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Brooklyn veteran spit kicker Shabaam Sahdeeq has returned with his fifth studio album, Keepers Of The Lost Art. The relentless lyricist delivers a body of work that puts his lyrical aptitude at the forefront, while placing an emphasis on top shelf production and cuts, courtesy of Ran Reed, Lewis Parker, DJ Dister, DJ Ready Cee and DJ Skizz, to name a few.
What originally started as 40 tracks, Keepers Of The Lost Art was eventually boiled down to 20, reflecting S-Dub’s most comprehensive long play release to date. The LP details his motivation to stay in the game and fight for the culture with bars as tough as the mic in his hand. The production runs the gamut from laid back as exemplified by the nostalgic piano chords on the Lewis Parker produced “Walk with the Light,” to electrifying, as demonstrated by the DJ Skizz produced street banger “That Dope,” which boasts features from Brooklyn’s premiere panderer Wais P, and the lyrically sharp Sha Stimuli. And complain no more club deejays, Shabaam has you covered for a dance friendly cut to spin late Friday nights with the DJ Wonder produced “Fall In Line.” It’s safe to call it a comeback as his rhymes are as polished today, as they were when he made his Rawkus debut in ‘97 with “Arabian Nights” B/W “Side 2 Side.”
Artistically, the album cover reveals a scenario where Hip- Hop’s younger generation discovers the cultural keepsakes of yesteryear. From a solid gold boombox, to jewel crusted crowns, drum machines, and outboard gear, S-Dub is here to confront the generational disconnect, as spelled out on the Eric Rico featured “Grown Man Hustle” -- “Some of these young boys consider me a throwback, I birthed your style you need to give me my flow back,” spits S-Dub. When explaining the album cover, Shabaam states: “Imagine the world came to an end in an apocalypse and some kids survived in a bunker. Now when the dust settles and the smoke is gone, the kids come out the bunker and discover a treasure chest in an old music store that contains all the elements of Hip-Hop, and started having fun with it.” Whether you see it as a time capsule or the last defense of Hip-Hop’s watchmen, Keepers Of The Lost Art could be played ten years ago, today, and ten years from now with high praise.
Keepers of the Lost Art includes guest features from the likes of Tragedy Khadafi, REKS, El Gant, Wais P, Sha Stimuli, Skyzoo, F.T., Mic Handz, General DV (DV Alias Khrist), Spit Gemz, and Bekay among others, and becomes available April 22nd via digital download and CD, through Below System.
1. Keepers Of The Lost Art
2. Conceited Confidence
3. Playing Games
4. Speak Truth featuring Reks & Kamala
5. Walk With The Light
6. That Dope featuring Wais P & Sha Stimuli
7. Hardbody & Heavy featuring Half A Brick & EastKoast
9. Grown Man Hustle featuring Eric Rico
10. The Come Back Kid featuring Skyzoo & F.T.
11. Seasons Change
12. City Of Fame featuring Mic Handz
13. He Who Dares featuring Lewis Parker
14. Fall In Line
15. O.G Certified featuring Tragedy Khadafi
16. Done It All featuring Bekay
17. Relax (Remix)
18. Energon 2 featuring Spit Gemz
19. Honor Me Now (Remix)
20. U Don’t Want None featuring General DV
After the success of the critically acclaimed "The South Sack Mack" album with Chuuwee, the German producer team JR&PH7 is getting ready to make more noise in the late summer of 2015. Next up is "Noir", an eight track EP that will make listeners across the globe remind why JR&PH7 might just be the best German export next to your favorite car and lager. "Noir" features include some of finest up and coming artists in Hip Hop today. Extremely hungry and talented emcees such as Chuuwee , Eric Biddines and Romaro Franceswa have been bubbling on the blogosphere for more than a minute. On their JR&PH7 produced tracks they prove why Hip Hop heads should be on the lookout for them in the future. Once again, throughout this record, JR&PH7 deliver sample heavy beats that serve as the perfect canvas for the respective emcees storytelling and innovative wordplay. Highlights of "Noir" include the lead single "We Do Our Thing" that has Willie The Kid, MaLLy, P. Blackk and Fabrashay trade rhymes over an atmospheric instrumental backdrop as well as Chuuwee's "Rock The Party (Bang Bang)". On this standout track the Sacramento rhymesayer and longtime JR&PH7 collaborator rocks your local house party over a hard knocking drum break that will leave you with neck problems. With the release of this new EP, the two German beatsmiths let everybody know that they are a force to reckon with in 2015. There is light in the darkness, just ask JR&PH7.
Pawz One announces the release of his album ‘Face The Facts’, after releasing 3 well received mixtapes and independently touring the United States, Pawz One returns with his first solo album. Featuring a combination of gritty and smooth production from Los Angeles producers Default & Breeze that embody the genuine golden-era style. Heavyweight guests such as Rakaa Iriscience of Dilated Peoples, Ras Kass, Termanology, 2Mex and Masta Ace all make solid appearances throughout the album. ‘Face The Facts’ is set to impact audiences all over the world by carrying on tradition and adding something new to hip hop’s already rich history. The culture's in good hands, it’s time to face the facts!