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Friday, Feb 12 2016 | 05:42
Image: 1602241 The 90’s introduced a slew of dynamic hip-hop duo’s including Das
EFX, Cella Dwellas and Mos Def & Talib Kweli. I.G. Off & Hazadous
were one of these duos and put their name on the map in that era with
several indie releases and countless underground radio sessions
as a New York rap group known for their gritty raw street grammar
and dope freestyle skills. The Bronx/Queens duo first appeared on
the DJ Spinna produced and released 3-track 12” “Street Serenade”
in 1997 and were featured on the classic Rawkus Lyricist Lounge
Volume One compilation on the posse freestyle cut “Bathroom
Cypher” in 1998. Within the next few years I.G. Off &Hazadous
recorded a string of singles, working with DJ Spinna again on the
“The Nicest”12” single, and getting a placement on the Superrappin
Vol. II album. Around that time the duo also connected with Norway’s
finest producer and Guesswhyld Records affiliate Tommy Tee.
Ill Adrenaline Records and Tee Productions proudly presents I.G.
Off & Hazadous “Ready For Me b/w Crown Holders (feat. Skam2?)”
limited edition 7” – two rare and very dope tracks from 1998/99,
originally released on two different Tommy Tee albums. Both tracks
also were featured in the critically acclaimed documentary “Hip-Hop:
A Tale from the Hood” (based on I.G. Off & Hazadous’ life and their
everyday struggle) by German filmmaker Harald Rumpf and have
never been available on vinyl before.
After being hit by a drunk driver in 2007 and being paralyzed from
then on, I.G. Off sadly passed away on June 12th in 2012. The 7”
displays the lyrical street duo at their best and pays homage to the
late, great veteran emcee and freestyle king I.G. Off.

Queens Side
1. Ready For Me
Bronx Side
1. Crown Holders feat. Skam2? Available from 25.03.2016
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