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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