KRS-One, AZ & O.C. Represent Real Hip-Hop With Style

UPDATE: Stylistic Murder has released the music video for “Represent The Real,” featuring AZ, KRS-One, and O.C.:

ORIGINAL AUGUST 11 STORY: Today (August 11) marks Hip-Hop’s birthday. In celebration of the date, three elite MCs who have stood for the culture come together for a special collaboration premiering at Ambrosia For Heads. “Represent The Real” features KRS-One, AZ, and O.C. The three New York native MCs link on a song commissioned from Stylistic Murder, an Irish collective that has promoted Hip-Hop shows for years before expanding to a full-fledged record label. The song will also be released on a special 7″ vinyl single, with a B-side featuring ONYX called “A Lil Funk.”

The collaboration begins with AZ repping for the culture he’s very much a part of. “Hip-Hop hooray, verbal AK spray / Serve you, for the fact that y’all got the nerve to play / I heard you harmonize like the Cold Crush 5 / I’m sittin’ fly with half-closed shut eyes / I can’t tell if this is heaven or hell / Puffin’ L’s on the stoop to pushin’ coupes that sell / These young boys either dyin’ or jailin’ / Lyin’ or tellin’,” he begins, before brandishing his ironclad reputation in the streets and the booth. O.C. raps next, glued to the beat. “Understand what’s goin’ on / It makes sense in the flow when I pause / So it complements the beats, the cuts, and the chords / Have our perfection in the flaws / Music comes out best when the testament is raw,” spits the D.I.T.C. great. Seconds later, Mush reminds all that he adores Hip-Hop to the bone. KRS-One spits next. He flexes multiple flows while kicking his opinion of the competition. “These rappers, they come and go in a blink / They not gigantic, they Titanic, the ice makin’ ’em sink / Think, you dissin’ your relatives, takin’ sedatives / Not realizing you’re losing your cultural heritage / True school, nothin’ new to me / Hip-Hop is not rap, Hip-Hop is you and me.

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“Represent The Real” is produced by Stylistic Murder and Wax 100, has scratches by DJ Flip, and is mixed by famed engineer Eddie Sancho (Gang Starr, Evidence, Freddie Gibbs & Alchemist). An artist Eddie worked with, Jeru The Damaja, will be performing at the Represent The Real launch party at Dublin’s Workman’s Club on August 20.

Almost 30 years ago, KRS-One and O.C. appeared on Lord Finesse’s “Brainstorm / P.S.K. – No Gimmicks Remix” from The Awakening. In 2022, KRS released his 24th solo album, I M A M C R U 1 2. AZ dropped a deluxe edition of last year’s Doe Or Die II album, featuring additional songs produced by Statik Selektah and Westside Connection hit-maker Budd’ha.

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New music by KRS and AZ appears on the official AFH playlist.

#BonusBeat: Ambrosia For Heads’ What’s The Headline podcast’s late 2021 interview with AZ for Doe Or Die II: