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Sharkula in 2016
Background information
Birth name Brian Wharton
Origin Chicago, Illinois, United States
Genres Hip hop
Occupation(s) Recording artist
Instruments Vocals
Years active 1987–Present
Website [1]

Sharkula (other alter egos include Thig, Brian Wharton, Thigamahjigee, Sherlock Homeboy,[1] Dirty Gilligan[2]) is a Chicago-area rapper.[3][4][5][6] His lyrics are known for being scatterbrained, discontinuous, free-associative, non-violent, apolitical and random. He is also known as a flâneur for promoting his music and shows via use of hand-made flyers and stickers scattered around vending boxes in Chicago, and street marketing often with phrases such as "Hey, you like Hip-Hop?".[7] He has appeared on Chic-a-Go-Go and his album Martin Luther King Jr. Whopper With Cheese was voted by readers of The Chicago Reader as one of the 20 best albums of 2004.[8]

Subject of a documentary film, titled Sharkula: Diarrhea of a Madman, produced by long-time friend Joshua Conro, chronicling his life, art, music and struggles along with the many producers and rappers that he has collaborated with over the years.[9] He has collaborated with Willis Earl Beal, who looks up to Sharkula for inspiration.[10]

in 2016, Sharkula was named runner-up best street character of the year by the Chicago Reader[11]



  • Sharkula & Shami EP 2013 (re-released 2015)[13]


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