Shinobi Ninja

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Shinobi Ninja
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Background information
Genres Rock
Years active 2008 (2008)–present

Shinobi Ninja is an American rock band from Brooklyn, New York. The band is known for high-energy performances and eclectic sound, blending music genres such as Hip Hop, Punk, Funk, Metal, Reggae and Rock.[1]

Band Members[edit]

  • (D.A.),Doobie aka Duke Sims — Vocals
  • Alien Lex — Bass Guitar
  • DJ Axis Powers — DJ
  • Baby G — Vocals
  • Kid Shreddi aka Maniak Mike — Guitar
  • Terminator Dave — Drums

Former Members[edit]

  • Jonathan Nunes Simone, aka Jonny On The Rocks — bass guitar

Band Origins[edit]

Prior to joining the band, Edara Johnson was a professional dancer, performing for such artists as Rihanna, Santigold, Jason Derulo, Ricky Martin, Mylène Farmer, Cassie, P. Diddy, LL Cool J, Nelly, and Daddy Yankee.[2][3][4] In 2006, she made an appearance in the video "Long Way To Go" by Cassie.[5]

Meanwhile, Hrdina and both Machinists were in a band called Stalley & The Wax Machine,[6] which broke up in early 2008. Shinobi Ninja formed shortly afterward. Several members of the band met at a rehearsal and recording studio in The Film Center Building called Progressive Music in the Hell's Kitchen neighborhood of New York City. D.A., Simone, and M. Machinist worked at the studio, and Johnson took vocal classes there.

In 2010, their original bass player Simone left the band, and Alien Lex replaced him.

Familial Connections[edit]

Dave and Mike Machinist are polar-fraternal twins.

Alien Lex and D.A. are cousins. A Lex is also cousin to singer Carmen Consoli.

Jarobi White from A Tribe Called Quest is the unofficial 7th member. (Jarobi Ninja)


The band has performed alongside a variety of artists, including Tom Morello, George Clinton & Parliament-Funkadelic, Robert Glasper & Erykah Badu, Black Sheep, Das EFX, The Black Keys, Das Racist, Azealia Banks, Schoolly D, Dinco D, AFI, Thirty Seconds To Mars, Linkin Park, Slightly Stoopid, Fishbone, Dumpstaphunk, John Brown's Body, Collie Buddz, Chiddy Bang, The Memorials, Thomas Pridgen, Trust Company, Mike Posner, Young Dirty Bastard, Angelo Moore, Green Jelly, Dog Fashion Disco, DJ Skribble, Saigon Kick, Smif-n-Wessun, John Forté, Homeboy Sandman, Bad Rabbits, Beebs & Her Money Makers, Sadat X, M-1, Les Nubians, Tokyo Police Club, Cage, and Rise Against.

On August 6, 2011, the band played the first ever 311 Pow Wow Festival with Sublime, Deftones, Mix Master Mike, and G Love, amongst others.[7]

On July 28, 2012, the band played the opening set at the first ever Catalpa Festival on Randall's Island.[8]

Media and Appearances[edit]

On January 28, 2010, the band released "Shinobi Ninja Attacks!", a Nintendo-style video game album for iPhone, iPod, and iPad. The game was featured in the Apple Store's "Hot New Games" section and downloaded over 10,000 times.[9] They are the first independent band to release an app based on their likeness and music.[10]

Baby G was featured as the coach in an episode of MTV's MADE (TV Series), which premiered in October 11, 2010.[11]

In February 2011, the band placed second in the "Artist On The Verge" at The New Music Seminar (NMS) in Los Angeles.[12] Former winners include artists such as Nirvana, Madonna, and the Red Hot Chili Peppers.

"Stop" was featured in the third episode ("El Diablo") of the American television drama series The Killing, which aired on April 10, 2011 on AMC. "El Diablo" was watched by 2.56 million viewers.

The video game NBA 2K12, released October 4, 2011, features the Shinobi Ninja song "Rock Hood".[13] As of April 2012, sales had reached 4 million units.

"Rock Hood" is featured in the video game Tap Tap Revenge 3. The franchise has combined sales of over thirty-five million as of September 2009, making it one of the best-selling video game franchises of all time.

A Haunted House 2 Soundtrack album, released April 2014 for the American comedy horror film. The song "Amped To 12" by Shinobi Ninja was written specifically for the film and is the only song to play during the film as well as playing as soon as the film cuts to credits.[14]

On April 26th, 2015, the song "What If Times" won the award for Best Video at The MOVE Music Video Awards.


Studio albums[edit]

  • Rock Hood (2011)[15]
  • Escape From New York / Return From... (Double Album) (2014)
  • Artistic Visions (2015)


  • Brooklyn To Babylon (2009)[16]
  • The Video Game EP (2010)[17]
  • LiL Bud B-Sides (2011)
  • The Chronicles Of DAB & Friends (2014)


  • Blunts & Nunchucks (2010)[18]
  • The Chronicles Of Hashy Larry (2011)[19]

Non Album Singles[edit]

  • ILL ISH (2012)
  • Rusty Stab (2012)
  • I'm The One (2013)
  • The Sounds Of Calizona (2013)
  • Acid Man (2014)
  • MeUWe Feat. Dinco D (Leaders Of The New School) (2014)

Live Albums[edit]

  • Live At The Bitter End (7/4/09)
  • Live At Converse Rubber Tracks (11/11/11)

Van Album[edit]

  • The Monster Van Album (2014)


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