Nas

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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Are you feeling up to another Wait And Scene playlist? Well, you got it, dude! Here is a list of ten songs that I’ve been listening to lately; I’ve been digging a lot of really chill, often repetitive, and sometimes weird tracks. To quote a guy I met one night at the Doug Fir Lounge, “Most people just don’t understand the next level tunes that you and I listen to.” He was a real gem (read: good-looking idiot) and he liked interesting music. I dedicate this list of “next level” jams to you, brah.

1) ViLLΛGE Edit of Neon Hitch – Gucci Gucci

I’m sure all of you have heard the original rap-version of Gucci Gucci by Kreayshawn. It is terrible and catchy-as-hell, but this version is way more my speed. Neon Hitch is an English singer currently living in London and ViLLΛGE is an electronic producer from Romania; He’s definitely on my very long list of ‘ones to watch‘.

2) Cyril Hahn Remix of Destiny’s Child – Say My Name

90s me, likely rocking feathered bangs, neon snap bracelets, and a Hypercolor tee, is very pleased with Cyril Hahns incredible remix of this Destiny’s Child classic.

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