Fans of Wu Tang Clan know Hell-Razah and Shabazz the Disciple well. Both started off in the Wu affiliate group Sunz of Man before Shabazz went solo and eventually joined RZA’s horrorcore outfit Gravediggaz and then going solo. Meanwhile, Razah stayed with Sunz, releasing a slew of classic albums. Before forming side-project group Black Market Militia with Killah Priest and Timbo King, and issuing solo albums Renaissance Child and Razah's Ladder.
Now the duo has reunited as T.H.U.G. Angelz and have a stellar album out this week called Welcome To Red Hook Houses on Babygrande Records. Assuming the roles of tour guides, Razah and Shabazz commit to shining a light on the Red Hook housing projects that served as a creative breeding ground for them and many other independent emcees, making it a concept album of sorts.
Freestyle 101 was thrilled to get these world-class MCs in the booth at DaMan Productions in New York and watch them do their thing. In fact, the guys loved the R.N.S. beat they spit over so much that they included a variation of what they kicked here and included it on the album! So now Freestyle 101 is inspiring actual album tracks with the impromptu rhymes we get from these great artists! DOPE!
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