According to “The Boombox“, the hip-hop family has lost another one of its pioneers. Father Shaheed, the DJ for the Trenton, NJ rap group Poor Righteous Teachers, passed away after sustaining injuries from a motorcycle accident over the weekend. He was 45-years-old.

Wise Intelligent released a statement saying,

“POOR RIGHTEOUS TEACHERS would like to thank everyone from around the way,

country. and world for their condolences, thoughts, prayers and well wishes

concerning the passing of our dearest brother, friend, companion, comrade and

fellow teacher – FATHER SHAHEED. This hurts beyond the head, heart and stomach. This pain cuts deep into the souls of who we are. We were more than just a “rap group” and Shaheed was more than just a member and brilliant DJ/producer. He was a great human being, a loyal friend, a great father, a great brother, a damn

good son, and a committed husband.

FATHER SHAHEED’S influence in and on our lives runs much deeper than musical

recordings. Shaheed was responsible for the more healthy diets we’ve followed

for the past 25 years. He was also responsible for my understanding of the

necessity to be on point when it came to your studies as a 5 Percenter. He was

the first person I went through 120 degrees with – I never told him that, it was

my first time actually meeting him. He asked me what lessons I knew, I replied

“120” he said “prove it!”

THIS HAS BEEN a difficult three months for us, and thats saying the very least.

We just buried two GIANTS from among us less than three months ago, now we are

about to bury a third. I imagine I am dreaming while I’m typing this, hoping

someone would tear the curtain down and let some light back into this empty


THE LAST TWO TIMES I saw Shaheed were at funerals – his mothers, and XHotep’s. Culture Freedom, Father Shaheed and I were all just together laughing over our memories and moments with our brother Xhotep. Sitting at that table we could have never imagined or fathomed that we’d be in this moment right here – right now?

BARE WITH ME if I have not returned your phone calls, text messages or replies

to your posts, I am sorry and hope that you can forgive me. I’ve been knocked

off my horse a few times this year alone, and each time it gets harder and

harder to get back on. Mounting this horse at this moment seems next to

impossible. I will give it some time and as Culture Freedom has taught me – let

“patience have its place”.

Shah Phillips Cultfree Freedom Kerry Williams Wise Intelligent


Poor Righteous Teachers will always be revered by the Hip Hop community and not for nothing. Their debut album “Holy Intellect” earned then a Hip Hop head cult like following after they dropped their classic song‘Rock Dis Funky Joint.’  They were known for sick flows, interesting word play and lyrical content, as well as eclectic beat selection…not much else can be asked of hip hop artists.

The Funeral will be held on Saturday, May 31, 2014 at Shiloh Baptist Church in Trenton, NJ.

We send our condolences to the other members of the group; Wise Intelligent and Culture Freedom as well as his family, friends, fans and all who loved Father Shaheed. Job well done sir.



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