1997 on Sharkateer Recordings with the tracks "For The Fams", "Generations Fix" and "Grand Design". This record is pure heat and definitely slept on! All three tracks are really dope with amazing production from Beneficent Schlong and DJ Nutindabed, the beats are dark with nice string samples plus scratches from Total Eclipse (The X-Ecutioners). Executive producer is The Rakateer, Engineer Liz Marcado and Assistant Jamie S.S. Garcia. For me it's all about this '97 release, his later records can't match up with this bomb! Mafioso style, cousin! In 1998 he followed with "It's Over" and "Heavy Hitters" on Bottom Line Records. Produced by DJ Eyal, Executive producer is The Rackateer and Engineer Nasty, recorded at The Cutting Room. Two years later in 2000 he realesed a 12" with the three tunes "Bam'D", "The Money Vender" and "Country Club" on Jawz Records. I only feel "Country Club" feat. Jo Jo Pelligrino. Produced by Michelob, who did some great productions for Cover, Emar, Shamus, E From AK & U.G. (Cella Dwellas) & Ny-Gel Mak,...Jo Jo Pelligrino (J. Edwards) first made some noise with a solid 12" single in 1996 when he was part of the group "Mafioso Chapter" with the tracks "Crime Family", "Money Ambitions" and "Whats Left", later he also worked with Reakwon, Cappadonna, Inspectah Deck, Blaq Poet, R.A. The Rugged Man, Sean P., Hell Razah, Remedy,...In 2004 The Shark released another 12" single with the three cuts "Salute" feat. Kay Slay & Reakwon (produced by Buckwild), "You're Mine" & "Fake Rap Gangstaz" (both produced by Eyal).
The Shark - Italiano 12" single
(props to Brickhouse Studios for the info and rip!)
The Shark - For The Fams / Generations Fix / Grand Design 12" single
For The Fams
The Shark - It's Over / Heavy Hitters 12" single
The Shark - Bam'D / The Money Vender / Country Club 12" single
The Money Vender
there is a video for the track "Gold Tinted Glasses"