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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!

Artifacts – “Easter” (prod. by Khrysis)

The Artifacts solidified their place in Hip Hop history 20 years ago, but never achieved commercial success and then the truly gifted lyrical team fell out and parted ways.  “Easter” is their official resurrection, their “second coming”, bringing them “back to life”. The track, produced by Khrysis, is a head nodder for sure and the cuts from DJ Dutchmaster add to the sway of the rhythm. Fans of real lyrics and hard beats will appreciate this one.

Artifacts – “Easter” (prod. by Khrysis) by Diamond Media 360

DOWNLOAD: “Easter” - iTunes | Amazon | SoundCloud

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F.T. – “Metal Thangz II” (Nature & Fat Joe) vs “Metal Thangz” (OC & Pharoah Monch)

metal thangz 1 & 2 covers

FT from Street Smartz came out with Metal Thangz in 1996.  We cherished that joint for years, both for O.C.‘s and Pharoahe Monch’s collabo and for the promising newer artist FT, who’s bars were crazy, plus he had a co-sign from two already established giants. I still have the vinyl. All 3 verses on the original could get a hip hop quotable, in my opinion.

I don’t know about the new one yet, I just listened to it once and now I’m throwing it up here. I’ll let you all decide.

First up we got Nature & Fat Joe’s version. This is off FT’s newest mixtape “The BROOKLYN BEAST”

Metal Thangz II ft. Fat Joe & Nature (CLICK FOR LYRICS)

Produced by

Versus the original Metal Thangz ft. O.C & Pharoahe Monch (CLICK FOR LYRICS)

Produced by DJ OGEE

The BROOKLYN BEAST is available on iTunes. It has some bangers on there, featuring M.O.P, Eastsidaz, Buckshot, Sean Price, Swan, Kokane, Lil Cease, Tash (Alkaholiks), Organized Konfusion, El Da Sensei, Obie Trice, Shabaam Sahdeeq and more. The mixtape has some old classic joints some new stuff, and FT tears it down on all of them.