AZ returns with some snifter-sippin’ G shit…produced by the OG Buckwild, no less. The two have proven their unfailing working chemistry time and time again, but I might actually go on to say that this rates close to the top of that list. It seems like the two came back refreshed after years of (re-)reading Donald Goines and (re-)watching flicks scored by Willie Hutch. Something about the minimalist approach to the body of the beat…then the flutes stab inward…THEN the horns take you to another place while Sose goes on with the integral “stand-up guy” narrative. Cherry wood smell rap. Doe Or Die II, soon.
No Sleep Recordings is set to release the second vinyl of unreleased gems from O.C, O-Zone Originals Part 2, tracks recorded from the pre Word … Life era up until the release of Jewelz. The EP features production by Da Beatminerz, Buckwild, and DJ Ogee. Hard to believe that some of these joints went unreleased, it puts how ill this era was into perspective. Even handfuls of “throwaways” were legit minutes of slammin’ audio. Check the snippets. Tracklist and order information below.
O.C. “O-Zone Originals Part 2″ (Snippets)
A1: “Flipside” [DJ Ogee] * – This was a track done right after “Word…Life” was finished, but well before “Jewelz” started.
A2:. “Master Ya High” [Buckwild] * – This was another track done in between the first two albums. Buckwild ended up using an altered version of this beat for a Faith Evans record years later.
A3: “Gone” [DJ Ogee] * – This was an outtake from “Jewelz”. This song was revisted and remixed years later for the “Smoke and Mirrors” album.
A4:. “Kevvy Kev Promo” [Buckwild] + – This was a promo done during the early promotion of “Word…Life” for Bay Area DJ / host, Kevvy Kev at KZSU.
B1: “Sharp As A Knife” [Buckwild] + – This track was done before “Word…Life” around the same time as “Sugar” and “Outsiders”.
B2: “Stronjay”(Original Version) [DJ Ogee] * – This was the original version of the song on “Jewelz”.
B3 “Pain” [Da Beatminerz] * – This was another song done for “Jewelz” that was deleted at the last moment.
B4. “Sway and Tech Promo” feat. MC Serch [DJ Ogee] + – Another promo done for “The Wake Up Show” during the promotion of “Word…Life”.
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