Shabaam Sahdeeq’s been quietly killing the game for almost a straight decade, and that’s not even counting the work he put in with Rawkus and Raptivism in the late ‘90s and early 2000s. Besides logging some highway miles with Sean Price and P.F. Cuttin on the Grown Man Rap Tour and hosting his own showcase, It’s Alive, in New York City, S-Dubs quietly released one of the stronger albums of the 2014 in Keepers of the Lost Art, an album that features cameos from the likes of Stimuli, Wais P, and Skyzoo along with production from Harry Fraud. When he’s not getting shouted out by Dave Chappelle or prepping for the Czech’s largest hip-hop festival, Hip-Hop Kemp, the part-time barber, full-time MC took some time to chop it up with us about Keepers of the Lost Art, his 2014 state of mind, the Shabaam Sahdeeq legacy, what’s been up with DJ Spinna, if a Polyrhythm Addicts reunion is possible, how often “5 Star Generals” gets referenced, his workout regimen, and much more in this insightful and exclusive interview.
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