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When you think Queens Bridge you think Nas. Itís that simple. You probably associate the projects with the rap soldier who blew up in 94′ with Illmatic then re-emerged in 2001 to rip Jay-Z on Stillmatic and continued to make brilliant songs like ďHip Hop is DeadĒ as recent as last year. But Shaun Walker ó who peddles himself as V12: the King of Queens Bridge ó wants people to associate the ghetto arena with him as champ.
Because if Hip Hop is dead, R n B still has jaws that V12 breathes through. With a velvety quality, he wants to distinguish himself outside of Nasís shadow of the ghetto scene. Breaking through as the self-proclaimed president of the projects, heís already worked with 50, Mobb Deep and his MySpace page unofficially touts him as a close affiliate of G-Unit. With such a solid network and plenty of hype, V12 is just waiting to become a star.
In the meantime, heís slowly been creeping up as a fresh artist. Heís toured with Ron Artest, Mobb Deep, and Capone and Noreaga to date and has opened for 112, Keshia Cole & Bubba Sparxxx. With over 21 songs under his belt, V12 has plenty of steam left and continues to partner up with household names.
Ironically one of his best jams is a collaboration with Godís Son called ďKing of the Hood.Ē Laced with haunted jingles that ring eerily, he injects a dangerously smooth but sharp-edged element. Along with Nasís consistent fluency is the leveled crooning that V12 adds when he issues a warning. Itís a threat about going to QB and getting popped. But mostly he wants you to recognize whoís popping you. And it ainít Nas.
Check out V12 on myspace at: http://www.myspace.com/vjuni.