The Exception

Tyler Shoemaker was nick named The Exception when he was in middle school. He played basketball his entire life until deciding not to play at the college level. He got his name from one of his black all-star teammates in sixth grade who said that ‘white boys can’t jump, but you’re the exception.’ So the name stuck and was perfect for his move into music.

He’s not a typical hip hop artist either. He grew up loving all kinds of music. In 8th grade he became aware of two guys outside the school who were freestyle battling each other. He became obsessed and all he could think of doing was writing freestyle-type lyrics. In sophomore year he made his first mixtape. Things began to blossom for The Exception.

In 2006 The Exception and Marc Carter began working on creating music together as juniors in high school. After performing several live shows and recording multiple songs that became popular on the internet, they have progressively developed into successful underground artist with thousands of fans worldwide. They held the #5 unsigned artist in the nation spot on the myspace music charts for some time.

The Exceptions & Marc Carter’s new single “It’s Official”, is off of their new CD, “No Excuses”. The theme behind this song is straight forward. They are here, they are in the game and ready to be top contender in this industry – it’s official. They have plenty of confidence as is well documented in their performance. This song is full of life and is very radio friendly. It has a quick tempo with plenty of pop hook with a cool hip hop beat. Talk about being a cross over song, this song makes you move no matter what type of music you like. This song is definitely representative of who this dynamic duo is all about.

The Exception & Marc Carter opened for an artist signed to UGK Records. And has leased a single “Crazy” featuring Gyfted to Andamiro company to feature on “pump it up” arcade game.

How do you describe your music to people, Tyler?
When people ask me, "Who do you sound like?" I often describe my style as, the energy and clever wordplay of Eminem mixed with the R&B and emotional side of Drake. That's the best description I can give them in relation to what they're already familiar with.

Tell me more about how you originally got into your craft.
I've always been a fan of hip hop in it's truest form. I'm a little disappointed with how the game is starting to turn, away from clever lyricism and emotion to strictly something with a good beat that sacrifices the lyrical content. Once I began writing music, it instantly became my passion and I've continued to improve over the years.

What is your favorite thing to do in the whole wide world?
Write music. Honestly, I would rather be in the studio writing/recording than anything else. I do it almost every day, in some form or another. Whether I'm riding in the car or sitting in class, I'm constantly thinking of rhymes and punchlines that I can use in future songs. It's infectious.

What is your biggest challenge when it comes to running your business?
The biggest challenge is getting the proper exposure necessary to really succeed. Especially since I'm white in a predominantly black trade, it's hard to get people to give me a chance in the first place when I pass out flyers or cds.

When you were a kid, what did you think you were going to be when you grew up?
Honestly, as a kid, my love and passion was basketball. I thought I would be playing college basketball, which had I not made the decision to hang it up after high school to focus on school and music, I would still be playing.

In what way has your community impacted your development as a musician?
Well, the place that I come from isn't racially diverse at all. It's a small town in Ohio, so hip hop isn't as big here as it is in bigger, more diverse places, so it's been a struggle to get people to support me locally. As far as the people here, they've inspired me either by showing unconditional support, or relentless hate and discouragement. Both are what fuel my artistic fire.

What other artists out there do you love?
Eminem. He's an absolute genius, I could listen to him all day every day. I also really like Drake, Lil Wayne, Ludacris, and TI, but Em is definitely the one person I can honestly say has inspired me to persist in this industry.

What does your future hold?
I think that my future is bright as far as music goes. I'm only 21, and with a burning desire to succeed and improve every single day, the only way to go is up. I know it's going to be a struggle, and I"m prepared for that. I truly believe that you can do anything if you work hard enough and have the right attitude about it.