Rawkus Records will always be remembered for being pivotal in the development of Hip-Hop at the turn of the century. Now cherished for showcasing acts such as Mos Def and Talib Kweli, the label was adamant in representing all of their artists, including the diamond-in-the-rough Shabaam Sahdeeq. Although the legendary label is a relic of the past, the “Arabian Nights” emcee hasn’t let that stop his ability to spit a few bars on the independent scene. Shot in a bright and fluid style on location throughout Kings County, “Stop It” has Sahdeeq calling out those who are only in the game to chase fame. “Stop It” is one of the many bangers featured on Alterbeats recently released sophomore album Class Struggle, which is now available for purchase via iTunes and Fat Beats. Hit the jump for the visuals and buy-links!
Class Struggle is the sophomore producer compilation from ALTERPROD‘s in-house producer, Alterbeats. The album expands upon the creative direction as its predecessor The French Revolution, by adhering to a social commentary on class struggle, while addressing the current global economic crisis. The album boasts guests appearances from both legendary and upcoming underground mainstay emcees Tragedy Khadafi, Neek The Exotic, Shabaam Sahdeeq, Copywrite, Bekay, Verbal Kent, Skeezo, and Mic Handz, among others. Class Struggle is now available in both digital format through all major digital retailers, as well physical CD, where it will be sold through several record shops and online outlets. Hit the jump where you can stream the project in its entirety before heading over iTunes or Fat Beats to cop!
Although The Tuckerman Hall Psychiatric Center in Middletown, New York may be abandoned, it seems as if the 140 year old facility might have acquired a few new inpatients with the arrival of Shabaam Sahdeeq (S-Dub), Skeezo and Mic Handz. The trio put on a clinical demonstration of how to properly grind and hustle amidst the insanity of the modern day rap game, with “Grustle,” the debut video off French producer Alterbeats‘ sophomore compilation LP, Class Struggle, which becomes available on CD and digital download on October 29th. Class Struggle includes guests appearances from both legendary and upcoming underground mainstay emcees Tragedy Khadafi, Neek The Exotic, Shabaam Sahdeeq, Guilty Simpson, The Rockness Monstah, Copywrite, Bekay and Verbal Kent, among others. Hit the jump and let the madness begin!
Alpha Faktion are a NY based Hip-Hop alliance consisting of emcees KrazeILLA The Monster and Azwun, alongside DJ EnYouTee. The trio are no strangers to NYC’s underground scene and have been steadily on the grind in promotion for their forthcoming extended play release, Truth, Lies & Audiotape. In promotion of the EP, the crew has joined forces with Brooklyn’s underground veteran Shabaam Sahdeeq for the project’s debut leak, “Bodybagz,” produced by Vherbal. Taking it straight to the basement with sharp tongued flows over Vherbal’s hypnotic production, “Bodybagz” pushes the nod factor well into the red zone. Hit the jump to give it a listen and stay tuned for more leaks off TLA, scheduled to drop in early ’13.
In promotion for Nutso’s extended play release, Behind These Bars, which is now available, the Q-Borough spitter delivers the visuals for the projects debut single “Blowing Up,” featuring borough-mate mic vet Royal Flush and Brooknam’s Shabaam Sahdeeq (a/k/a S-Dub). Directed by Lightward Media, the visuals document the rising success of the three artists as they are the featured cover story of every major print magazine and newspaper circulation from The New York Sun, TIme, Esquire, Billboard, Rolling Stone, XXL, Life, USA Today, RESPECT., Vibe, The Hollywood Reporter, Fader, Car And Driver and more. Behind These Bars is now available through all major digital retailers.