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Lakim Shabazz The Lost Tribe Of Shabazz Tuff City • 1990

Alright, a lot has been said about his first album 'Pure Righteousness' but the sophomore album of this member of the 5 Percent Nation of Islam and the Flavor Unit is dope as well! In fact, it’s a record that still finds its way to my turntables from time to time. And if you think you haven’t heard of the album, you did, caus Inspectah Deck referred to it on the Wu song '7th Chamber': 'I leave you lost like the Tribe of Shabazz'. Although he didn’t produce the whole album (like the first one) most of the beats are by Mark the 45 King.

It has to be said: the combination of the pumpin funk beats, the fantastic horns and Lakim’s unique rapping style is superb. Lakim seemed more relaxed than on the first LP and totally rips the mic! Funky dope and a dance floor classic is 'Need Some Lovin': you may recall the beat from Alkaholiks’ 'Aaw Shit'...and this is 7 years earlier! Always nice to hear again, is 'When You See A Devil Smash Him', a typical 45 beat with Lakim smashing not only the devil but the rugged beat. Of course Lakim’s political awareness and criticism is strikingly fierce ('No Justice, No Peace') but on the terrific 'Ladies', Shabazz makes some time for the amazing creatures that women are: 'I’m not a dog, my name’s not Lassie, every once in a while I feel kinda nasty!'

Also, let’s not forget the fantastic production on 'Notes of Def' and 'Style Wars' with amazing trumpet solos and piano licks. Later on, Lakim started workin with Diamond D. For instance, on Class A Felony’s album and Diamond's debut 'Stunts, Blunts & Hip-Hop', but soon he disappeared from the rap scene. But what a legacy he left!


POSTED ON 12|28|2004 by cpf

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