Shaheedullah and Stereotypes

Shaheedullah and Stereotypes

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by Ali Shaheed Muhammad
     
 

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The third and last Tribe Called Quest member to release a solo album, Ali Shaheed Muhammad not only had much to prove but also much to say compared to his former bandmates, Q-Tip and Phife Dawg. As a strictly instrumental part of Tribe (mostly as a DJ, also as a producer), Muhammad never had a voice previously, and asSee more details below

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The third and last Tribe Called Quest member to release a solo album, Ali Shaheed Muhammad not only had much to prove but also much to say compared to his former bandmates, Q-Tip and Phife Dawg. As a strictly instrumental part of Tribe (mostly as a DJ, also as a producer), Muhammad never had a voice previously, and as a long-practicing Muslim, he obviously had a clear message to bring. Shaheedullah and Stereotypes balances his life as a Muslim and also an American, featuring a barrage of message tracks dealing with topics from education to race relations to love and family to spirituality, although he has guest vocalists to proclaim many of his points. (Not by coincidence, all of them are members of his Garden Seeker production company -- Chip-Fu formerly of Fu-Schnickens, Stokley Williams of Mint Condition, Sy Smith, and Kay Jay.) Muhammad's productions are understated, most of them relying on the Tribe blueprint of fuzzy keys and pointed beats, but also including several songs with a full live band. The highlights -- "Industry/Life" and "All Right (Aight)" featuring his own vocals, and "Put Me On" led by Williams -- are pleasant R&B jams that spring out of simple riffs and meander about for several minutes before fading out. Nobody's blaming him for having rappers several cuts below his Tribe regulars, but Shaheedullah and Stereotypes is a troublesome record. With few clear targets and few hooks to spark an audience, Muhammad never produces a track half as kinetic or catchy as A Tribe Called Quest did on a regular basis.

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Product Details

Release Date:
10/12/2004
Label:
Penalty
UPC:
0827133700313
catalogNumber:
337003

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Ali Shaheed Muhammad   Primary Artist,scratching,Keyboards,Vocals,Background Vocals,Multi Instruments,Sampling
Bashiri Johnson   Percussion
Chris "Daddy" Dave   Bass,Percussion,Drums
Bubz Fiddler   Piano,Synthesizer Bass
Stokley   Drums,Vocals,Slide Guitar
Michael "Busta" Jones   Bass,Guitar,Bass Guitar,Keyboards,Synthesizer Strings
Tim Donovan   Guitar (3 String)
Leroy Thomas   Trumpet
Joyce Jackson   Background Vocals
Sy Smith   Vocals,Background Vocals,Synthesizer Strings
Isaac Smith   Trombone
Marcus Strickland   Tenor Saxophone
Robert Glasper   fender rhodes
Luke Austin   Flute
Chalmers "Spanky" Alford   Guitar
Kay Jay   Track Performer
Wallace Garry   Track Performer
Erika Marlin   Background Vocals
Lawrence Wayne Perry   Background Vocals
Michele Thibeaux   Background Vocals
Elizabeth Vaughn   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Louis Alfred   Engineer
Chris "Daddy" Dave   Producer,Engineer,drum programming
Bubz Fiddler   Engineer
Ali Shaheed Muhammad   Composer,Producer,Engineer,drum programming,Cover Text
Gary Wallace   Contributor
Sy Smith   Composer

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