The Shapeshifters are one of indie hip hops most credible and lasting collectives. Although theyve only been releasing albums for the past four years, theyve been together for over a decade. And with their ranks now swelling to eight deep including AWOL ONE, Circus, Existereo, Akuma, Liferexall, Die, Radioinactive, and LA Jae they resemble the Wu-Tang Clan if it were populated by emotionally troubled troubadours (AWOL ONE), sci-fi-shaded conspiracy junkies (Circus), and unrepentant audio experimentalists (take your pick). The blend of urban paranoia and basement innovation reflects the Shapeshifters background as graffiti writers, and each of the 20 songs on their latest, The ShapeShifters Was Here, pops with the fluent personality of the best graffiti pieces. With nods to dub, electro, and old-school hip hop, the album offers a nice confluence of stoned, SoCal sounds. This group of underground Cali hip hops finest takes to the sure-to-be sold-out Milk this Sunday, Dec. 5; call 387-6455 or go to www.milksf.com for more info.