Hip-Hop, Rap | Aziz – Snakes On A Plane

Posted by on March 11, 2015

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Never before in the history of mankind have the words hip hop, single, fire, Nas, New Hampshire and Samuel L. Jackson been used in the same sentence; until now. New Hampshire hip hop MC/Producer Aziz unleashed a new single with some production you’d figure Nas would have hopped on back in the early 2000’s; oh, it’s straight fire and how am I going to neglect mentioning Samuel L. Jackson with a name like ‘Snakes On A Plane’? Aziz first came on my radar way back in 2010 when he and a couple of his college buddies dropped a track called ‘Tic Tac Toe‘. The song was crazy catchy and the music video was shot next to my house at the University of New Hampshire. I have been keeping tabs ever since and while Aziz may not be ‘popping’ quite like others that have been at it for that long but his content is always quality and on point.

Hip-Hop | Aziz – Preview ft. Tayyib Ali (Prod. by Cardo)

Posted by on October 4, 2012

New Hampshire native, Aziz, recently linked up with Philly burner, Tayyib Ali, jointly deciding to give us a Preview of what the two are capable of producing.  Taking advantage of Cardo’s recent free beat tape, Groove, the two wild boys spark off a friendly reminder of what’s in their pockets as well as what’s on the horizon.  This marks the third single off Aziz’s upcoming mixtape, Tinderboxxx, which will be released next Wednesday, October 10th.  Don’t be surprised if Aziz lets another raw cut go before next week.

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Hip-Hop, Videos | The King’s Dead – Mighty California [Music Video]

Posted by on September 26, 2012

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One of my person favorites off The King’s Dead debut project, “Jerusalem, is now here in visual form.  Aziz and Alexander have always been involved the production of their visuals and now that they are represented by their independent film movement, Vérité Films, they played an even more instrumental role in the creation of “Mighty California”.  Co-Directed/Produced by Elan Alexanberg of FTS Creative, The King’s Dead once again creates a spectacle of creativity.

“The “Mighty California” Video was inspired by Salvador Dali’s first movie “Un Chien”. The confusing non existent sense of time the film portrayed inspired Aziz Francois to create his own modern day version. A blend of Al Pacino’s “Scarface” and Dali’s “Un Chien” come together to create Mighty California. A Story about Aziz escaping two prostitutes who hold him hostage in a hotel, until he escapes 

to find revenge. The goal was to create something where the viewer wasn’t just left confused, but able to piece the story together themselves instead of it being your typical rap in front of camera hip hop video. We developed characters that you need to establish on your own. In the end it becomes your video, and it means what ever you want it too; allowing the fans to become part of the vision.”
DOWNLOAD: The King’s Dead – Mighty California
DOWNLOAD: The King’s Dead – Jerusalem [Mixtape]
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Hip-Hop, Mixtapes | Ground Up – Supernatural [Mixtape]

Posted by on September 21, 2012

Ground Up have mastered the mixtape game.  I’ve lost count of how many tapes deep they are at this point.  Seven, Eight, Nine?  More importantly, the Philly trio have stayed true to their colors over the years.  In house producer Bij Lincs crafted more than 75% of the production on Supernatural, while Azar and Malakai flex their vocal chords with authentic, home grown lyrics fitting for both partying and vibing.  Along with Bij Lincs, producers Teddy Roxpin and Mike Jerz also hold production features on this project.  Here are some highlights below, but save your fingers some time and click download for the full tape.

DOWNLOAD: Ground Up – Supernatural [Mixtape]

Hip-Hop, Mixtapes, Videos | The King’s Dead – Jerusalem [Mixtape]

Posted by on September 20, 2012

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After going through a fast few months of rebranding, The King’s Dead, a subsidiary of The Deans List is here to present us with their debut mixtape, Jerusalem.  Upon first listen I was a bit skeptical of the new venture, with a heavy focus on the artistic aspect of their craft, I wondered if the new music would be too abstract for some of the early adopter Dean’s List fans.  After listening through since Monday, I can now say that I only respect the art, but also recognize the progression of their music.  Sonny Aziz never ceases to amaze with the depth and knowledge behind his lyrics, sometimes even leaving me wondering what exactly he’s talking about.  Do you understand French? Mendoza Alexander have continued to adopt new sounds in their production.  Infuse fragments of rock, electro, and even dubstep into their Dean’s List work and you have Jerusalem.  It’s safe to say not one of their beats have even sounded similar.

Personal highlights thus far: “Sour Apple Rich Girls”, “Mighty California”, “Hennessy at Cookouts”, & “All Finished”.  The King may be dead, but this Boston trio is very much alive.

DOWNLOAD: The King’s Dead – Jerusalem [Mixtape]

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Hip-Hop | Aziz – My Own World [Music Video]

Posted by on August 24, 2012

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“What am I? Who am I? I’m heavily scrutinized, They say, “pick a nationality.” Either way I choose divides me”

Aziz has experimented with his sounds over the past few years, seen the highs and lows, and is back with a revamped style fitting for all fans of old and new.  His previous single, “City Livin” which featured singer/guitarist Mike Irving was a very laid back acoustic jam, heavily suited for the season.  The newest release, “My Own World” focuses on the adversity Aziz has been faced with throughout life, birthed from a German mother and a Senegalese father, Aziz is constantly questioned “what he is”.  The NH born MC has fought through the doubt and disbelief and is again proving his abilities.  These past 2 releases have been my favorite in quite some time from Aziz and I love the new sound he has brought to the table.  New mixtape, Tinderboxx, due in late September.

DOWNLOAD: Aziz – My Own World (Prod. by 2Astronauts)

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Hip-Hop | The King’s Dead (The Dean’s List) – Hennessy At Cookouts

Posted by on August 20, 2012

If you’re still asking yourself what exactly is going on with The Dean’s List and this whole “The King’s Dead” thing, wonder no more.  A move to rebrand their group, The King’s Dead represents a more artistic distribution channel which is represented by their newest venture, Vérité Films.  Aziz, Alexander, and Mik are no strangers to popping bottles, but the trio also enjoy a sophisticated glass of cognac.  With Mik and Alexander on the beats, Sonny once again administers two thorough verses for his generation, highlighted by a hook reflecting their journey thus far;

“White girls and Kool Aid, Hennessy at cookouts, Old gangster movies, New neighbors move out, And we did it all with no conscience hopping fences up and go cra-zy, Were young enough to be stupid, don’t mean dumb enough to be la-zy”

The King’s Dead free album, Jerusalem, (which, despite the name, will not be a religious reflection in rap form) will be hitting your laps on September 17th and I think it’s safe to say we can expect at least one or two more singles as well as another video and plenty more artistic byproduct.

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