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PREMIERE: Shabaam Sahdeeq “Men of Respect,” F/ Torae, 8thW1 & Pumpkinhead


After laying down his career goals with “Get It,” Shabaam Sahdeeq enlists three Tri-state bruisers for new single “Men of Respect.” It features Jersey City’s 8thw1 along with Sahdeeq’s fellow Brooklynites Torae and the late PH (aka Pumpkinhead) who tragically passed away earlier this year.

“Men of Respect” closes out Sahdeeq’s soon-coming EP, Modern Artillery, and it does so with a celebratory air. That’s partly due to the heat supplied by Big Ape, whose sample-flipping instrumental blends perfectly with DJ Devastate’s scratch-laden hook.

Their backdrop makes for a slick complement to the four MCs on the track, each adding their own artistry and batch of charisma. They swap bars about the finer points of fashion, embarrassing their contemporaries, and finding inspiration in seeing Obama in the White House. Its sound may be upbeat, but “Men of Respect” is also a sobering reminder of just how much hip-hop misses PH. That being said, his fans, family, and friends can at least find solace in his work on here and within his rich catalogue.

Modern Artillery hits all major digital retailers on Oct. 13 via Elite Fleet Records. Limited cassette copies will be available on Oct. 17 (aka Cassette Store Day) while a vinyl pressing is scheduled for the near future.


01. D.I.L.L.I.G.A.F.

02. Be About It (feat. Outerspace)

03. Gladiator School (feat. Ruste Juxx)

04. Get It

05. Chance (feat. Reef the Lost Cauze)

06. All Over the World

07. Men of Respect (feat. PH, Torae & 8thW1)

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