Legendary New York MCs, O.C. & A.G., are set to return from a brief hiatus to quench the thirst of hip-hop fans, via a collaborative effort titled Oasis.
The album is executive produced by Show (of Showbiz & AG fame) and features production Lord Finesse, E. Blaze, and Statik Selektah.
O & A, longtime friends and crewmates, first collaborated together on the classic track, “Weed & Drinks,” and ever since then talked about doing a whole album together. And, it finally came to fruition.
“It was organic cause the chemistry was also so crazy,” explains OC. “The whole process was really pure and from the heart and hip-hop fans are gonna love it,” added AG about their new album.
Born in Brooklyn and raised in Queens, O.C grew up across the street from another lyrical legend, Pharoahe Monch of Organized Konfusion. That neighbor spawned O.C’s recording debut, which came in 1991 on Organized Konfusion’s classic “Fudge Pudge.” Then, O.C. was tour when he first ran into D.I.T.C. members Lord Finesse and Buckwild. Following the tour, Buckwild and O.C worked on a demo that would eventually become the Wild Pitch Records classic, Word…Life, which contained the classic lyrical assault, “Time’s Up,” later featured on Eminem’s biopic, “8 Mile.”
Andre the Giant, better known as A.G., began his rise to acclaim, the day Lord Finesse showed up at his school to challenge any lyricist that dared to battle. AG stood up to Finesse line for line and Finesse couldn’t help but take notice of the hungry rapper. While in the studio contributing to Lord Finesse’s LP, Funky Technician, AG met Showbiz for the first time. The bond was instant and the newly formed duo began their career by selling the self-financed Soul Clap EP out of the trunk of Show’s Acura Legend coupe. Their first LP, Runaway Slave, put the spotlight back on the Bronx and heavily influenced the whole modern East Coast style of rap. Their sound was a combination of mobster influence, thoughtful lyricism, and amazing production that became synonomous with the D.I.T.C crew.
With a combined 10+ albums under their belt, the two rappers have become legends in their own right.
“For me, it’s the passion, when you’re passionate about something, you stay inspired, through the good and the bad,” said A.G. of continuing to release music.
When speaking about the significance of the album title Oasis, O.C explains: “It’s 2009 and both AG and myself have something new and fresh to offer. Fans have been searching for something like this for a long time and finally here it is.”
Oasis is slated to drop November 24th.
The final tracklist is as follows:
1. Oasis – Produced by Statik Selektah
2. Keep It Going – Produced by E Blaze
3. Give It Back – Produced by Lord Finesse
4. Alpha Males – Produced by Lord Finesse
5. Young With Style – Produced by Show and KC
6. Every Day Life – Produced by E Blaze
7. Think About It – Produced by E Blaze
8. Against The Wall – Produced by E Blaze
9. Put It In The Box – Produced by E Blaze
10. Boom Bap – Produced by Show
11. Reality Is – Produced by E Blaze
12. Contagious – Produced by E Blaze
13. Supreme Squad – Produced by Show
14. God’s Gift – Produced by E Blaze
15. Get Away – Produced by Lord Finesse
16. 2 For The Money – Produced by Show
17. Pain – Produced by E Blaze