“Men of Respect” closes out Sahdeeq’s soon-coming EP, Modern Artillery, and it does so with a celebratory air. That’s partly due to the heat supplied by Big Ape, whose sample-flipping instrumental blends perfectly with DJ Devastate’s scratch-laden hook.
Their backdrop makes for a slick complement to the four MCs on the track, each adding their own artistry and batch of charisma. They swap bars about the finer points of fashion, embarrassing their contemporaries, and finding inspiration in seeing Obama in the White House. Its sound may be upbeat, but “Men of Respect” is also a sobering reminder of just how much hip-hop misses PH. That being said, his fans, family, and friends can at least find solace in his work on here and within his rich catalogue.
‘Modern Artillery’ hits all major digital retailers on Oct. 13 via Elite Fleet Records. Limited cassette copies will be available on Oct. 17 (aka Cassette Store Day) while a vinyl pressing is scheduled for the near future.