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The best kept secret in music

Press


“HaZ is an MC who has always challenged people's comfort zones with his unique lyrics and flows. He is def. An artist to look out for in a time of needed ‘MC Responsibility’”
-Sabac Red of the acclaimed underground rap Non-Phixion


“What can I say? HaZ is one of the most prolific minds in hip-hop today. He’s like those types--like your Mos Def, Talib Kweli and Common in terms of saying something. The thing that is different about him that he straddles the conscious/ commercial line better than most. He makes music people can feel. At the end of the day, he says what he wants to say and still has that appeal. It translates.”
-Charles “Mackximus” Mack, songwriter/ producer of The Professionals,
credits including Tupac, Destiny’s Child & Omarion


“HaZ---a credit to the game. Definitely a positive outlook on the game. We need more HaZs. Let’s shoot ‘em up! Bang Bang!”
-Bazaar Royale, C.E.O Man Royale Ent./ Artist, DMX’s Bloodline Records


“I love working with this brother. Fire, ice, politics and passion are in his words. He has the ear of his generation and his eyes are on the future.”
-Jamal Joseph, Former Black Panther, Current Award-Winning Screenwriter & Director


"He's so relevant, he's inevitable"
-Jordan, Hip-Hop/R&B Producer,
credits including Kenny Latimore


“Thank goodness for "My Destiny," collaboration with HaZ. HaZ lends a funky rapped vocal to this song, blending his voice with Big Brooklyn Red and they sound good together.”
-Wren Bunch, Critic for fmsound.com,
On his collaboration with soul singer Big Brooklyn Red


“HaZ is one bad motherfucker.”
-Big Brooklyn Red, Soul Singer
- ISM Production Group, LLC


Discography

"The Paradigm Piece" Ep 2006
"The Bohemian RapCd" LP 2005
"52 Pick Up" (DJ. N.O.E Mixtape) 2005
"All N a Dayz Work" (Negativity Assasin Mixtape) 2005

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Feeling a bit camera shy

Bio

HaZ, born Hassan El-Gendi, is a multi-talented rapper who describes himself as an artivist (activist/artist). Using witty, controversial and politically aware lyrics, he explores the inner angst of being raised in the ghetto but not raised by the ghetto. He got his first professional break performing at Carnegie Hall with KRS-ONE. Since then, he has also shared the stage with Roger Daltrey of the legendary WHO, M1 of the revolutionary rap duo Dead Prez, and Sabac Red of critically-acclaimed underground rap group Non- Phixion. Recently, HaZ has appeared on the All N A Dayz Work and 52 Pick Up mix tapes hosted by the up-and-coming DJ N.O.E..

Born and raised in the Crown Heights section of Brooklyn, HaZ perfected his skills free-styling in ciphers around his way, eventually earning a name for himself by performing at block parties. While in high school, he was accepted into an award-winning youth performance program called CityKids Repertory Company. HaZ not only performed with CityKids, but he also was involved as a youth activist with the organization, where he went on to serve as the director for its socially conscious coalition program. HaZs experience with the program helped to shape how he looked at his coming of age in NYC and how he could voice that experience with an aggressive and compelling style.

HaZ would continue his activist work with IMPACT Repertory Theatre as its Associate Producer, writing and producing songs with and for the young people of central Harlem. The work he created with and for IMPACT has appeared at the United Nations, the Apollo Theater, the Million Family March, and the New York City Marathon. HaZs lyrics have also appeared on NBC, CBS and Nickelodeon television stations, and in the HBO film, Disappearing Acts. HaZ is also an accomplished actor having most recently appeared as Sonny in the independent film production Punching at the Sun, which premiered at the 2006 Sundance Film Festival

As multi-faceted talent writer, HaZ has also written songs and jingles for television (Nickelodeons The Big Help Promos and ABCs Citykidsin which he also starred) and radio (spots for Sprite and Baccardi). HaZ has also experienced success a television writer, co-writing a short film for Comedy Central with award-winning writer/director Jamal Joseph (A&E's Knights of the Bronx, Black Starz!s Hughes Dream Harlem and FOXs Ali: An American Hero and New York Undercover). HaZ has also co-produced a track with Mr. Joseph for the Tupac tribute album The Rose That Grew From Concrete featuring an all-star roster including Russell Simmons, Quincy Jones, Mos Def, Q-Tip, and Geronimo Pratt.

HaZ has recently released an EP entitled The Paradigm Piece and is currently touring.