Shaliek [or Big Sha aka Poetry] recorded a single, Reload The Clip, for Kult Recs in 1994. Kult was a New York based house/dance label that hadn’t release any other hip hop artists. About 20 test pressings were made, with studio time funded by the group, but the record was never released. A [shady] label called Funkin Recs bootlegged the TP soon after and a small number were pressed, just ripped from that very rare TP [an inside job perhaps?]. The joints for the 12″ were recorded at Bryan’s Studio in Astoria, Queens and due to limited funds, each track had to be tied up in a matter of 4 hours!
Producer Artwell Smart came up in Corona Queens and he, Sha & Shabay had a group called Zig Zag Zig. Artwell was in high school with Dr Butcher, original X-Men member and producer. Artwell learned a whole lot about production from Butcher, who went on to do scratches on Kool G Rap & Polo’s albums, as well as production on G Rap’s & Akinyele’s mid 90s material, among others. And on the subject of Kool G Rap, Artwell was in an early [unknown] rap group with him called Rappateers – all music now lost, alas. Back then Artwell was known as Spanish Fly [due to his Puerto Rican origins] and they gave the last copy of their demo tape to Herbie The Luv Bug. A short time after, G Rap signed with Marley and the Rappateers were over.
We gained access to the original DAT recordings of the “Reload The Clip” 12″ single as well as 2 incredible, unheard demo joints off cassette. Shout out to Artwell Smart, DJ Mista Sinista & Simon Pehlgrim who helped make this happen. PEEP IT >>>>
Big Sha aka Poetry – Poet’s Ambition EP
A1 Reload the clip
A2 Reload The Clip (Remix)
A3 Outer Limits
B1 Poets Ambition
B2 Once Upon a Rhyme feat. Artwell Smart, Shabay & DJ Mista Sinista.
All tracks produced by Artwell Smart except A2 produced by DJ Mista Sinista. All scratches by DJ Mista Sinista.
£19.99 + shipping
There will be 350 copies pressed ONLY
This first 120 copies will be on Clear Red Purple mixed coloured vinyl.
And the remaining 230 are on traditional black vinyl
ONLY BLACK VINYL IN STOCK