Real Name:
Shaya Bekele
Milpitas, CA's underground rapper Encore discovered hip-hop at an early age and tried his hand at many of the style's aspects, including DJing, breaking and popping, and graffing, but found rhyming to be the least expensive -- and most expressive -- way to become involved in the hip-hop scene.

Self-Preservation After he finished high school and left the army, Encore formed the Vinyl Miners with two old friends, DJ/producer Architect and emcee 50 Grand, who soon departed for L.A. Architect and Encore continued to collaborate on tracks, which blended the DJ's inspired beats and samples with Encore's intelligent rhymes, often influenced by Islam and ancient African and Egyptian studies. Encore recorded singles for Certified Records and Stones Throw Records before appearing on Dan "The Automator" Nakamura and Prince Paul's Handsome Boy Modeling School album, So... How's Your Girl?. The West Coast rapper's debut album, Self-Preservation, arrived in 2000 on 75 Ark Records.


Encore Discography Tracks


Encore Self Preservation (Album) 75 Ark US 2000 Sell This Version
75008 Encore Self Preservation - Radio-Friendly Tracks From The Album(LP, Promo) 75 Ark 75008 US 2000 Sell This Version
Encore Layover (Album) Hiero Imperium US 2004 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

Encore The Essence / Defined By The Dollar Stones Throw Records US 1997 Sell This Version
Encore Ice Age / Dirty Certified Records US 1998 Sell This Version
CERT-004 Encore / Holekost* Encore / Holekost* - Filthy B/W Spectacular + Illuminant Chants(12", Single) Certified Records CERT-004 US 1999 Sell This Version
Encore Sporadic 75 Ark US 2000 Sell This Version
Encore Love & Hate (The Mellow Drama) (Maxi, Single) 75 Ark US 2000 Sell This Version
ARK 1-75008 P Encore Self Preservation (Clean Sampler)(12", EP) 75 Ark ARK 1-75008 P US 2000 Sell This Version
CERT-011 Encore Filthy (Remix) / Ice Age (Remix)(12") Certified Records CERT-011 US 2000 Sell This Version
75031 Encore For You(12") 75 Ark 75031 US 2000 Sell This Version
BRK 016, none D-Tension (2) Presents Encore / El Da Sensei D-Tension (2) Presents Encore / El Da Sensei - It's Time / Hard Times(12") Brick Records, Hypertension Records (2) BRK 016, none US 2001 Sell This Version
230020-1 Encore Zigga Zigga / Essentially Yours(12") Hiero Imperium 230020-1 US 2003 Sell This Version
230022-1 Encore Featuring Ladybug Mecca Encore Featuring Ladybug Mecca - Real Talk(12") Hiero Imperium 230022-1 US 2004 Sell This Version


none Encore Baby Pictures(CDr, Comp) Not On Label none US 2009 Sell This Version


none Anti-Pop Consortium* / Encore Anti-Pop Consortium* / Encore - Sampler(Cass, Smplr, Promo) 75 Ark none US 2000 Sell This Version

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