Az Izz of legendary hiphop crew The Outsidaz signs with New Dawn Records to release new album

New Jersey rapper and producer returns to the hip hop fold to release "Dopeliss" on July 3rd 2020
By: New Dawn Records
NEWARK, N.J. - March 24, 2020 - PRLog -- ARTIST Az Izz
ALBUM Dopeliss
LABEL New Dawn Records
RELEASE DATE  03 July 2020

Az Izz of legendary New Jersey crew The Outsidaz makes a long overdue return to the heat of battle with the release of his new album "Dopeliss".

Born in Guyana, the rapper and producer moved to New Jersey in his early teens.

Swapping the turntables for the microphone, in 1995 he joined The Outsidaz which included in their numbers Pace Won, Rah Digga, D.U. and the late Slang Ton. The group came to wider prominence through their guest appearance on  "The Fugees" multi platinum selling album "The Score".

The group also collaborated on several early projects with a new fast rising crew from Detroit at the time, D12. This fact is acknowledged by Eminem in his breakthrough "The Slim Shady" LP.

With the pursuit of solo careers in full flow, notably Rah Digga's move to Flipmode Squad and Pace Won's work with producer Mr Green, Az Izz continued his dual role on the boards and with the mic. He collaborated with a diverse array of artists including Sublime with Rome, Ray J and Trey Songz while providing soundtracks for tv, film and sports including The Fox News network and NCAA.

His return to the hip hop fold came in 2020 with the signing to NDR for the release of the new album "Dopeliss".

Largely self produced, the styles span the decades and knit together like the fabric of hip hop itself.

Opener "Let Me Get That" is a recently uncovered rare gem from the backroom vaults featuring Outsidaz sparring partners Pace Won, D.U. and the late Slang Ton. The album in itself acts as a historic mapping of the evolving east coast sound through the ages. From the classic boom bap of "You Know" speed dialled forward to the hybrid EDM of "Gunz n Dice Games" and everything in between, it's a testament to the enduring qualities of all the genre's forms how easily they stand shoulder to shoulder on the same tracklist.

The guest producers stir the pot further. 3rdRell adds some electro Caribbean ingredients on "Trouble" while Qua Z Mo lights the touch paper on the fuel injected banger "Nunya".

Lyrically it's the traditional art of storytelling, street life, aspirations and struggles. A full platter that still leaves a little room for a traditional rap beef, in this case a historic tussle with Royce da 5'9" on "Gettin It".

The gloves are back on, welcome back to the ring

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