Tampa hip-hop artist Rahim Samad drops track with NYC’s Skyzoo to celebrate vinyl release

Listen to ‘8th Wonder’ now.

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To celebrate his Nubian Tapestries album being pressed to vinyl, Tampa hip-hop artist Rahim Samad collaborated on a track with Brooklyn-based rapper Skyzoo, who was in town for a show over the summer.

The track, called “8th Wonder”, was produced by Samad and has the wordsmiths trading witty verses over a hypnotic, jazzy soundscape.

“Skyzoo has always put out great albums and I have been a fan of his work, especially albums like Retropolitian, Easy Truth,” Samad told Creative Loafing Tampa Bay. “He's like a seasoned jazz player in the way that he makes these projects that draws listeners into his world.”

Samad says that he reached out to Skyzoo about doing the track. He had plenty of beats ready to go, and he shared the one he thought would appeal most to Skyzoo. They took turns laying  down their verses, and the rest is hip-hop history.

Nubian Tapestries has been a well received project with the lead single “Iron Palisades” charting at number three on the Rap Attacks Lives Mixshow charts. The album is now available on black vinyl as well as the red collector's edition that are both on sale through Samad’s Bandcamp page.

“The vinyl release means alot to me because vinyl is one of the best formats of music and the best way to listen to music,” Samad told CL. He says that vinyl is like an antique, and it captures the vibe and image of the music in a way that streaming it can't.

“When someone goes out their way to get the vinyl version of an album, it means they connect to that music in a deeper way,” Samad says. “So it's exciting as an artist to have music on vinyl and see people enjoy it that way.”

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Justin Garcia

Justin Garcia has written for The Nation, Investigative Reporters & Editors Journal, the USA Today Network and various other news outlets. When he's not writing, Justin likes to make music, read, play basketball and spend time with loved ones. 

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