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AZ DROPS 9 LIVES (The extended SOSA album)
Ayyo hip hop heads al around copped the street acclaimed AZ joint SOSA right? BUT NOW, if you wanna cop the real album 9 LIVES (The extended SOSA album), it's in stores now with appearances from Foxy Brown, Joe, Beanie Sigel, and more.It features 14 tracks including the first release, "Problems" in which lets er'body know that AZ is back and he plans to be here a while; he states plainly:
Yeah, Now dig
You got, rich niggaz right?
They do what they wanna do
Heh, and you got
Broke niggaz, you heard?
They do what they gotta do
Now ask yourself, which one are you?
Ha, fall back.
GOTTA READ THIS REVIEW
With 9 Lives, AZ should remind listeners of the Philadelphia 76ers. Not quite the best, but the team has tremendous heart and soul making them more admirable than, say, the Lakers who are expected to win very time. When he was all but out of the game, he dropped S.O.S.A. (Save Our Street AZ), an album that was a "self bootleg," and even got him 5 mics in The Source Magazine. With that in mind, you know what to look out for with his third album: beats, rhymes and reality. "I’d like to apologize to the public for allowing ya’ll to endure all that watered down, over proof thug shit," he says on the intro. Apology accepted.
What makes 9 Lives worth your hard earned dollar is the heavy use of street reality or, at least, the absence of ghetto theatrics. Son is believable, where many of his peers have opted to go commercial, AZ just does hip hop as he did with "Life’s a Bitch" on Nas’ Illmatic. From the Quran Goodman (of Da Youngstas fame) produced "Whatcha Day About" to the back-n-forth lyrics of "That’s Real" with General Beanie Sigel, AZ got it all locked down. Even when producers Chop and DR Period jack classic DeBarge, songs "Problems" nor "Love Me" ever sound contrived, corny or commercial.
Oddly, there are a few weak cuts that take away from 9 lives and prevent it from going far beyond good into greatness. The R&B heavy "Everything’s Everything" and the New York standard bounce track, "AZ’s Back," find AZ sounding out of place and forcing a foreign flow. In the same vein, "How Many Wanna" with former Roc-a-Fella babe Amil is a typical male/female call and response joint - a song-type perfected years ago by Jigga. But realistically, most albums vying for airplay, club play, video play, mix tape burn HAVE to have these components. So, don’t be mad. He probably was forced to do them (lol), being the underdog in this run for the championship.
Ultimately, if people have a to love AZ as he put his heart and soul into S.O.S.A. and then the finalized version, 9 lives. And there are big dog cameos with Foxy Brown and Beanie Sigel (who allegedly recorded for free to help AZ out), but this one is all AZ has he holds it down for everybody playing David to the industry’s Goliath
He makes a point on every track which reminds us in the first place why they call him "AZ the Visualiza".
courtesy of www.allhiphop.com
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