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MCMI REPORT: Shabaam Sahdeeq drops new album! Guest stars galore!

MCMI REPORT: Shabaam Sahdeeq drops new album! Guest stars galore!

MCMI REPORT: Shabaam Sahdeeq drops new album! Guest stars galore!

Okay, I admit that headline was just to grab your attention. It could have read “SHABAAM SAHDEEQ IS BACK WITH A BANGER OF AN ALBUM WITH BEATS THAT ARE CRAZY AND FEATURING PLANET ASIA, MASTA ACE, MILANO CONSTANTINE, RAS KASS, EL GANT, J57, NICK WIZ, EL DA SENSEI & MORE!” True, that’s a little too many words for the title, lol, but it’s accurate!

Timeless: Of The Collection is Shabaam’s first album in 3 years and is the first in a Timeless album series in four or five parts to be released over the next two years. First let’s talk about the beats. Sahdeeq describes them as that

“dirty-sounding SP-1200/MPC sample type ish I love to spit to” 

Producers on the album include J57 (Westside Gunn, Joey Bada$$), Nick Wiz (Rakim, Cella Dwellas), DJ Doom (Blacastan, Nutso), Icerocks (Meyhem Lauren) and Arcitype (Vinnie Paz, Ruste Juxx). The production itself will have you nodding before the rhymes even start. The hooks, many scratch choruses, some spoken, a few sung, are all catchy and keep the song in your head. Among the notable featured MC’s on the album are Planet Asia, Milano Constantine (D.I.T.C), Masta Ace, Ras Kass, El Da Sensei (Artifacts) and El Gant to name a few.

Lyrically? Shabaam is on his A-game. Metaphors, stories of the past, wordplay, realism, battle-raps, it’s all in there. These are not freestyle joints, but well constructed, concept songs that will have you nodding your head in agreement. Whether you have been a fan since the Rawkus days or are a new listener you will be not be disappointed. 

The album is available for stream and immediate purchase via Bandcamp and Audiomack currently and will be available via iTunes and all other digital retailers on January 13th.

Stream/buy Timeless: Of The Collection from the Bandcamp or Stream via Audiomack 

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MCMI REPORT: Shabaam Sahdeeq drops new album! Guest stars galore!

Skillz vs Uncle Murda 2017 rap-ups + Diss track!

As per usual Virginia MC Skillz has dropped his year end “Rap up” rhyming about the many notable things that have happened over the last 365 days. While his track runs down the things that have happened in politics, music and pop culture, Uncle Murda who admittedly “Jacked Mad Skillz shit” goes a little further and adds a bit more scandal and hip hop dirt to his.

After a few years of Skillz feeling ripped off by Murda he decided enough is enough and came back with “Murda gram” a scathing diss track that goes directly at Uncle Murda’s head!


So what do you think guys? who has the better 2017 Rap up? What do you think of Skillz Diss track? Do you think Uncle Murder will respond? who will have the last laugh in this battle? I already know the answer to that one: THE LISTENERS AND LOVERS OF REAL HIP HOP! thats who!

Follow: LR Blitzkrieg   |   Skillz   |   Uncle Murda 

MCMI REPORT: Sha Stimuli – Lazarus

MCMI REPORT: Sha Stimuli – Lazarus

As tumultuous and uncertain times continue to exist in the world, Sha Stimuli provides a soundtrack for those that want to remain grateful yet continue to strive for greatness, with Lazarus.
MCMI REPORT: Sha Stimuli - Lazarus

This one slipped by without a write up from me when it came out and couple months ago, but I wanted to shine some light on it before the year is up, because Sha Stimuli is an artist who always drops knowledge along with his entertainment and there are major gems on this project.

For instance on Jail University, he schools us with “Jail over Yale, Rikers over Rutgers” about how it seems like there is more celebration over coming home from a bid than graduating college and how having been incarcerated would have gotten him a lot more street cred and promotion for his music than college.

MCMI REPORT: Sha Stimuli - LazarusNever afraid to divulge into important and controversial topics, the amount of substance Sha Stimuli puts into on “Lazarus”, will unquestionably stand out amongst other releases. If you want to know more about Sha, how he grew up, what led him to pursue basketball and then Hip Hop, his dreams to become the best MC and rich along the way, how he felt when he lost his record deal and other mishaps of his career, check out The Wake Pt 2 featuring MeLa Mechinko. 

All the songs are heavily autobiographical and intensely introspective and self-reflective. This album sounds like therapy for Sha. His MCing is on the highest level, as always. He has intricate flows, schemes, rhythm and cadence, but besides that, you can tell Sha is working through his demons. Paired with catchy and meaningful choruses, it is amazingly entertaining to listen to.

Over the years Stimuli has release an enormous amount of music, which helped his core fans get to know him on a deep level. Some of the tracks didn’t match the lyricism, sonically, but this project is NOT lacking there. Your head is going to nod whether you care about lyrics or not (but we know you do or you wouldn’t be on this website).  Production is handled by Redd Lettaz, Vanderslice & Green Steez, Black Metaphor, Nytroglic, Agor, Eddie Brock 661, and Lucki Handz with features by Redd Lettaz, MeLa Machinko, Apryl Williams, and Jennifer Myles. The album was mixed by Amond “AJ” Jackson and Rob Thomas for Salem Psalms, and mastered by Brian “Change” Penny. “Lazarus” will be released through 10 Minutes Late Records.

Definitely worth a salute in 2017, you can listen to the tracks right here on the BandCamp player or follow the links to support the artist, so we can continue to hear more more Hip Hop that expresses something real and pushes the culture forward, in an era of tight pants and “Molly, Percocet“. You can download the digital release or get an autographed CD.

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MCMI REPORT: Sha Stimuli – Lazarus

MCMI REPORT: SUBSTANTIAL ‘SEEDS’ EP

MCMI REPORT: SUBSTANTIAL ‘SEEDS’ EP

MCMI REPORT: SUBSTANTIAL ‘SEEDS’ EP is an instrumental project produced by SUBSTANTIAL, available now on BANDCAMP and available everywhere else on Dec 29th, 2017.

Happy Holidays from Substantial! Here’s a little something he’s been been keeping quiet for a long time: not only is he an amazing MC, he makes beats!  

I produced my first beat when I was 15 years old and never looked back. But even though I have been making instrumentals virtually nonstop for two decades, these days, I have only really shared them with my students and officially released even less. – Substantial

Fast forward to 2017. With a boatload of beats, more than he has written songs to, Stan decided to embark on a mission to produce his first official instrumental album, entitled, The Garden (out in 2018). But before there can be a garden, we need seeds to plant.

MCMI REPORT: SUBSTANTIAL 'SEEDS' EP

Enters the 8 track EP, Seeds featuring seven instrumentals and one remix. The project consist of several older beats Substantial produced, plus a few new ones and an insane remix of Tonedeff’s song Moment. 

HAPPY HOLIDAYS! Listen. Enjoy. Share.

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MCMI REPORT: SUBSTANTIAL ‘SEEDS’ EP

Sean Price & Small Professor – “Refrigerator P”

Sean Price & Small Professor – “Refrigerator P”

Sean Price & Small Professor – “Refrigerator P” just dropped Black Friday aka Record Store Day 2017. “Refrigerator P,” a bruiser of a track from Philly producer Small Professor and the late, legendary Sean Price, released by Coalmine Records. To coincide with the single, Fat Beats will be releasing “Refrigerator P” on vinyl in honor of Record Store Day.

Sean Price & Small Professor - "Refrigerator P"

As soon as the track starts and you hear “P!” you know its on! Rockness Monsta on the hook, it’s almost a Heltah Skeltah joint. With DJ Revolution on the cuts, the song is tough.
 
Now available as a 10-Inch maxi-single which comes loaded with the instrumental and a special bonus beat selection called “P’s Theme.” Rounding out the release is the smoothed out “Peaky Blinders” remix of “Refrigerator P” featuring the Emerald Isle-born emcee, Rob Kelly. Listeners will no doubt attest that he holds his weight alongside P. 
 
To make this RSD title even more of a collector’s item is the illustrated artwork designed by FRKO, perhaps best known for being Action Bronson’s in-house artist. These won’t last long, so order your copy today! “Refrigerator P” is also available for stream and download through the digital outlet of your choice.

Sean Price & Small Professor - "Refrigerator P"

Sean Price & Small Professor – “Refrigerator P”

Side A: 
“Refrigerator P (feat. The Rockness Monstah & DJ Revolution)”
“Refrigerator P” (Instrumental)

Side B:
“Refrigerator P (feat. Rob Kelly) [Peaky Blinders Remix]” 
“P’s Theme” (Bonus Beat)

Twitter
Sean Price (RIP): @seanprice
• Small Professor: @smallpro
• Rock: @_ROCKNESS_
DJ Revolution: @djrevolution

*Mixed by Carl Roe: @carlroe
*Mastered by D-Sane for Digital Age Sound: www.digitalagesound.com
*Artwork illustrated by FRKO: @freakorico