Communicating Vessels' recording artists Shaheed and DJ Supreme are one of hip hops' most consistent groups. They hail from Birmingham, Alabama, but you won’t find them categorized among the typical dirty south artists. They are, in fact, seen as practitioners of traditional boom-bap hip hop.
The duo, who have worked together since 2000, began this collaboration in 2007 and have an impressive track record to authenticate their expertise. They've released two critically acclaimed LPs (Health Wealth & Knowledge of Self and Scholar Warrior (The Remix Album)). They have shared the stage with Raekwon, Atmosphere, Brother Ali, as well as, labelmates The Green Seed. They’ve toured North America and opened for Akil the MC during the J5 European tour last summer. They also performed at the CMJ Music Marathon in 2014.
With 2013 came the release of their much anticipated third LP, Knowledge, Rhythm, and Understanding which was mixed by Darrell Thorp (Radiohead, Beck) and mastered by Paul Logus (Jimmy Page, Notorious BIG) and was listed in the “Top 50 Hip Hop Albums Of 2013” by CMJ. This was their debut label release and showcases Shaheed’s skillful lyrical agility and DJ Supreme’s soulful production leaving listeners perfectly inspired.
They consider themselves brothers in Humanity and in the culture of hip hop. In, “Champions Of Truth”, featuring Akil the MC, it’s understood that to Shaheed, Dj Supreme, and many in their cohort, if its’ not Knowledge, Rhythm, and Understanding, it might not be as important as perceived.
Throughout the album DJ Supreme’s refined techniques create an unimaginable space for Shaheed’s proficient lyrical freedoms. Both are sent forth boldly to sharpen the receiver.
The album released on August 20, 2013 and is available on CD, Vinyl, and Digitally.
“This might make you think these cats are on some throwback tip, and you’d be right to assume that. But “Champions of Truth” is that timeless, unapologetic brand of hip-hop with nods to the past (peep the Chronic and Doggystyle references).”
–Potholes In My Blog
“…listen to their 3rd effort Knowledge, Rhythm & Understanding to realize that they haven’t lost a step and their music is as fresh as ever.”
“Shaheed and Supreme keep the wisdom of old school with a new and expanding consciousness.” -Impose