Born Xavier Andreu in the early 1980’s in Southbridge, MA, Haze was first introduced to hip hop in the mid 1990’s. Albums such as Resurrection By Common Sense and Illmatic by Nas we’re his earliest inspirations. The productions of The Beatnuts, Pete Rock, The D.I.T.C crew as well as DJ Premier molded his taste in beats: melodic samples and tough drums.
Although his main influences are from the 1990’s and early 2000’s he realizes you have to move along with the times That’s not to say you’ll hear him using auto-tune any time soon – it means he knows we’re in an era where you have to update old formulas. You can’t use the same flow on every song; you can’t rhyme over filtered bass-lines and horn stabs any more. He wants to move the culture forward without straying too far from his roots and the foundation that was laid before him. Haze respects hip hop and its forefathers and aims to be named among the greatest lyricists of all time.
An observant writer, Haze’s lyrics tackle social issues, single-parent upbringings, racism, racial identity and the occasional political rant.
His debut album The Offering was released in December of 2012 with many blogs picking it up through word of mouth. A string of videos released earlier in 2012 built him a strong buzz and has led to requests for guest appearances from all around the world.
His frequent collaborators include Josh Bliss Lighten, Aperiod (who along with Haze form Main Aim), Paranom (of The Tragic Allies) DJ Manipulator, Louie Gonz, Busted Fuse, DJ Bobby Milk, Elijah Divine and Evilldewer.
Haze hasn’t reached his peak yet. He’s always striving to perfect his craft, whether it’s song structure, breath control, delivery or finding the best production he can – he’s working hard at all times.
MAIN AIM does it again! Get familiar with these guys if you're not hip already. They've got a tremendous amount of music available online and videos for your listening and viewing pleasure. Don't be afraid to attend one of their shows, buy a CD or pay for a download. These guys put in work!
When I first heard this, I had just finished burning some high grade and was taken on a journey from track 1. This was just the music I needed to take my mind to a place of reflection. A place of peace, where troubles fade and worries flee even if it is just for a time. So to further extend that time there I listened to this album 3 times in a row.
Everything about this project says a lot about the mind behind the design. The beats that were chosen, the lyrics that compliment them, his flow and the overall vibe is worthy of praise. Not overloaded with features but just enough to show that crew love.
So many gems but my personal favorites are "Look of Love", "If I lose My Mind" feat. Paranom and "Light Dimmer" and even the outro "Stressed" was a great farewell til next time. This project is packed with knowledge and feel good Hip Hop and not dumbed down by any means.
Do yourselves a favor. Give this album a listen. Support this brother right here!
Debut album from HAZE of Main Aim out of MA. which is a 15 year love of labor and was recorded from 2010 til late 2012. It cover many topics over soulful and innovative beats provided by the best producers in the area.
Released: December 12, 2012
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