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Written by: Robbie Ettelson
You might remember Killa Sha as the guy that Rafi called a weed carrier at the “BK Hip-Hop Festival”, but Sha Lumi is no new jack. Apparently he was rolling with Tragedy back in 1986 as a member of the Super Kids with Craig G, although the only record ever credited to the crew was Trag’s solo “The Tragedy (Don’t Do It)” aka “Coke Is It”. He had a group called the Killa Kidz who you might remember getting shouts on mid-90s Mobb joints, so he’s been active through the various eras of Bridge rap. But where as some of the old QBC vets have fallen-off, gotten lazy or wasted superior vocals on weak beats, Sha has dropped a series of hardcore street albums like The Black Eminem (ho-haa!) and Da Billy Colez Story.
After bumping his first official album for the past week, I’ve gotta admit that this most entertaining album I’ve heard all year. Everything from the superior beat selections, “righteous ignorant” lyrics and over-the-top adlibs (that make Jim Jones, Tony Yayo and Solomon Childs all sound restrained) come together to knock ‘em out the box. Large Pro, Ayatollah, J-Love and Havoc all deliver winners as expected, but even the up-and-comers like Jewelz Polar, DJ Rated R and Grudge come through, and as a result only two of the seventeen cuts get the skip treatment. Sha delivers the energy of a youngster but without the classic freshman mistakes of wack skits or corny song concepts. He sticks to a script of non-progressive Bridge street rap, but builds on the lessons from mentor Trag and vets like Large Pro while adding his own unique twist. He also makes several references to being a “chubby chaser” – how many dudes have got the stones to put that on a record? If you don’t own this by the end of the week, you might as well put on some white sunglasses and tight jeans before throwing yourself into the nearest river.
Killa Sha - “Come On”
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