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The Show & A Experience (Showbiz & A.G. of D.I.T.C.): Live Hard

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    Esteemed Diggin' In The Crates (D.I.T.C.) members Show & A.G (Andre the Giant) first gained notoriety in the early-to-mid '90s with two critically-acclaimed albums, Runaway Slave and Goodfellas. Fast forward to 2008, Show & A.G. have been busy individually, but are back together after a 10 year hiatus on Live Hard. The album is directed at both the new generation of Rap fans too young to have done the "Soul Clap" and also to those who are already familiar with the boom bap legacy of Show & A.G. The duo continues their reign as supreme rap gods with minimal guest appearances. Fellow D.I.T.C. Rap General O.C. makes an appearance on "Land of the Free" and every track is produced by Show except for "Magic" which is produced by E-Blaze. DJ Premier also lends his patented cuts and scratches on "Business As Usual." When it comes to representing D.I.T.C. to the fullest, Show & A.G. have always been worthy representatives and unwavering in their quest to bring back truth and realness to the rap game. Their latest offering is an admirable addition to the team's catalogue, with thoughtful lyrics and laid-back joints for fans to enjoy.

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    1. Business As Usual
    featuring DJ Premier (of Gang Starr)
    Producers: Showbiz (of D.I.T.C.)
     
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    2. Can't Relate
    Producers: Showbiz (of D.I.T.C.)
     
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    3. The World Is Listening
    Producers: Showbiz (of D.I.T.C.)
     
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    4. Running Man
    Producers: Showbiz (of D.I.T.C.)
     
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    5. Land Of The Free
    featuring O.C. (of D.I.T.C.)
    Producers: Showbiz (of D.I.T.C.)
     
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    6. Live Hard
    Producers: Showbiz (of D.I.T.C.)
     
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    7. Magic
    Producers: E-Blaze
     
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    8. Business As Usual
    Producers: Showbiz (of D.I.T.C.)
    instrumental 
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    9. Can't Relate
    Producers: Showbiz (of D.I.T.C.)
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    10. The World Is Listening
    Producers: Showbiz (of D.I.T.C.)
    instrumental 
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    11. Land Of The Free
    Producers: Showbiz (of D.I.T.C.)
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    12. Live Hard
    Producers: Showbiz (of D.I.T.C.)
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    Total Comments: 9
    5 Stars
    Name: (Posted: 1/19/2012 8:41:00 PM; Partial IP: 4.57.32.98)
    Location: Columbus OH
    Comment: Sometimes we have to come back years later to appreciate an album. This is real dope....
    5 Stars
    Name: (Posted: 1/4/2011 5:31:00 PM; Partial IP: 22.246.220)
    Location: spain
    Comment: waiting for a new album
    4 Stars
    Name: (Posted: 10/3/2009 12:55:00 PM; Partial IP: 70.206.113)
    Location: PLYMOUTH, UK
    Comment: To the brothers Al Harrington and Testament you've addressed some valid points with well thought constructive criticism and I respect you both for that as you've made me think deeply before writing this review but I feel that A.G is keepin it real from his perspective, and even though I disagree with some of his lyrics he's not claiming to be some one he's not like many MC'S/ studio pranksters who claim to be thugs and gangstas. The word play is indeed depressing at times but thats how he feels from the heart, and thats important to me!!! The material is not as good as their earlier classic releases but in comparison to alot of the garbage out today I give this 4 stars, and I copped both a sealed limited double vinyl copy and CD to bump. Peace out guys I'm outta here!!!
    Name: (Posted: 9/25/2008 1:39:00 PM; Partial IP: .185.69.77)
    Location: hamilton,ontario
    Comment: I have to give you HUGE props for that comment. It's wisdom like that that A LOT of people need. Too many people think one-sided when it comes to life and they need to understand that there is so much more to life than money. You keep working for what you want but at the same time: APPRECIATE WHAT YOU HAVE RIGHT NOW!!! but on the new show & A.G. album even though I'm a huge fan of them and the D.I.T.C. crew; I think the album is a little bit of a downer. It doesn't meet up to the standards of the Full Scale album which was CLASSIC. But I haven't given up on them or D.I.T.C. I have faith that Show & A.G. will bring out a better album. I guess he just has to find the spirit that he used to have way back in the day.
    3 Stars
    Name: (Posted: 8/5/2008 8:47:00 PM; Partial IP: 2.70.62.49)
    Location: Rockzbury
    Comment: What's all this depressing sh1t about only money matters and all this sh1t. I mean, the music itself is not wack, but that message is. A.G. just seems to be rappin with a heavy heart in recent years. C'mon now, there's people alot worse off then DITC...and maybe he see's himself rapping for those people, well maybe those people could use some uplifting fun type of rhymes instead of this depressing sh1t. More fun and style like "Giant in the Mental" and less of this heavy hearted, cynical depressionville type raps. time to have fun on the mic again, it's ok to talk about reality now and then, but sometimes your music should transcend that street sh1t...rap has never been all about "reality". Kick some fun raps my man...just listen to your old sh1t, even songs about dough like "fat pockets" had an uplifting vibe to them. I don't understand the dark tone of their music these days, seems they been sucked into that "keep it street" sh1t a lil too much, that sh1t is crazy wack sometimes doggy, I don't feel all that life is hard woe is me sh1t...people in the ghetto should be havin fun, what else do they have, you don't need to be rich to have fun. STOP THE MADNESS, HIP HOP IS SUPPOSED TO BE FUN! Life is about alot more then money, they are trying to make money a prerequisite for happiness but it's not at that point yet, trust me I know. There's plenty of millionares who live unhappy lives.
    3 Stars
    Name: (Posted: 4/24/2008 6:32:00 AM; Partial IP: .198.37.65)
    Location: Antwerp, Belgium
    Comment: Decent return of the legendary duo but they can't bring it anymore like they used to.
    5 Stars
    Name: (Posted: 3/20/2008 2:12:00 PM; Partial IP: 20.216.170)
    Location: B-X
    Comment: ALL I GOTTA SAY IS..... ..THIS IZ RAW 0-8,,GO HARD OR TAKE YO' AZZ HOME!! THIS ALBUM IS THE BLUEPRINT FOR PUTTIN' 2GETHER THAT "4EVER MUSIC",YA' DIGG!!! "DIGGIN' 4 LIFE 'MAYNE!"
    4 Stars
    Name: (Posted: 2/28/2008 1:43:00 PM; Partial IP: 161.39.251)
    Location: hollandski
    Comment: can,t wait for this! its gonna be phat as everrrrrrrrrrrrrrr!
    4 Stars
    Name: (Posted: 2/22/2008 4:39:00 PM; Partial IP: 159.124.60)
    Location: NY, NY
    Comment: Show & A.G., esteemed members of Diggin’ In The Crates, first gained notoriety in the early-to-mid ‘90s with two critically-acclaimed albums, Runaway Slave and Goodfellas. Fast forward to 2008, A.G. (AKA Andre the Giant) has been busy keeping his formidable rhyme skills intact, having released two independent solo joints and guest appearing on numerous D.I.T.C. releases. Show (formerly known as Showbiz) is no slouch either, having become a sought-after producer, lending his musical talents to other illustrious members of his crew as well as countless other rappers on the scene. On Live Hard, Show & A.G. have regrouped after a ten year hiatus to bring listeners an EP chockfull of New York-style underground beats and rhymes. The songs on this album are squarely aimed at attracting the current generation of dedicated rap fans who might have been too young to remember the frenetic joy of "Soul Clap" or sonic beauty of "Next Level.” In addition to converting neophytes to the D.I.T.C. sound, it still serves to rekindle their ties with older Hip Hop heads, already in-the-know when it comes to the boom bap legacy of Show & A.G. Overall, Live Hard contains moments of brilliance, a blissful union of melody and rhythm that capture the D.I.T.C. aesthetic. The album begins with “Business As Usual”, a slow burner of a track composed of a stark piano loop, hard-hitting drums and DJ Premier’s patented cuts and scratches. The song signals the triumphant return of the Bronx-bred team into the treacherous Hip-Hop landscape; with A.G. sounding both confident in his lyrical abilities and resolute in bringing the essence back to his beloved art form. “Magic” is another noteworthy track that finds A.G. spitting uplifting lyrics over a buttery smooth and soulful track. The emcee speaks eloquently about his life experiences and expresses gratitude for having gained worldwide respect and admiration through their music, from the rough concrete blocks of the BX to the tropical islands of “Indone-si-a.” Other tracks worth a listen include “Live Hard” (the semi-autobiographical title track) and “The World Is Listening,” a vivid tale that espouses the benefits of speaking the truth. On other songs, listeners might feel slightly disappointed by the lack of variety in A.G.'s rhymes and Show's musical contributions. Although the over-reliance on posse cuts and guest producers tend to clutter a majority of Hip Hop releases these days, “Live Hard” might have benefited from a few artistic collaborations. A.G. has a style that can always serve well to be broken up by another rapper. O.C. is the only other D.I.T.C. member and rapper present on the album. He provides a potent dose of raw energy and unbridled swagger to "Land of the Free,” a noteworthy critique of America's preoccupation with materialism and greed. When it comes to representing D.I.T.C. to the fullest, Show & A.G. have always been worthy representatives and unwavering in their quest to bring back truth and realness to the rap game. Their latest offering is an admirable addition to the team’s catalogue, with thoughtful lyrics and laid-back joints for fans to enjoy. Let’s hope that Show & A.G. will release a proper full-length very soon, one that will continue to hold up their legacy as Bronx legends.
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