18 Songs, 1 Hour, 9 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Born and raised in Brooklyn, Josh Baze grew up in the shadow of BK rhyme kings Biggie and Jay-Z. As a teen he became obsessed with hip-hop and started producing and recording at a makeshift home studio. Fast-forward a few years, and he's on the cusp of stardom as he works with Hype Williams, who directed his first video (the celebratory anthem "We Made It"). Hi-Heels and Low-Lifes is Baze's debut album (following 2010's The EP), and it finds the new artist flexing skills and confidence that belie his relative rookie status. With a fluid flow that brings to mind both Kanye and a young 50 Cent—and backed by strong production not afraid to mix classic-minded sample-driven beats with modern pop stylings—he's definitely onto something good. Drake fans will dig the sensitive singing and the former male-model steez, while the lyrics-first heads will appreciate Baze's autobiographical storytelling and razor-sharp wordplay. Highlights include "She's Gold," "No Good," and the outrageously funky "Keep Rockin'."

EDITORS’ NOTES

Born and raised in Brooklyn, Josh Baze grew up in the shadow of BK rhyme kings Biggie and Jay-Z. As a teen he became obsessed with hip-hop and started producing and recording at a makeshift home studio. Fast-forward a few years, and he's on the cusp of stardom as he works with Hype Williams, who directed his first video (the celebratory anthem "We Made It"). Hi-Heels and Low-Lifes is Baze's debut album (following 2010's The EP), and it finds the new artist flexing skills and confidence that belie his relative rookie status. With a fluid flow that brings to mind both Kanye and a young 50 Cent—and backed by strong production not afraid to mix classic-minded sample-driven beats with modern pop stylings—he's definitely onto something good. Drake fans will dig the sensitive singing and the former male-model steez, while the lyrics-first heads will appreciate Baze's autobiographical storytelling and razor-sharp wordplay. Highlights include "She's Gold," "No Good," and the outrageously funky "Keep Rockin'."

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Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5

113 Ratings

Hi-Heels & Low-Lifes

PokiPoki,

This can't be this dudes first album!! There are some seriously big records on here. I recommend the whole album (Big ups to his label making it only $8.99!!?) but if u GOTTA cherrypick I'd go One More Chance, Harlot, Escape, Where I Am, Want It All, Wings, Headed Home. ...But your almost payin for the whole album there anyway lol!!!

SOOOOO DOPE

wardenstoots,

Wow......seriously.....wow.... I've been building up expectations for this album for months since I heard Hollyhood/Peroxide/We Made It, but this is some genius $#!+ right here.. I mean Escape is one the hardest hitting tracks I've ever heard on a debut album.... This whole album is like a ride you don't wanna get off of. Well done Josh Baze... Well done

About Josh Baze

Mixing the hooks of pop-rap with the descriptive verses often found in the hardcore side of the genre, Brooklyn rapper Josh Baze was born and raised just a few blocks from the home of his idol, Biggie Smalls. His commitment to music came from following his DJ father from gig to gig, and from record swap to record swap, but when Baze took to the business himself, he learned that the money didn't come easy. He turned to modeling to pay the bills, even getting a job modeling for Versace, but in 2010 he met label boss Griffin Guess and signed to his imprint, Cartel Records. In 2011 he dropped the "We Made It" single along with the accompanying video, which was directed by Hype Williams. His debut album, Hi-Heels & Low-Lifes, followed in 2012 and featured the single "She's Gold." ~ David Jeffries

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