RIP DJ Father Shaheed of ’90s Hip-Hop Act Poor Righteous Teachers


Father Shaheed, the DJ/producer of the pro-Black conscious hip-hop group Poor Righteous Teachers, died yesterday after being involved in a motorcycle accident. The news was broken by Allhiphop. Details of what happened to Shaheed are still unclear at the moment, but several hip-hop luminaries including Public Enemy have taken to social media to remember the mixmaster. Formed in Trenton, NJ in the ’80s, Poor Righteous Teachers earned a legion of fans in the ’90s for street savvy songs like “Rock Dis Funky Joint” that were embedded with political messages. The group released its fourth and final album, The New World Order, in 1996. The LP featured guest appearances by The Fugees, KRS-One, Nine, Brother J of X-Clan and Junior Reid.

Yehouda Silverman

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