AZ’s chillin’, Brooklyn’s chillin’
What mo’ can I say? Why catch feelings?

I can say a lot mo’ apparently…

If I was to describe Brooklyn rapper AZ using one word it would be UNDERRATED. The man has been doing his thaaang for over two decades; AZ’s standout verse on the uplifting (heh) Nas Illmatic hit Life’s A Bitch kickstarted his career, his debut studio album Doe Or Die (cop that) from back in ’94 is considered a classic by many hip-hop heads, yet he has never become a household name. Kay sure, growing up at least half of my household knew his name but my mom and dad would have no idea to this day (Who is this “dope” rapper you speak of, Jenna?).

I was but a miniature lass in ’94 so I can’t lie and say I scooped the album upon its release and put it in my My Little Pony backpack next to my Barbies but I do remember being fairly young when I heard AZ for the first time. My brother always created killer rap mixes and would be kind enough to share them with me, his super fly little sister, especially since he generally hated the weirdo music that I was/am still into. I recall one particular mix being heavily AZ filled and I think I still have it somewhere in my car next to Dance Mix ’95 and that Swedish Ace Of Base awesomeness. Daps to my brother for playing a major part in keeping me cool since the early 90’s…and one could argue, keeping me weird before I was anywhere near Portland, Oregon.

AZ just announced that he is returning with a new album this year called Doe or Die II that’s the follow-up to his incredible debut. He’s been working on and perfecting this album FOREVER so that fans will not be disappointed in the quality of this anticipated release.  Blogs are going bonkers with this news and it is hilarious how much the writers are focusing on his age and how he’s “still got it”. The man is 40 years old, people; He’s not spitting bars from your neighborhood retirement home!

To give us a small taste of what’s to come, AZ put down the oxygen tank (kidding) and gave us this short freestyle over The Genesis, the intro track on Illmatic.

Hi Haters, I’m back off a hiatus

BOOM!

P.s. Any fans of The League out there? I thought of writing, “AZ’s a real class act.” but I realized that not many people reading Wait And Scene would get the joke.

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Alternate titles: ‘Sisters Before Misters’ and ‘Boys are stupid, throw rocks at them’

In case the title wasn’t enough of an indication, this week’s playlist is a list of 10 songs by amazing new-ish females in music. This list came to be after I realized that a lot of my posts are about male artists in music. Sure sure, handsome men with musical talent usually make me swoon and/or make me giggly but it should be noted that I’ve met a few big time musicians this past year and played it eerily cool…I won’t mention names but one of the most exciting run-ins a few months back has an alias synonymous with Duplicate Shade (Think about it!). Anyways, men are great but this week’s playlist is set to highlight the fairer sex that I happen to be a part of. I tried to not put any women in music that you’re probably already familiar with: Grimes, Alabama Shakes, Polica, Purity Ring, Kate Boy, Aluna George, Yuna, Jessie Ware, etc. because you’ve heard a lot about them on other blogs. I really hope that my list introduces you to some artists that you may not have heard of  in the past year+ of great music. If you’ve heard of them all, well LAH DEE DAH start writing a blog so I can read it 😉

1) MØ – Pilgrim

Karen Marie Ørsted a.k.a. is a Copenhagen-based electronic pop artist who is being toted as the new Grimes because the old (?) Grimes is soo….wait, I don’t know, it’s probably just because she’s young and unique. Anyways, MØ is currently working on her debut LP but to give us all a taste of what’s to come, she has released two killer tracks, Pilgrim and Maiden; It was hard to pick a favorite but the trumpet in Pilgrim is the clincher for me. Also, the video is rad in a Keep Copenhagen Weird kinda way.

Holla Holla Holllaaaaa!

2) Daughter – Smother

Elena Tonra is a 21-year-old London Songwriter whose lyrics make me want to curl up in a ball and sulk about problems that I don’t necessarily have. Elena and her band, known as Daughter, crafted a slow, building ballad with soft guitar and piano cords that hit you when you’re the most vulnerable. My poor poor heart…

I want all that is not mine
I want him but we’re not right

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Wait And Scene is here to present you a new track by Harlem rapper A$AP Rocky featuring (almost) everyone that’s a big deal in the rap game right now! Last month WAS talked A$AP’s feature on that icy Big Bio and Phantogram track here. Based on his past releases and this tracked that leaked today, I have a feeling that Long. Live. A$AP is going to destroy the world…I know the Mayans predicted December 21st but I’m thinking this album release on January 15th will be the nail in the apocalyptic coffin. Okay, so I’m being dramatic but don’t say I didn’t warn you; this song is so hot! Hit-Boy delivered a classic old-school beat and Kendrick Lamar, Big K.R.I.T, Yelawolf, Danny Brown, Joey Bada$$, and Action Bronson had nothing to do one day (famous rappers never have plans) so they each laid down the grimiest lyrics over said beat…then smoked all the cheeba, drank all the booze, ate all the pizza, and chilled happily ever after. The End.

I’m just guessing, I wasn’t there! I’ve been at a few Yela concerts in the past and a plethora of other rap shows so I feel like I have background to make these assumptions.

Favorite verse? Tough call but for me it’s probably Big K.R.I.T; I love that southern rapper steez.

How could you ever doubt me? Most rappers hoping the world ends so they won’t have to drop another album.

Totally.

Check out the six plus minutes of heat below.

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I think the proper British term for how I was feeling on Saturday night would be absobloodylutely gobsmacked! alt-J are truly the dog’s bollocks!

…that last slang felt awkward, but I dare you to use it on a regular basis. If people think you’re a wanker, you can tell them I dared you and direct them towards this article. It’s sly blog networking, people!

A Little Background

alt-J  a.k.a. (how very Prince-eque!) are a British quartet that don’t really fit into one genre. Are they alternative? Indie? Rock? Folk? Electronic? Hip-hop? Pop? Experimental? Unique? I like to think they’re a dash of everything. The delta sign is created when you hold down the alt key on your keyboard and press j on a Mac computer. The band reported that, just as it does in mathematical equations, the delta is used to represent change. It’s the most hipster and bad-ass of all band names! Their debut album An Awesome Wave (cop it) was released at the end of May 2012 in the UK and us sorry North American’s didn’t get see it released until September. I think we can all agree, 1. Thank (deity of choice) for the internet and 2. It was worth the wait.

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Gus Unger-Hamilton, Joe Newman, and Gwil Sainsbury. Not pictured: Thom Green on drums

About The Magic That Was Their Live Show

My live music bender continues…

My friends and I arrived at the Star Theater a bit before show time and secured some spots really close to the stage. The venue is small but it has a lot of character and the acoustics are always on point. I’d never been to a sold-out show at this venue and let me say that I was happy that we turned up early. By the time alt-J hit the stage, the place was packed to red velvet draped rafters but I think the tight quarters had a lot to do with the utter awe that I felt Saturday night; we got to see a big band in a small venue and few things are as special as that.

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JP Hoe is an insanely talented singer-songwriter and musician from my favorite city in Canada, Winnipeg, Manitoba. I have been a huge fan of JP since we met over 12 years ago, back in the days when I was killing it with braces and au naturel curly hair. Since that time, I’ve gone through a serious style evolution but I’ve always had impeccable music taste. Okay fine, in my younger days there was a boy-band phase and I may or may not know all the words to Salt-N-Pepa’s banger Shoop but that’s neither here nor there. I’ve seen him live more times than any other artist and if I hadn’t moved across the continent, I know the number of shows that I was lucky to attend would be even more impressive. JP is an all around great guy, his talent and witty personality come through in his recordings, and he can really charm the pants off an audience. So many pants-less crowds! I saved my ticket from his very first EP release party in 2003 because I’ve always believed in what he was doing. My proudest moment had to be in 2007 when I got to see him open for Jann Arden at the MTS Centre in Winnipeg; a crowd of 3,500 was a far cry from the coffee houses and pubs that I’d seen him play in at the start of his music career. This May, JP released his fourth album, Mannequin (cop that), which features 11 original songs with the superb musicianship, honest lyrics, and pristine vocals that he’s become known for. Nothing’s Gonna Harm You is the first single off that album and the video is perfectly Canadian and quirkily JP Hoe.

Where my HOEs at?

Ummm, right here.

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