Shoreline Mafia isn’t a rap group— it’s family. For OhGeesy (real name: Alejandro Coranza), Rob Vicious (Robert Maggee), Fenix (Fenix Rypinski) and Master Kato (Malik Carson), hip-hop follows an organic friendship from their native Los Angeles. The group’s inception happened when OhGeesy and Fenix linked through MySpace in 2012 while doing graffiti in high school. After recording one song, they clicked and immediately founded Shoreline Mafia. “The name incorporates the beach and water. The waves start at the shoreline,” says OhGeesy. Fenix remembers the early days; recording on a “$100 mic and Garage Band” and putting music on SoundCloud.
Two years later, Rob Vicious and Kato were introduced. The quartet garnered widespread attention with 2017’s “Musty” (produced by Ron-Ron). With over 12 million plays on YouTube, the track propelled Shoreline Mafia onto hip-hop’s larger radar, including an appearance at the Rolling Loud Festival.
In November 2017, Shoreline Mafia released its first full-length mixtape ShorelineDoThatShit, which spawned tracks like “Nun Major,” “Spaceship,” “Serve A Boat” and “Whuss The Deal,” amassing millions of fans on SoundCloud. In 2018, the group signed to Atlantic Records. Wrapping up a 12- city, sold-out tour during the first quarter of 2018, they’ve already enjoyed early press coverage from XXL, Noisey, Forbes, PassionWeiss and other music blogs.
Don’t miss the Shoreline Mafia at Shrine Expo Hall on Friday, May 3. Ticket prices start at $34.50, plus applicable service charges. Shrine Expo Hall is located at 700 W. 32nd Street Los Angeles, CA 90007 213-748-5116.