rap music

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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A.Dd+ – Suitcases

11-20-2012

In the past four years, the Dallas, TX rap scene has brought us an interesting mix of artists.  On one hand, we have “talent” like the GS Boyz known for being the creators of every white girl’s favorite dance moves the Booty Dew and the Stanky Legg. I certainly can’t think of any other moves that allow me to lean wit it and drop wit it quite like the BD and SL but let’s be real, these guys were never going to change the rap game. Around that same time, some true Texas talent emerged on the scene. Paris Pershun and Slim Gravy are an up-and-coming rap duo better known as A.Dd+. They have been dropping mixtapes since 2009 but they received mainstream media props in 2011 when they released their debut LP, When Pigs Fly, which is produced entirely by Dallas producer, Picnictyme. A few days ago, they finally dropped a track off their upcoming release, DiveHiFlyLo: The Mixtape, which is also produced  by their go-to, Picnictyme. Suitcases has that old-school rap sound with a simplistic beat and repetitive, sythy keyboard sounds. It’s another A.Dd+ banger!

Word on the web is that these guys killed at SXSW last year so I’m hoping they’re back at it again this year. Wait And Scene is going to “pack it up” can give you that new news straight from downtown Austin!

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