Kool G Rap, AZ

Kool G Rap (born Nathaniel Wilson July 20, 1968) is an American hardcore rapper from Queens, New York, United States. He began his career with the Juice Crew in the 1980s.

G Rap began working with DJ Polo in 1986, releasing several underground hit singles including "It's a Demo"/"I'm Fly." Two other singles, "Streets of New York" and "Road to the Riches," received heavy rotation on Yo! MTV Raps and cemented his reputation as one of New York's top lyrical auteurs. His talent for telling a compelling, hard-luck story in a single song was considered second to only that of Rakim. While G Rap grew in popularity, he never crossed over like Biz Markie or Big Daddy Kane, both also members of the Juice Crew.

G Rap began a solo career in the mid-1990s, released 4,5,6. This and subsequent LPs saw little attention from critics or consumers, and G Rap began collaborating with others. Signing to Rawkus Records, G Rap launched a comeback with 2002's The Giancana Story. "Giancana" also is said by Kool G Rap to be the "G" in his name in the song "Drama". The album was well-received without commercial success.

Kool G Rap is to release a new album called "Half A Klip" later this year.

AZ

Anthony Cruz (born March 9, 1972), better known by his stage name AZ, is an American rapper. Born in Brooklyn, NY. He is known for being a longtime and frequent rhyme partner of Nas, and also a member of hip-hop group The Firm alongside Nas, Foxy Brown, Cormega and Nature. In a countdown of the 10 Most Underappreciated Rappers—Most Underrated Rappers of All Time, the editors of About.com listed AZ as #1 on the list.[1] He was also included on About.com's list of the Top 50 MCs of Our Time (1987–2007), where he was described as "arguably the most underrated lyricist ever."[2]


AZ in Hamburg, Germany in 1997
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. AZ signed with EMI, and soon released his debut album Doe Or Die in 1995 to critical acclaim, but meager commercial success. The album's lead single, "Sugar Hill", became AZ's only major commercial success as a solo artist, reaching #25 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, and achieving Gold status. AZ's EMI contract was transferred to sister label Noo Trybe/Virgin Records when the EMI Label Group was shut down.

In 1997, he and Nas appeared in a Sprite commercial. Also in 1997 the group The Firm with AZ, Nas, Nature, and Foxy Brown released their only album as a group, The Album. The album featured production from well known producers such as Dr. Dre and the Trackmasters and generated much hype. The group disbanded after just this one album. In 1998 he released his second solo album, Pieces of a Man. The album fared well but did not chart quite as well as his debut and did not feature a crossover single like "Sugar Hill". The same year AZ made a cameo appearance in the movie "Belly" starring Nas, DMX, and Method Man.

After this album's release, AZ signed with Motown/Universal Records and released 9 Lives.[3] In 2002, he released Aziatic. A single from the album, "The Essence," (featuring Nas) was nominated for the 2003 Grammy Awards for Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group.[3] In 2004 AZ was planning on releasing his would-be 4th studio album, Final Call, however, it was eventually scrapped due to heavy leaking and released as Final Call (The Lost Tapes) in 2008.[3] He released his 5th and 6th studio albums A.W.O.L. and The Format in 2005 and 2006, respectively.

Cambatta

Born and raised in the rough streets of "Gun Wavin'" New Haven, Connecticut, Cambatta The Visionary knew from an early age he would be a star. He took to writing rhymes to escape the struggles and pitfalls of the streets and by 18 built a buzz in the city. He had bigger dreams though so after graduating high school he booked a one way flight to Florida to take his career to the next level.

Building an even bigger following with his signature witty marijuana-induced punch lines and deep story telling reminiscent of legends like Nas and Eminem, Cambatta released his first 2 projects "The Visionary" and Visionary 2 in 2009 and 2010 respectively. After taking a break to further hone his craft he released Smoke & Mirrors in January 2013 to rave reviews and signed to the independent company Phantome Digital, led by Brooklyn rapper Nino Bless. "If you mix Erykah Badu with Jay Z's 'Reasonable Doubt' you get Cambatta," says Nino Bless.

With Visionary 3 and Smoke & Mirrors 2 on the way, backed by a strong dedicated team that fully believes in his talents, Cambatta is poised to be a breakout star in 2013.

Skrewtape

Skrewtape is one of the most determined and distinctive emcees to date. His music has been described as "streetwise with a deep side", merging the golden era sound with new age thoughts and ideas. Emerging from South Jersey, Skrewtape has shared stages with world-renowned rap icons Ghostface Killah (Wu-Tang Clan), Raekwon (Wu-Tang Clan), and Cam'ron (Diplomats), as well as underground hip hop legends Shabaam Sahdeeq, El Da Sensei (Artifacts), C-Rayz Walz, Jakk Frost, Wax, and Reef the Lost Cauze. His passion for performing, and his ability to personally connect with fans during his live shows, has helped him to gain increasing recognition throughout the Delaware Valley, namely the burgeoning Philadelphia underground hip-hop scene.


Skrewtape's "Skumbag Millionaires" pays homage to the mixtapes and compilations he grew up listening to (i.e. Soundbombing, Lyricists Lounge and Fat Beats) and features some of those same artists, along with others, both established and up-and-coming. With productions by Mr. Green, known for his "Live From The Streets" web series (Noisey/Vice), the album hosts veteran emcees like Pace Won, Young Zee, Tame One, Copywrite, Thirstin Howl III, C-Rayz Walz, Shabaam Sahdeeq, Milkbone, and Reef the Lost Cauze. The project also includes some rising stars such as Apollo The Great, Rich Quick and Voss to name a few. Skrewtape has collaborated with some of his greatest influences on this LP, and even those considered pioneers in the world of hip-hop music. Skumbag Millionaires will hit the streets in July and will be available via Skrewtape's Bandcamp (http://skrewtape.bandcamp.com) A follow up to Skumbag Millionaires is also in the works with a planned release through Philadelphia via North Carolina label, BIMMG, who carries distribution through Bungalo Records/Universal Music Group

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