SHIRT UNVEILS PURE BEAUTY
ACCLAIMED RAP ARTIST RELEASES LONG AWAITED NEW ALBUM
COLLECTION MARKS FIRST RAP ALBUM
RELEASED BY THIRD MAN RECORDS
“FLIGHT HOME” COMPANION VISUAL STREAMING NOW
LIMITED EDITION AND STANDARD VINYL WITH ALTERNATE COVER ART
DUE TO ARRIVE ON FEBRUARY 23RD
PRE-ORDERS AVAILABLE NOW
PURE BEAUTY AVAILABLE TODAY
AT ALL DSPS AND STREAMING SERVICES
“If rap were truly a meritocracy,
SHIRT would be in the running for King of New York” – Pitchfork
“His wordplay is insane” – XXL
“…in awe of the breadth one man can display in eleven tracks.” – Loud And Quiet
Third Man Records is proud to announce the release of PURE BEAUTY, the label debut album from multi-talented Queens-based rapper SHIRT. The album is available now at all digital music retailers and streaming services; a vinyl LP edition (featuring alternative cover art by famed conceptual artist John Baldessari) will be available on February 23rd along with a special limited edition LP package containing bonus content and a Baldessari-inspired shirt. Pre-orders for the black vinyl edition are available now. For complete details, please see thirdmanstore.com/bands/shirt.
PURE BEAUTY includes the acclaimed track, “Flight Home,” available now at all DSPs and streaming services. The track is joined by a uniquely provocative companion visual in which he travels around his beloved Big Apple atop a truck adorned with (unauthorized) Nike and Adidas logos. Directed by SHIRT and Dave Svedosh, “Flight Home” is streaming now at SHIRT’s always-inventive YouTube channel.
WATCH “FLIGHT HOME“
“Flight Home” quickly drew passionate applause from an extraordinary range of media outlets. Pitchforkdeclared it “an endearing New York rap anthem,” writing, “since 2012, (SHIRT has) carved out an underground identity that hinged on PR pranks like designing a fake New York Times profile and jacking indie pop duo Purity Ring’s beats for an entire mixtape…It’s hard to imagine a rapper fitting in at Third Man, butSHIRT is the kind of lovable, everyman MC who could make a perfect fit.” “Flight Home” is “a warm, inclusive piece of boom-bap about migrant people longing to see their homelands,” noted Stereogum, while Baeble Music raved: “SHIRT delivers his verses with an assured sense of self, and he relies more on bombarding you with hooks and punches than intriguing with finesse…’Flight Home’ is a total homage to his stomping grounds. Riding on top of a truck through the Lower East Side, SHIRT takes in the city life, before taking a trip down to the famed Freedom Tunnel. Given his move to Third Man Records, it’s probably his last piece of work as an ‘underground’ artist, but I have a feeling he’ll enjoy the limelight just as much.”
SHIRT recently traveled to Sierra Leone to film a new companion visual for the album highlight “Woman Is God.” That clip is currently in post-production and will premiere soon.
Inspired in part by the work of aforementioned conceptual art giant John Baldessari, PURE BEAUTY fully affirms SHIRT as one of the most gifted and creative artists of the modern hip-hop era, equally adept as a composer, painter, writer, and sculptor of innovative rap music. Executive Produced by SHIRT, tracks like “Palace Intrigue” and “Climate Change” see the Queens-based artist collaborating with an array of forward-thinking beatmasters and producers, among them Ricky Dubs, Zois, New York, Donnie Fontaine, Joe Hov, Steel Tipped Dove, brady james, Wonder Breed, and San Holo. PURE BEAUTY was written and performed entirely by SHIRT, bar the opening track, “Snowbeach,” written and performed by Chase and SHIRT, as well as the closing track, “Mise En Abyme,” written and performed by Marie Matusz and SHIRT. The album was recorded and mixed in Basel, Switzerland, where SHIRT is currently completing a Master’s in Fine Arts degree having been accepted to TK based entirely on his impressive portfolio of multi-platform visual art and music.
PURE BEAUTY marks the first full length rap release from Third Man Records – the independent, genre-free label out of Nashville, TN owned by Jack White – as well as SHIRT’s first full-length since 2015’s breakthrough street albums RAP MONEY, NIKE ADIDAS, and MUSEUM.
SHIRT RELEASES ORIGINAL PURE BEAUTY OPENING TRACK
PURE BEAUTY OUT NOW ON THIRD MAN RECORDS
Today on his Soundcloud page, New York rapper Shirt unveiled an alternate opening track recorded for his Pure Beauty album (2018 Third Man Records). The track is a remix of Dpat‘s “Cutthroat” and was made during Shirt’s Pure Beauty recording sessions in New York.
Of the song, Shirt says “Now it’s just a song I made I’ll have forever. [It] feels better today than the day I made it”.