Classic Rotation: AZ's 'Doe or Die'
New York City has no shortage of classic hip hop albums, especially when dissecting the mid 90s. Officially out of the underground, rap records were moving serious units and catching the attention of people everywhere due to its undeniable rhythm and modern feel. A Tribe Called Quest's first three albums, released from 1990-1993, helped to put the art form of hip hop on the map across the country. Their smooth blend of jazz and rhyme was accessible enough for the mainstream, but hardcore rap heads ultimately pined for something harder.
Review: Ghostface Killah's "36 Seasons"
Ghostface Killah’s new LP 36 Seasons comes to us just one week after the release of Wu-Tang Clan’s A Better Tomorrow. While the latter LP received lukewarm reviews due to questionably experimental tracks, 36 Seasons is the exact opposite. It is concise and precise, using that classic Wu sound to march along an incredible story line while The Revelations provide the production.
#TBT: AZ's Early Cuts
Brooklyn-born Anthony Cruz isn't one of the 10 greatest rappers of all time. He hasn't released a platinum record and most of his accolades are due to a relationship with Nas. However, most critics who know their stuff will tell you that AZ is vastly underrated, and even albums like Illmatic would have suffered had he never picked up the mic.