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Itz About Time

by Shak-C

The one that started it all. Shak-C's timeless, critically acclaimed 2003 release.
Genre: Hip-Hop/Rap: Hip Hop
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Itz About Time
3:30 $0.99
2. Coast to Coast
3:30 $0.99
3. Is It a Crime
3:27 $0.99
4. My Material Girl
3:54 $0.99
5. The One Ya'll Skip
3:44 $0.99
6. Scream At Me
4:30 $0.99
7. I Don't Know You
4:11 $0.99
8. Letters
4:32 $0.99
9. Take a Walk
2:52 $0.99
10. Let's Go
4:12 $0.99
11. Take Your Time
4:40 $0.99
12. The World
4:10 $0.99
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Album Notes
In the often contradictory world that is hip-hop many have attempted to straddle the fine line between radio-friendly rhymes and backpacker (conscious) respectability. This line defined by the inner need to inform and educate potential listeners against the want of popular acceptance is the cauldron boiling within New York-bred emcee, Shak C. Coming from the crossroads of New York State, Syracuse, Shak C is on a mission to lay the blueprint to commercial acceptance via true-to-life lyrics that both educate and entertain.

Early on, Shak C attempted to control his destiny. In high school he excelled, hoping to eventually elevate his finances and secure both his future and the future of his loved ones. It was in high school that he formed a rap crew called The Foundation, and hosted a weekly lunchtime cipher (informal rap battle) drawing crowds so large that the hallways were completely blocked, potentially hindering students from reaching their classrooms. In fact, it was because of these battles that members of The Foundation were threatened with expulsion by the principal for their detraction. After meeting with Shak face to face, and actually seeing him perform, that principal became one of his biggest fans. Shak developed a name locally via rap battles and freestyling on local radio, Z89 FM. Community events ranging from youth speak out marches and the Dorsey Levins talent shows to the annual Juneteenth celebrations allowed Shak to showcase his performance style. After a decision to enroll in Howard University, The Foundation eventually dissolved and Shak stood alone to conquer his newly adopted home, Washington, D.C.

While at Howard University Shak C competed in the immensely popular Verbal Armageddon competition, where he mesmerized thousands of hip hop lovers with his wordplay. Shak earned the title The Expert after dazzling crowds for three years and helping build the Verbal Armageddon competition into a franchise. Appropriately, he was crowned the 2003 Verbal Armageddon Champion in his fourth year participating.

Not limiting himself to being just a battle emcee, Shak also was an artist and executive with NWT Entertainment, a student ran entertainment and media company. For three years, anything hip-hop related at Howard University went through "The Dub." Via mix tapes, open mics, yearly Yardfest performances, airplay on both WPGC 95.5 and WKYS 93.9, multiple openings for major artists, and huge ciphers on the Yard of HU, Shak C has proven himself as a formidable emcee, rapper, and businessman.

2005 has already proven to be a fruitful year for Shak-C. He followed up the January launch of his website,, with a performance at Club NBA during the 2005 NBA All-Star weekend in Denver. He shared the stage with a plethora showcased at the 1st Annual VA Music Conference in Richmond held in March. Most recently, Shak finished up his third solo project in as many years: the Pay Attention Mixtape Volume 2.

A tried, tested, and recently graduated Shak C is now ready to step out into the real world, with a solo offering. He understands the power in hip-hop music, and feels it's much deeper than what is presented to the masses. Promising to deliver music bespeaking his versatility, Shak C is focused on the path straight ahead. The future of hip-hop seems brighter with Shak C on the horizon.



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kurt thompson

definitely a purchase!
To keep it concise, the album is definitely worth buying!!
I graduated from Howard where Shak attended or still is attending. My friends keep me up on what's happening and they say it is Shak as far as rapping. With this type of music nwt are destined to go far. And my peoples say that nwt has somebody from new orleans that's tighter. Well if it gets any better, I will be here to pick it up!

Skinny Corleone

Tight as hell. A bonafide DC Reprezenter
Is It a Crime > ShakC is killin with the lyrical flow o this joint here. Very political. And the production is tops too
with the Sade sample in the BG. I like's what I'm hearing. He tore 'em up with this one. ------ Coast to Coast >
ShakC comes raw and hard with the flow agan with a tinge of bounce in the Hook. But he kept it east coast lyrical.
TIGT shit!! ------ Letters > A song about ShaC writing to the dead. Vicious and tight concept. Some real shit to
think about and feel. I felt the hook could have been a little bit more better tho'. But ShakC held it down with his
flow tho'.And that's what U listen to when U play this song. - The World > This one is aiight. I didn't fel it as much
tho'. ---- Itz About Time > It's aiight. ---- The One Ya'll Skip > This joint is deep and tight. The beat is aiight.
But ShakC delivers polictical flows like dominoes. HELLA TIGHT - I'ma buy this CD.

Malikah Dunsmuir

This CD has it all Honesty and Phaaat Beats!!!!
From the onset of the album the lyrics are honest and clever. He will definetly take Hip Hop to another level because the 'bling, bling' era is over. Thanks Shak C and your click N-W-T. I was listening. Keep up the good work!!!

A Blossoming Production

he's going places
while i am not even a major fan of hip hop (crazy, hunh?), i was thoroughly impressed with this young brother. he is not your typical artist that you'd hear on the radio and he is definately not into rhyming about typical things. (no bling bling here). everything from "is it a crime" to "take your time" had me thinkin' and thinkin' hard. i'm really feelin' him. the brother is deep and to make a long story short-he and NWT are going places.

Shorty Doo Wop

The album is well-produced with tracks for just about everybody.
This CD is a great combination of conscious rhymes and party tracks without being too cliche. My favorite tracks are Is it a Crime, I Don't Know You, Scream at Me, and Lets Take a Walk. Shak-C is definitely a young talented brother who I can see soaring the hip-hop charts in the future.


Tight lyricals!
Lyrical skillz is on point son! Beats r hype as well. Keep doin' your thing, kid. I'm feelin that last track....nice sh*t! Peace.....


He definately has talent and is using it to his fullest ability
Being from Syracuse,NY I know how hard it is for anyone to excell in any area due to the lack of knowledge and opportunities presented to us. Very few actually make it anywhere outside the walls of Syracuse. For someone who wasn't very well off Shak is doin his thing and although I don't know him, I'm very proud of him. The CD is definatley off the hook. Keep doin what you doin, I have faith that you'll make it.

Chike Nwabukwu

A Blessing
It's definitely about time. This is what Hip-Hop needs right about now - an emcee with the consciousness of what is going but the with the creativity and delivery to make the clubs bounce. Some may "skip" a song or two because the content may be too heavy, or simply too real, for them right now, but when they land on the next track they'll get drawn right back in.

I like how the cd opens up speaking about how he's never dealt with the drug game...and doesn't plan to! That's real. Also, I like the continual reference to school kids. School kids struggle, hustle, and grind just like everyone else, using A's and B's to make them G's. What I really like is that he doesn't come off soft with his content. He means it. And I agree with him.

Keep pushing Shak. It's about time someone repped for the silent majority.

Holla Me!

OKAY, I see where you are going playa
I get it. Upliftment but still cool. Good work, but needs to be more hype though! I dont really feel any strong energy except for on tracks like Scream At Me, Is It A Crime and I Dont Know You. Overall, it was a tight album I will buy it playa

Funky and Hot

It was real, really hit home, loved the lyrics you go boy!!!!!!!!!
The lyrics were tight, lots of meaning and truth, if only the other young rappers could talk about real life experiences instead of the hardcore stuff more people would purchase there musics. Keep up the good work.