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AZ – Undeniable: Album Review
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hip-hop reviews Quietly reaching his ninth solo album, Brooklyn’s underrated son AZ provides a nostalgic look at rap’s Golden Era on Undeniable delivering rhymes as slick and smooth as the beats that support them.


However, missing are the street-slick, ghetto-gospel grittiness of past beats and rhymes. Similar to Jay-Z’s Kingdom Come, AZ takes a more retrospective, established, and sophisticated approach; a man who has seen fads and trends of the industry come and go while still remaining
true.
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Soulful, melodic and sample-driven beats reign supreme on Undeniable, allowing AZ to reminisce on his ten plus years in the game. The players ball-like “Life on the Line” and the harmonious “What Would You Do” paints AZ at a podium receiving his rap-certification. The light and upbeat production of “Fire” shows that effortless and almost mechanical flow that he’s known for and “Dead End” provides the perfect backdrop for a hazy summer on New York streets.

When he’s not instructing a course on lyricism, AZ is fulfilling the other side of his dichotomy with attempts at crossover appeal. “Parking Lot Pimpin,” “Undeniable” and the potential hit “Go Getta” with Ray J displays the wordsmith’s savvy adaptation to today’s club-governed era.

Although lacking the subject matter and direction of classics like Doe
Or Die
, the street-savvy appeal of Aziatic is there, providing a median
for the two extremes. With Undeniable it seems that the only thing
being denied to AZ is real mainstream success. But judging from this
attempt, it doesn’t faze him much.

Download:  “What Would You Do” “Go Getta” “Fire”

 

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