A spell with a loudness–Shabaam!
Sahdeeq! A wizard’s oracling a way for humanity to prosper from its own world it ever creates.
Time, invented to keep mortals productive from the dazzle of the immortals penning space.
Moments could be preserved as past so the heart wouldn’t cry
A future so the potential of greatness would always have a home
All in time and so the immortal may play…
If it’s only a decade of crates made then this be the near end of the #InvisibleRenaissance. And so it got to be said, as loudly as the great music and Arts that silently give contrast to the worst rap music ever told, sold, sung and brung in these wary hours. That there was a man of love and loyalty, knighted as such like 2 L’s up, and truly was a Renaissance man of this era.
Shabaam Sahdeeq, a survivor of the #DarkAges, from more than any mere repression of his powerful early singles on Rawkus, but imprisonment and building his life back supremely. To then enter this decade and use all of his freedom tools and culture weapons to merge his Black Book rebellions, canvass capturings and his deft lyrical addictions, Shabaam has impacted Hip Hop greatly.
With such subtle dominance, Timeless: of the Collection is released and pushes anthemic builds to the forefront. As Shabaam built, he tells us how important the graffiti arts are in his thinking and approaches his lyricism and song crafting in the same manner. So these songs, made, held, worked well, reworked stronger, are collected here as a capsule of immediate moments mixed with longer intervals of contemplation. If this be, then it be that the upliftment in the verse is done twofold with advice from experience, that wisdom, rhymed to us, not at us and just raw displays of that advice lived in all its rejuvenating illness, that understanding culture. Now that’s 2, 3 and 4 so the rest of this count is unraveling the enduring score.
The journaled life of “Black Book Session,” sets the tempo and the context for Timeless. Shabaam’s ever masterful tempo of controlled flux where his phrases bars stay solid in the pocket, with the slightest of bursts and inflections to keep us on a rhythmic glide. As when he rhymes with a mixture of personal details that frame the macro hell of the times within his emerging graffiti inspirations, “Everybody was aught up Chris came to the rec center/bag full of ones that smelled like ass so he went to his aunt’s house to wash them, hang em up, dry em up then band them up to snash/i was too young for that/my mom’s wasn’t having that/Ugghh!/loose sketches of my Black book, wild style, juveniles writing on school walls, they kicked me out” The story is a joy to wonder at, relate to and awe at as he seems to punctuate a vowel nearly on every snare.
In real life, Shabaam rhymes, so as his daily speech is sincere and honorably intentioned, we now nest in the anthems he throws throughout. “Cold Corners” looks around then into our eyes for stories that scarred and molded the iron flesh to prevail, which bleeds into “Street Code” and the focus on protecting their life with net worth. It all lends Timeless with a intense competitive drive as the simile filled “Bars,” that opens the ears for the inspiring anthems as “Freedom (RMX)” (“Black Power only, no marching and crying…”). These songs become a wielding of insights (“Haters,” “Get Up & Get It”) and experience (“Love You”) that peak with “Limitless” that offers clues to his blueprint (“…Willie Lynch made a science on how to divide us and they put it in books/they ain’t even try to hide it/we gotta unify…if only you could see it/map it out and be it/sometimes you gotta take the scenic to the picnic…”).
As 2014’s Keepers of the Lost Arts, his last Long Player, the beat selection thrives in the thudding snares and boomed drums that pound to a filled room. The title track by Chuck Ice Rocks has a reverberating essence in it the wah-wah guitars and roaming basslines that we are transported back to his Polyrhythm Addicts prime. DJ Ready Cee crowds the entire room in the bass’d smoke that snare puffs thickness on “It’s A Must,” the ideal 1,2 beat precision of DJ Doom is offered on “Elevate” with tinkling keys that vibe us to thinking beyond the skies while J57 opens on a sinister organ to chiming keys and warping riffs for a deep boom, steady snare and sharp cuts on the chorus on “Grown Man Rap (GMR).”
After so much graf work, Art canvases, inspired Art shows, live Mic Controlling concerts, progressive EPs and helping to further the Lo Life Hip Hop Arts movement, the Long Player, like this joint Timeless, will be where we will go to edutain ourselves on how a renaissance man thought and how he did so much for our people.
So day by day, hour to minute cause the hell of awaiting on a well worth rewind is all in that realized minute of woe, Now.
For the wonder of one, timeless because all moments will salute him.
Rhyme blessed, the patterns hold their shape for men to quote and children to sing.
Sound enhanced, the noisy rooms of the future will find space.
Thought enhanced, the Black books open, the murals motivate and the canvases all clamor for the Art’s meaning.
Timelessness has finally brought more…
#LOVEandLOYALTY A #LoLife
The organization of these principles around a counterculture, an expressive arts of creation that uplifts the ideas and thoughts of an oppressed people, is why I’m an honored builder amongst legends, knighted by heroes of Medina (Rakim Supreme Shabazz Allah/Rudy Lo, Thirstin Howl the 3rd, Bonz Malone) to further create in my element as a Hip Hop Writer of #ArtOnArt & #ScienceOnMusic. So the world may find love that locks in with the action of loyalty though they may never find another writer with my kind of grammar…
Living and sharing the pillars of:
Peace, Sunez Allah