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The Exception / Press

“Exuding confidence, charisma, and style, Ohio’s The Exception is crash landing into the local hip hop scene while spitting tracks full of fiery beats and local pride. Riding the line between harder rap and pop friendly beats, this up and comer touches on all of the hot topics from money to sex to sports and back again. With an arsenal of catchy instrumentals and a pad full of ink, he continues to pump out songs which seem tailor-made for everyone’s local club. After some initial success with his Ohio State Buckeye anthem, “In the O,” The Exception dropped his first full length record, No Excuses. Immersing himself in the world of underground hip hop, he’s continued to enjoy success as an unsigned artist, as his latest album Wake up Call demonstrates an even more exciting and mature flow filled with bumping beats and ice cold lyrics.”

Michael Demeter - Indiemusicreviews.net

“Music Comments: Tyler Shoemaker's style is part pop, part rap, and full of colorful flavors. The first track on his 11-song cd is a fresh, bouncy number that combines dance-tronica and fun rap. The hip-pop theme continues through the third track; a song sampling the Eddie Murphy hit "Party All the Time". There's a cool style here, throughout. Dance, pop, and party music is always a good idea! Tyler has more than enough to share.”

A&R Department - A&R Select

“While his lyrical skills are apparent in his debut album No Excuses, Wake up call brings a level up maturity both lyrically as well as in production value. The track We On featuring M. Carter and Mooky is a natural collaborative club banger, while No Return gives The Exception a chance to shine on his own, something he has proved the ability to do. My personal favorite would be the song Living It Up featuring Maribeth. This track shows a softer side of the artist as well as the ability to collaborate successfully in a song favorably reminiscent hook-wise to Eminem and Dido on Stan or Method Man and Mary J. on You're All I Need. The Exception is beginning to show himself as a force to be reckoned within the Hip Hop community. For a young man to show such natural swag and hustle even on the regional scene is refreshing, "Wake Up Call" may just be the jump start to an even broader audience that is dying for something new and exciting...”

Chris Durant - Knoxville Man Magazine

“Tyler Shoemaker AKA The Exception along with his partner in crime, Marc. Carter have made some serious headway in the mid-west, namely Ohio, West Virginia, and Kentucky. They have a true Hip Hop style, with amazing hooks that pull you right into the songs. Tyler started rapping after he saw some kids at school freestyle-battling, he was hooked. He had always been really into sports, and fate would have it that's how he got his name. While playing basketball one day, one of his African American teammates told him"White men can't jump, but you are the exception". It made for a very smooth transition as a stage name. In today's Rap world, The Exception and Marc. Carter are a breath of fresh air. Tyler started writing his own songs at age fifteen, and a year and a half later he hooked up with Marc. They started Rapping professionally a little over two years ago, and immediately had an underground following”

Kate Davenport - Static Management

“While his lyrical skills are apparent in his debut album No Excuses, Wake up call brings a level up maturity both lyrically as well as in production value. The track We On featuring M. Carter and Mooky is a natural collaborative club banger, while No Return gives The Exception a chance to shine on his own, something he has proved the ability to do. My personal favorite would be the song Living It Up featuring Maribeth. This track shows a softer side of the artist as well as the ability to collaborate successfully in a song favorably reminiscent hook-wise to Eminem and Dido on Stan or Method Man and Mary J. on You're All I Need. The Exception is beginning to show himself as a force to be reckoned within the Hip Hop community. For a young man to show such natural swag and hustle even on the regional scene is refreshing, "Wake Up Call" may just be the jump start to an even broader audience that is dying for something new and exciting... ”

Chris Durant - Knoxville Man Magazine