M.A.R.S. :: Cormega f. AZ, Redman & Styles P


Cormega’s Mega Philosophy drops tomorrow and he’s released the second and final version of the cut “M.A.R.S.” featuring a few all-stars.  The original version was good, but this one brings some legends together for an exciting record.  I actually got the opportunity to sit down with Cormega and discuss the new album (you’ll hopefully see that on KevinNottingham.com very soon) which I was fortunate enough to hear a stream of a couple of weeks ago.  The whole project (produced exclusively by Mega and Large Professor) is something to check for and is definitely an important milestone in Mega’s career.  Hit up iTunes tomorrow and cop that!

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Practice :: AZ & Doo Wop


AZ drops off some “practice” bars over O.C.’s classic “Time’s Up” beat.  If this is just practice, then I can’t wait to see what Sosa’s coming up with for this next full project.  First few bars are not for the faint of heart…ahem.

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[New] We Movin’ x AZ

“I’m too ahead of my time to be a has-been”

Yeah, after this joint, let me go ahead and bump AZ up on my list of favorite MCs a couple notches.  The real rap Sosa (Chief Who?  Yeah, we’re adults over here) spits some bars for Statik Selektah’s new offering Extended Play and also Doe Or Die 2 apparently.  That a Angela Winbush sample?  Killed it.  

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Vintage Goods: Sugar Hill x AZ


I just read the tracklist for Nas’ Life Is Good LP and it’s really sad that AZ isn’t going to appear.  For some reason, I was sure I would see a AZ feature…don’t know if it had been rumored or what, but I had a feeling about it.  Nas did manage to put Swizz Beatz on a track though, which is beyond me.  The man has “beats” in his name yet people insist on letting him slither into the recording booth (Pusha T also released a single with Swizz this week) to record pure stomachache.  But you know me…when the record drops, I’ll give it an unbiased ear and we’ll take it from there.

But this post isn’t about Nas, who just seems to be allergic to win these days, it’s about AZ.  AZ kicked the door in on Nas’ “Life’s A Bitch” and outshined his rhyme partner by a mile, then went on to put out this classic single, with an assist from Ms. Jones…this was before R&B hooks started becoming obligatory and annoying.  The beat just rides and AZ’s flow is impeccable; perfect joint for the summer.

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