AZ - The Calm
Don’t let the title deceive you: The Calm, the latest single from AZ, is not exactly chill-out material. Unless you consider drug-dealing and gunplay appropriate activities for a relaxing evening – in which case, remind me never to attend any cocktail parties at your place. Anyway, this hard-nosed joint finds recent Booth interviewee Statik Selektah handling production duties, crafting a driving funk instrumental complete with an intro sampled from blues singer Keb Mo’s Rainmaker and a hook sampled from AZ’s own Problems. On the lyrical tip, the Brooklyn mainstay keeps it street, offering a litany of reasons to stay on your toes if you find yourself walking through his neighborhood after dark. The moral of this story? To quote the emcee quoting his own most famous guest appearance, “Life’s a b*tch – n*ggas die on the norm.” Fans can find The Calm, along with a few more new joints, on AZ’s heavily revamped 15th Anniversary re-release of debut studio album Doe or Die, scheduled to hit store shelves and online retailers November 23.