Fans of the underground know New York native Shabaam Sahdeeq for his appearances on Rawkus albums like Soundbombing and Lyricist Lounge. He is also a member of the group Polyrhythm Addicts with fellow indie heavyweights DJ Spinna, Tiye Phoenix and Mr. Complex. He has rapped alongside Eminem, Pharoahe Monch, Busta Rhymes, Kool G Rap, Common, Mos Def, Talib Kweli, Redman, Method man and many more, and has spit over beats by super-producers Alchemist, Hi-Tek, Ayatollah, and others. His newest releases are an album called Strategize and a mixtape called Relentless, both of which serves as a precursors to his upcoming Draft Records effort, The Out Come.
So Freestyle 101 was beyond stoked when our homeboy DJ J-Ronin hooked us up with Shabaam for a session at Play Studios in New York to hear him do his thang over a slick Lord G beat. Shabaam gave us a history lesson in the Big Apple underground, including tales from the legendary freestyle haven Lyricist Lounge. It was a pleasure to hear him spit and drop knowledge.
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