Saleem & The Music Lovers

Saleem & The Music Lovers

BandHip Hop

As the writer and producer for his debut album Hip Hop Revisited, Saleem has been described as the “embodiment of hip hop’s evolution.” With his band Saleem & The Music Lovers, he has opened for Talib Kweli, KRS-One, and Rakim within the past year, and performed all over the Baltimore/DC area.


Saleem, born and bred in Baltimore, but infused with universal appeal, has opened for Slick Rick, Method Man, and Black Sheep in prominent metropolitan venues as well as rocked the mic intimately in café-like coves throughout the East Coast since 2004.

As the writer and producer of his 17-track debut album Hip Hop Revisited, Saleem has been described as the “embodiment of hip hop’s evolution.” In the tradition of master Griots such as Nas and Mos Def, Saleem brings deeply introspective lyrics that encompass a wide range of life experiences.

With a desire to incorporate live instrumentation into his music, Saleem formed his group, The Music Lovers, in December 2005 and they have been performing together since April 2006. The Music Lovers will begin recording a debut album in August 2007. Together Saleem & The Music Lovers blend the live band tradition with elements of modern hip hop.

In addition, Saleem is the former host of The Urban Blend Café, where he worked to bring local musical acts to the forefront. His love of hip hop transcends the hype of stage performance, however. Saleem has been impacted by artists who span musical genres and generations. From Public Enemy to Stan Getz and from The Roots to Stevie Wonder, Saleem’s list of influences is vast and thus reflected on Hip Hop Revisited.

“Bringing balance back to hip hop” is Saleem's objective. With continued performances throughout the Baltimore/D.C. area, he continues to attract a diverse listening audience eager to explore hip hop’s higher plane.


Hip Hop Revisited - April 2007
Outgrown These Walls (with Caleb Stine) - December 2008