Father Shaheed Of Poor Righteous Teachers Dead At 45

Father Shaheed Dead

“He was a great human being, a loyal friend, a great father, a great brother, a damn good son, and a committed husband.” ~Wise Intelligent

Some sad news to report… Hip Hop has lost another one of its own. Reports reveal… 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.

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

Wise Intelligent had this to say:

“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 areabout 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 room.

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?

BEAR 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”.


  1. Rest in peace. I am still a PRT fan. They were a very talented group of conscious young Black men who were blessed to gain notoriety during a good time in both life and hip hop. Their work is still impactful.

  2. rip shaheed. Brings back grade school memories of older cousins beatboxing easy star and rapping muddled fake patois while I nodded along at the breakfast table.

  3. RIP. He came from an underrated group that tried to bring something worthwhile to the game. They made me open up books and learn something.

  4. R.I.P. 2 Father Shaheed, you and your rap group time in the Music Industry was not lost on me, I was coming into my 20’s in the early 1990’s and I got the knowledge by just being inspired by KRS-1, Public Enemy, Paris, Brother J and his group, Gang Starr and “POOR RIGHTEOUS TEACHERS among other beacon’s of light in HIP-hop

  5. R.I.P it looks like god is call’en people’s in in massive amounts well my grandmother always told me this is not home were here but for a while my god bless his soul

  6. My condolences and peace to you and all that are grieving at this time. May they/he R.I.P.

  7. Rest in peace you will truly be missed. One of my favorite groups from back in the day.

  8. Aaaaahh!

    One of my favorite hip hop groups of ALL time!

    R.I.P. Father Shaheed and peace be with you brother Wise Intelligent. Thanks for being an inspiration in my life since 1990!!!


  9. As-salamu Alaykum alaykUm as-salaam = A UniVersal greeting from our ppl in ourtime !! Poor RIGHTEOUS WAS DROPPING KNOWLEDGE SON .. MAN SEE YOU IN PARAISE SHALUM !

  10. Poor Righteous Teachers another fave from the best hip hop era of righteous teaching on the knowledge of self…RIP and blessings as you pass into eternity

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