[TRIBUTE] R.I.P. Killa Sha
Killa Sha, Mr. SOS & Phantom – “Live From Studio B” (Produced By Abeo Rzo) | [DOWNLOAD]
Just when you thought the year was getting off to a good start – lots of bad news this month. In the midst of a catastrophic tragedy in Haiti, back in Queens, hip hop has been dealt another blow.
Last week I learned that Killa Sha (aka Sha Lumi), Queens veteran and friend, passed away recently due to complications with his diabetes. This undoubtedly comes as bad news to anybody who ever knew him or worked with him. For those that don’t know, Sha worked with highly respected MCs & producers such as Marley Marl, Alchemist, Kool G. Rap, Mobb Deep (Sha was their 1st DJ), Stretch Armstrong, Big Pun, and Tragedy Khadafi (formerly known as Intelligent Hoodlum, writer of the original “Arrest The President” for Bush #1) to name a few. You could also find Killa Sha verses on some of your old Kay Slay, Cut Master C and Green Lantern mix tapes. Dude really was serious on the mic and he was seriously dedicated. With a rep that goes back as far as the Juice Crew, Killa Sha was what underground hip hop was made of. He was one of us, and he will be missed.
I didn’t know Sha for too long, but when I did know him he made me feel like fam. I was booked by an MC named Phantom for a show in Kansas City with him and Abeo Rzo (a producer I work with) and even though we all had just met it felt like we knew each other for years. We basically rocked out like rock stars in KC, and that’s what “Live From Studio B” was all about. Just “four dudes more cool than the other side of your pillow” having a good time in the name of hip hop.
Here’s some tight joints from Killa Sha:
I’m going to get back to writing, but I just want to say that I think Sha would want us to celebrate his life rather than mourn him, so have a good day, enjoy his music, and R.I.P. to Killa Sha.