Haz The Good Book

I stumbled across Haz when I copped ‘The Promise‘ (if you haven’t heard, go and listen AND flick a couple of dollars to the culture – you won’t be disappointed or I’ll refund you!…… not really) and was instantly hooked with the uncanny ability to craft diverse and thought-provoking rhymes while still making my head nob, hands and feet tap, and face get all stank-attitude style. Usually it takes three different albums or artists to experience the holistic range of feelings for hip hop heads – but Haz is something else. So when I saw The Good Book was dropping – I was tuned in and ready.

It’s been a good few weeks in hip hop anyway, we got Awon & Phoniks who dropped ‘Nothing Less’ and 101 dropped ‘Whatever Happens Happens’ so the real hip hop heads are doing OK, but The Good Book may just be the best of them all. Plenty of people argue what matters most in hip hop…. the lyrics, the production, the content, the cohesiveness…… pick a day, any day on social media and you’ll see this debate – so Haz has once again taken it upon himself to deliver a knockout blow with this latest album once again showing IT ALL MATTERS!!!

You can forget all the gun talk, the dope talk, the crazy, super overdone braggadocio hip hop. Not knocking that world, I dig that as much as the next guy, but you don’t get that here. What you get is impeccable flow, creative wordplay and concept creation. You get pictures painted with nouns and verbs, true hip hop – beats and words. This joint hits different – like when you put on a Tribe record, or a J5 record or any of those other artists that were pure in their craft and intent. Funk, soul, jazz…. samples, hooks, soundbytes….. Haz himself is an instrument and one that is as unique as it is interesting.

Haz takes the mundane and makes it memorable. It’s basic, beautiful and brilliant all at once and reminds me of early Common. The storytelling nature, the smooth as the most expensive whiskey flow, the ‘Rat Pack’ levels of cool that exude throughout the offering – you don’t get albums like this all too often, and it’s worth the 14 month wait since we copped The Promise. The intro ‘The Opening Act’ states this was going to be an EP, and I’m super stoked that it wasn’t. The effort that Haz put in to create this joint is evident and fans of the craft and culture will be eternally grateful for the album and the insight into the life of a supremely talented emcee, wordsmith and intellectual.

Bangers: There aren’t any ‘bangers’ on this, rather it’s a complete listen from start to finish, each song becoming it’s own chapter of this Good Book. In saying that, I loved ‘The Sublime‘, ‘Do It 4 Dilla‘, ‘Lonely Road‘ and the Jay-Z 22 Two’s feel of ‘Gray‘.

Score: 10 / 10. It’s flawless. It’s not a good book, it’s a GREAT record. There aren’t many emcees or artists in general who can deliver this level of excellence, in a variety of ways – but Haz is the triple threat. Pen game, flow / delivery and epic production choice. Spin this and then spin it again and again.

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About The Author

By Brutus Maximus

Founder of Raw Side Hip Hop. Been rocking with the hip hop culture for over 30 years. Love the creativity, authenticity of the art and the culture as a whole. Shout out to the real ones making and supporting true hip hip and the artists who make it!