Singled Out: "Hopefully That Collaboration Between Me & Nas Will Pop Off"
Tuesday, Jan 22, 2013 2:10PM
[SOHH highlights a hot record each Tuesday and offers a unique look at the track in Singled Out. After Kidd Kidd broke down his "New Warleans" anthem, New York rap veteran AZ details his new "Genesis" freestyle.]
I was working on a mixtape and my guy Hussein put it together and was like, "Yo, we need a crazy intro." And he said, "I don't think nobody's rapped on this joint," and I said, "Which joint?" He said, "You were on it," and I said, "If I was on it, then I rapped on it."
But he said, "Nah, you only talked on it." So he let me hear it and it was the "Wild Style" which was the intro to Illmatic. He was like, "You've got to reintroduce yourself to the game once again because the game has changed. You've been in it so long so let's just take it back to the essence with the 'Genesis.'"
So I took it and I put the poetry on it.
The in-studio performance footage came up afterward. My homies, they appreciated it and it was one of the great AZ freestyles. They told me, "Your core audience will appreciate this," and I was just like, "Wow."
They just wanted to record it and film it and I was like, "Aight. Let's do it. It can't hurt." That's how it went down.
I went to the city for the studio footage. There's a studio in the city I work out of so I recorded it in there and we just shot it and threw it up.
I know the game has changed so much and I know from my perspective, it was missing that lyrical content and so I just wanted to bring that to the table. That's what we do.
As far as Nas, I know he was working on his album and he was moving around so much and I was moving around so much [last summer], I still tour and all that, it was more or less I had to wait for the right time to put something out. So in the meantime, between time, I just decided to put something out and get it out there.
Hopefully that collaboration between me and Nas will pop off but my album is halfway done and I'm going to continue to hopefully put out music every month.
AZ first became known by appearing on Nas' landmark 1994 album Illmatic on the song "Life's a Bitch", as well as featuring vocals on the opening track The Genesis. He was the only guest feature to appear on that album. AZ signed with EMI, and soon released his debut album Doe Or Die in 1995 to critical acclaim, but meager commercial success. After a slew of solo efforts, AZ is currently putting together his long-awaited Doe Or Die II LP.
Check out the "Genesis" freestyle: