Renowned Hip Hop collective Diggin’ In The Crates crew members A.G. (Andre the Giant) and O.C. [click to read] are set to release their highly anticipated collaborative album, OASIS.
The joint LP will feature D.I.T.C. crew members Showbiz (also an executive producer) and Lord Finesse, as well as Statik Selektah [click to read].
Not only crew members, but also long time friends, A.G. and O.C. were inspired to put out a collaborative album since recording the 2001 memorable track “Weed & Drinks”, which was featured on O.C.’s Bon Appétit [click to read]. “It was organic cause the chemistry was also so crazy,” said O.C.
Growing up across the street from legendary lyricist Pharaoh Monch, Queens crew member O.C. was introduced to rhyming and eventually dropped his first debut on Organized Konfusion’s timeless classic “Fudge Pudge” in 1991.
Meanwhile, D.I.T.C. emcee A.G. was invited to a Rap battle during school against Lord Finesse, producer of Notorious B.I.G.’s “Suicidal Thoughts” and Dr. Dre’s “The Message”, which landed him in Finesse’s studio after impressing him with his punch lines.
After 10 years and over ten albums later, D.I.T.C. members O.C. and A.G., as well as Showbiz, Diamond D, Lord Finesse, Fat Joe, O.C., Buckwild, and the late Big L, have held it down for the east coast, achieving success collectively and independently as hip hop emcees, deejays and producers.
“For me, it’s the passion. When you’re passionate about something you stay inspired, through the good and the bad,” said A.G. The OASIS LP will be released on November 24 via Nature Sounds/D.I.T.C. Records.
The tracklisting 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