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Book of Shabazz: The Hidden Scrollz

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Album Review

After a number of solo singles and membership in the Wu-Tang Clan's extended family, Shabazz the Disciple finally delivered his first album in late 2003. A long period of time had passed since his prominent appearance on Gravediggaz' "Diary of a Madman" single, so he didn't exactly strike while the iron was hot. Still, there's no denying that this is an album to be reckoned with. While the production work isn't always top-notch, the whole record carries an update of the gritty East Coast sound of the early to mid-'90s, with sources including the likes of the RZA and Premier. Shabazz also gets some valuable assistance from Brand Nubian's Lord Jamar, Group Home's Lil' Dap, Killah Priest, and a handful of other MCs. This is by no means some lost masterpiece, but it's a shame that it didn't reach more listeners.


Genre: Hip-Hop/Rap

Years Active: '90s, '00s

One of the original Wu-Tang Clan affiliates, Shabazz the Disciple (born David Collins) didn't release his solo debut until 2003, with The Book of Shabazz (Hidden Scrollz). Before that, however, he had prominent guest spots on 6 Feet Deep, the 1994 debut of the RZA/Prince Paul-helmed group Gravediggaz, and put out a handful of singles — including the provocative, intelligent "Death Be the Penalty" on Tommy Boy. Signed to GZA Entertainment, Shabazz was set to release his LP in 1998, but when...
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