Shawn J Period – Production Spotlight

Shawn J Period was a dope mid-to-late 90s producer that hooked up beats for The Artifacts, Bush Babees, Mad Skillz, Mos Def, Black Star, J-Treds, etc. He became a born-again christian right around the turn of the century, and shortly thereafter, he disappeared from the hip hop scene. Here’s a two volume set of tracks that he produced between the years of 1996 and 1999. He also handled production for his group “Down South” between the years of 1994 and 1995, so I’m including a link for their “Lost In Brooklyn” LP. Be aware that his Down South era production style is drastically different from the sound that he provided between the years of 1996 and 1999.

Artifacts – 31 Bumrush

Artifacts – Art Of Facts

Artifacts – Break It Down

Artifacts – Return To Da Wrong Side

Artifacts – To Ya Chest

Artifacts – Where Ya Skillz At?

Artifacts – Who’s This

BCC – Illa Noyz

Bush Babees- God Complex

Bush Babees – Gravity Intro

Bush Babees- Melting Plastic

Heltah Skeltah – Place To Be

J Treds – Never Too Much

Mad Skillz – All In It

Mos Def, Q-Tip & Tash – Body Rock

Mos Def – Universal Magnetic

Mos Def – If You Can Huh…

Wizdom Life – Fruits Of Labor

Download everything in one mediafire folder:

I have another 100 MB worth of Shawn J tracks that I left out of this, so if you’re looking for anything in particular, post a request in the comments section.

The aforementioned Down South LP:

Down South – Lost In Brooklyn (1994)


–Roy Johnson

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28 Responses to “Shawn J Period – Production Spotlight”

  1. Anonymous says:

    Would love to get the rest of your shawn j shit. I actually have the whole wizdom life album – dope Geology cover art as well. Keep up the extra dope work!

  2. MARTIAL ART says:


  3. Jesse says:

    Was wondering what happened to this dude. He lived here in Fort Greene if I'm not mistaken.

  4. pdog says:

    yo heres a song from Notorious movie i cut out.
    Can any of you recognize it as a Shawn J Period beat? http://www.filefreak.com/pfiles/2761/Notorious.mp3
    sounds like kev brown or pete rock too.
    where can i find it in full? thanks everyone

  5. Anonymous says:

    Yes, the track in the Notorious movie is Shawn J's. I'm not sure if commercial available though.

  6. pdog says:

    re: notorious- all good, thanks everyone for showing love to a sick producer anyway!

  7. postags says:

    hey roy, could you re-up the j period? i keep hitting the download and it dies/corrupts around 9-13mb.

  8. Roy Johnson says:

    That's strange. Here's a new link:


  9. Oracle Live says:

    Yo!! Good–Looks On Puttin' This Shitt Up, Man. This Shitt Seriously Sent Chills Up My Spine, And Almost Made Me Cry, Dude,'Cause It Just Brought Me Back To What I Still Consider To Be, Definitely Some Of The Dopest Shitt, In Terms Of Production, Thatt I've Ever Heard!! It Was A Classic, And Timeless Era. Thatt Shitt Thatt He Did With 'Def, Was Timeles, Pure, Dope, And Seriously Years Ahead Of Itt's Time. Itt Still Sounds Fresh To This Day!! Big–Ups, Again, Man, Thank You. Peace.

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  11. […] taking samples from other peoples music. Not like in a moral sense. I remember in the ’90s, Shawn J Period (who had blown up particularly for his work with the likes of Mos Def and other NYC-based […]

  12. errybody says:

    RE-up the Down South an any other Shawn J Period you can scrap together. Please!

  13. LOire says:

    any J Period rare and remixed tracks floatin’??

    Also after a “Beats From New York” link

    Hit back please

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  15. yoyo says:

    The Mos Def Funkmaster Flex freestyle he did is probably his best production! So fucking good. Too bad it’s so short! Another good one I think he did is Matt Fingaz & Shawn J Period feat. Arica & Zoe Davis – I Miss The Beat. Crazy!!

  16. Hostil says:

    Hi Man,

    PLease im writting from Africa, im a hip hop head and i be following you since 2010, i need a special favor from you, please send me the most of instrumentals from the MAd Skills album From Where???

    Im making my third mixtape and i would like to spit some heavy bars on those beats specially the one with the title All in it, please reply man, its really urgent, matter fact you a legend to me. Peace to all the gods.

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