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"Audio: Hear Josh Baze's Debut Song!"

It's not often that an MC pops out and immediately draws comparisons to Kanye West, but that’s just what’s happened already to Josh Baze.

Why, you ask? Well, the Brooklyn rapper's debut song, "Hollyhood," to start. The bouncy track was not only produced by Griffin Guess, who crafted tracks for Yeezy’s Graduation, but he also fuses a stylin' look with hip-hop nostalgia and modern day trip-hop to conjure a motif that mirror’s West's early days.

Wanna hear for yourself? Check it out above, and nab the single on iTunes.

- Us Weekly


"Josh Baze Performs "Ordinary""

Josh Baze Performs "Ordinary" on Jimmy Kimmel Live - Jimmy Kimmel Live


"Josh Baze Performs "Escape" featuring Danny Klein"

Josh Baze Performs "Escape" featuring Danny Klein on Jimmy Kimmel Live - Jimmy Kimmel Live


"Josh Baze Performs “She’s Gold”"

A Daytime Exclusive!

Rising hip hop star Josh Baze made his daytime talk show debut only on “Wendy” and performed his hit new song “She’s Gold.”

The critics have said Josh is a combination of Jay-Z and Kanye West.

Take a look and tell us what you think! - The Wendy Williams Show


"5 Questions With ... Josh Baze"

Brooklyn, N.Y., native rapper lets the beats tell the story

Rapper/singer Josh Baze was the recent guest for an installment of The Recording Academy's 5 Questions With … series. Held at The Recording Academy's headquarters in Santa Monica, Calif., Baze discussed his favorite GRAMMY moment, music education, utilizing social media, his songwriting process, and working with music video/film director Hype Williams, among other topics.

"Each instrument tells a story," said Baze on his songwriting process. "I take a turning point out of my life and [match] it with the beat and make sure it makes a story that's connected to the people out there, or from my heart to yours. I make sure there's a connection with me and the fans."

Born in Brooklyn, N.Y., Baze, who was inspired by his musician father to start creating music, cites fellow New York natives such as the late Notorious B.I.G. and Jay-Z as major influences. Baze ventured to Los Angeles to record his debut album #smash, and since then several singles from the album have been released, including "Hollyhood" and "Peroxide." Baze's latest single, "We Made It," will feature an accompanying video directed by GRAMMY-nominated video director Williams, set to debut on Aug. 9. The album is set to be released on Feb. 14, 2012, and will feature collaborations with Deadmau5 and GRAMMY winner Jamie Foxx.

Come back to GRAMMY.com on Aug. 9 to view Baze's exclusive performance at The Academy. - GRAMMY.org


"Video Premiere: Josh Baze, 'She's Gold'"

By now there should be zero uncertainty that Buzz On alum Josh Baze is headed for household-name stardom. And if the behind-the-scenes sneak peek preview of his "She's Gold" video didn't convince you, then you should really go somewhere, sit with yourself, and really refocus, because Josh is the realness. But fortunately, you're already Team Baze, and double-fortunately we've got the full-length "She's Gold" video, directed by Griffin Guess. (You can thank us later, perhaps in the form of THIS. Or we'll take the smaller version if that's all you can find.)

Watch Josh Baze's "She's Gold" video after the jump.

Remember when we told you that Josh Baze spray-painted a hot model chick gold in his "She's Gold" video? I'm here to confirm that that DEFINITELY happy and to confirm that that confirms his baller status.

In addition to fun with spray paint, Josh and his golden girl cozy up on expensive whips, dance around, and make puppy eyes while canoodling in front of a customized "Baze" neon sign. That's right -- a custom NEON SIGN. We thought that kinda tricked-out stuff was only reserved for like, Diddy's white party or Kanye's shoe closet whatever? Guess Josh is already there. There's a bunch more flirting and sexy almost-hookups that go on until Josh and his golden girl are excused to uhhhh, do some stuff that probably wouldn't make it into an actual music video. Side note, anyone know if these two are dating? If not, WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR, GUYS? - MTV Buzzworthy


"Josh Baze Wins This Weeks Freshmen"

Congrats to Josh Baze and his fans who claimed this weeks Freshmen win. Josh held a pretty commanding lead all week with Nick Carter Green coming in second. The video for “We Made It” will be added into rotation next week. We’ll be back on Monday with new videos by Alex Young, Antoine Dunn, Jimmy Needham, Mental Elastic Dynasty and Says She’s Ms. Blat. Till then… - MTVu


"Last Call Spotlight: Josh Baze"

MC Josh Baze hopes to follow in the footsteps of fellow Brooklyn rappers, Jay-Z and B.I.G. He's the future of hip hop, and the focus of the Last Call Spotlight. - NBC's Last Call with Carson Daly


"Josh Baze Blazing A Trail From Brooklyn To Hollywood"

Fire Starter: Josh Baze
The name Josh Baze may not ring any bells. He's not attached to any big-time artists or an underground movement, nor does he have the backing of a major label. But in spite of his low profile, the Brooklyn-born MC is gearing up for the release of the Hype Williams-directed video for his first official single, "We Made It."

Mixtape Daily Fire Starter: Josh Baze
The collabo with Hype puts Baze in good company, as Williams has directed debut videos for Missy Elliott, the Wu-Tang Clan and Busta Rhymes, among others. And while only time will tell if Baze will be one day be mentioned in the same breath as those stars, he sure hopes so. The 21-year-old told Mixtape Daily he started rapping in his teens and always had a passion for the mic.

"I started off on the desks in my elementary school. I started getting into the studio around 16. After I learned how to do a track, and I just laid down my first 16, it was a wrap," Baze said. "My dad was a DJ, so just having him around and watching music get built inside of my house, it was a blessing, because I got to learn so much, man."

Baze (rhymes with haze) grew up listening to and idolizing fellow Brooklyn MCs the Notorious B.I.G and Jay-Z because of their ability to lyrically depict their neighborhoods and day-to-day struggles. He hopes to do the same on his debut EP, which is aptly titled The EP and slated to drop in September.

"The EP is basically 21 years of my life. It's basically about stories of relationships, ex-girlfriends, family members; the good, the bad, the ugly, whatever," Baze explained. "I just really want to give people a journey of where I came from, which is Brooklyn all the way to Hollywood."

Baze linked up with Hype after the rapper's manager, Griffin Guess, played the famed director some of his music, piquing Williams' interest.

"I grew up watching this guy direct and make dreams, so it was really inspiring just to have him shoot my first video. It's a blessing to have a hip-hop pioneer direct my first video, and he's so cool and humble," Baze said. "It's not even just as a director but as a real friend, and just building that relationship conquered a lot."

Baze promised the album will feature some unique sounds, which isn't surprising considering he's working with acts like Jamie Foxx and deadmau5.
- MTV


"Josh Baze Talks "Hi-Heels & Low-Lifes" & Working With Hype Williams"

Brooklyn boy Josh Baze rapped his way out of the concrete jungle, and is now basking in the Hollywood limelight.

NEW MUSIC: Josh Baze "Ghosts N' Stuff"

Becoming the talk of blogs virtually overnight, Josh boasts accomplishments like winning MTV's Freshman Five and working with legendary hip-hop director Hype Williams.

GlobalGrind caught up with the former Versace model to talk about his debut album Hi-Heels & Low-Lifes, working with Hype Williams, and collaborating with Deadmau5.

NEW MUSIC: Josh Baze "Hollyhood"

Check out our exclusive interview below!

GlobalGrind: Can you tell us a little bit about your forthcoming debut album, Hi-Heels & Low-Lifes?

Josh Baze: The album is coming out on March 20th. It’s basically a collection of many different styles and ‘approach’ for all listeners. I like to call it an all-purpose album.

It’s about tracks from family members passing, or to men and women, break ups, and just a lot of different things. Me coming from Brooklyn and California and basically my success. It has a very emotional range for everything. And it’s a different style, fresh new sound, and I can’t wait for the world to hear what I have to offer.

How do you like California compared to Brooklyn?

California, I would have to say, is more of a laid back, family place for me. I’m from New York, and New York is basically a rat race. If you look outside your window right now, I’m pretty sure everybody’s on the grind.

You worked with Hype Williams on your video ”We Made It." How was it working with him?

First of all, Hype is definitely a pioneer of hip-hop. Not even in hip-hop – in all music. Working with Hype has got to be one the biggest accomplishments. I grew up watching Hype videos, so meeting him and shaking his hand, I was living out my dreams. We found a way to go back to my Brooklyn roots, and have a reflection on my new beginning to more of a “going to Hollywood.”

That’s a kid’s dream, to make it out of wherever they’re at to Hollywood. Hollywood symbolizes success. And Hype Williams definitely made that happen for me. He definitely made my dreams come true throughout all these years. It was a blessing to work with Hype.

Tell us your “rags to riches” story? You grew up in Brooklyn and you have a bunch of siblings, right?

Yes (laughs). I have five sisters.

Are you the only boy?

Yeah, I’m the only boy.

You probably ended up giving them a lot of advice, and telling them to stay away from boys and stuff like that (laughs).

Yeah (laughs). Mostly they gave me advice, on how to treat women. Basically everything that’s on my album right now, is basically everything that they taught me, so I’m really thankful. They could be a headache sometimes, but I’m really thankful to have them in my life right now.

Where does your story begin? Take us back to Josh Baze way before the Hollywood hills and lights, and when you were just in Brooklyn hustling.

I remember, I think I was about 15, and I didn’t have a job and I didn’t really have family support. My mom wanted me to finish school and go to college. You know, basically the “safe” way to success, as every parent would want their kid to do. I remember just going on CraigsList, and at the time I was still rapping, still recording, so I would go on CraigsList and find little labor work.

If the lady up the street needed her shopping cart lifted up the stairs for like $10, I would keep doing that stuff. That was all to get equipment and build my home studio because I couldn’t afford studio time. I thought it was the smart way to build my studio so I could just roll over and record my thoughts.

I had gotten discovered in the modeling world, too. I remember walking in the streets in the city, and I got easily scouted to do a Versace campaign. That right there, basically put on the forefront of the world – the globe. And everybody knew who Josh was, but everyone was mistaken that I was a model. I really used that platform to get recognition.

I always wanted to work with Kanye West, and when I found out that my manager also worked with Kanye I contacted him. Next thing you know, like three months later, they flew me out to California to basically record two new singles, which are “Peroxide” and “Hollyhood” which are out right now on iTunes.

What’s been the hardest part about your journey?

The hardest part? Umm, all jokes aside (laughs). I’m used to eating and basically doing whatever I wanted to do. But maintaining weight loss, and having to be consistent with music, that was never really a problem, but just focusing on my health and stuff like that, it was the hardest part. So I would have to say weight loss, and basically my health and things of that nature was probably the hardest part of this journey.

For everybody who listens to High Heels & Low-Lifes, what do you want them to take away from that?

One thing?

Yeah.

I want them to take away the story - a good story. A full story of just everything I’ve been through and everything they’re been through. I know I can connect with them in some sort of way. Like I said, it’s an all-purpose album, so there’s a song up there for everybody. I’m pretty sure of that.

You were the winner of MTV’s Freshman Five. How did that feel?

Aww, the fans. It was shocking to wake up and see that news. Definitely a blessing to wake up and see that achievement, or that win or trophy, or that chip on my shoulder.

You also worked with Deadmau5. How was that?

Yes. Ahh, man. The whole Deadmau5 experience was definitely a fun experience. I received the beat, and when I received the beat in the studio – this is probably like one of my last songs I ever recorded. Everything was played around with and it became a track. It became probably one of the hottest dance tracks out right now to be honest.

Can you tell us one thing that most people don’t know about you?

One thing that people don’t know about me, probably the five sisters. A lot of people don’t know about that, but overall, I think a lot of people don’t know my musical background - about how I really got started. My dad being a DJ and my cousins putting me in the studio since day one or how I really got started, like me battling.
- Global Grind


"Josh Baze Gets A Golden Girl And A DeLorean In His 'She's Gold' Video Preview"

Remember when we hypothesized that Buzz On alum Josh Baze was about to become monstrously famous? Well, judging by how baller he looks in the sneak peek clip of his upcoming video, "She's Gold," we're confident we were right. Also, hair flip!

If you've forgotten (but don't let that happen again), we'll remind you that Josh Baze is a Brooklyn-bred MC whose debut album, Hi-Heels & Low-Lifes, has already won him throngs of devoted fans. What's more, Marisa Miller, supermodel and Sports Illustrated/Victoria's Secret goddess is such a Baze fan that she agreed to appear on the cover of his debut album in a corset and dangerously high heels. (See? Baller status.) Hi-Heels & Low-Lifes was produced by Griffin Guess, who's worked with Kanye West. And did we mention Josh has already performed on "Last Call With Carson Daly"? See? Balling out, no question.

Watch a sneak peek of Josh Baze's "She's Gold" video after the jump.

Since you're now probably obsessed/infatuated with Josh Baze, lucky for you we've got some exclusive footage from the set of Josh's "She's Gold" video. You're welcome! Shot at New York's famed Milk studios, the behind-the-scenes footage shows a totally tricked-out Josh spitting his verses in front of some awesome retro-looking boom boxes. We also get to meet Ms. Gold, (a totally hot model chick) and see her literally get painted, well, gold, with an incredible gold-painting-contraption-thingie. Oh, and did we mention he gets the girl AND the DeLorean? Because he gets both.

As with all sneak peeks, we're only left wanting more and dealing with our instant-gratification issues. Thankfully we don't have to wait too long since we'll be premiering Josh Baze's "She's Gold" video here on Buzzworthy soon, so stay tuned... and stay golden. - MTV Buzzworthy


"The Buzz On: Josh Baze"

We're pretty convinced that Josh Baze is about to become famous. terrifyingly famous. Kanye-famous. As evidenced by his brand-new debut album, Hi-Heels & Low-Lifes, Josh's flow is tight, his songs have more hooks than a commercial fishing boat, and if you couldn't tell by just looking at his face, Josh is a former model. Sold yet?

Born and raised in Brooklyn, Josh Baze credits his DJ dad for sparking his interest in music. He grew up in a house with four sisters (and hopefully more than one bathroom?), so Josh used to post up in his room where he'd write and record original material using an old PC and outdated version of Cool Edit Pro. That's called making the whack Windows 95 OS work to your advantage, dude.

+ Read more about Josh Baze after the jump.


Clearly Josh has come a long way since the days of his slow-ass PC computer. His debut, which calls up everything from Kanye's Graduation-era flow to J. Cole's bouncy, conversational tone to Trey Songz's panty-dropping vocal prowess, earned him a spot on last week's MTV2 "Sucker Free Countdown." And this past January, Josh's Hype Williams-directed video "We Made It" won mtvU's Freshman video of the week. (Yes, Hype Williams loves Josh Baze -- that's a real thing.) And he's already worked with Jamie Foxx.

If you're still not convinced Baze is about to blow, then let us alert you to the fact that Marisa Miller, supermodel and Sports Illustrated/Victoria's Secret goddess is such a Baze fan that she agreed to appear on the cover of his debut album in a corset and dangerously high heels. (Whuuuut?? TEAM BAZE!) And Hi-Heels & Low-Lifes was produced by Griffin Guess, who's worked with Kanye West (WHUUUUUT?), and Josh is slated to perform on "Last Call With Carson Daly" tomorrow night.

Baze's hit "We Made It" is an anthemic, pop-tinged hip-hop banger that speaks to Josh's humble upbringings and imminent successes: "Brooklyn!/We came a long way since BIG, huh?/Yeah, you know it's our time baby/We takin off/Do what you wanna/Came from being under/Now they all wonder/We made it!" We here at Buzzworthy feel it's safe to say you made it, dude. Probably time they appoint you the honorary mayor of Brooklyn, or something. - MTV Buzzworthy


"Josh Baze: Brooklyn Rapper Moves From Versace Model to Jamie Foxx Collaborator"

Brooklyn rapper Josh Baze is a new breed of MC, one who takes vocal cues from Kanye West and Ne-Yo equally, has a background as a Versace model, credits Playstation's "PaRappa the Rappa" with informing his storytelling and unabashedly praises the Backstreet Boys and 'N Sync in the same breath as Biggie and 'Pac.

The 21-year-old protege of former Kanye West associate Griffin Guess received a Hype Williams-directed visual for his first single, and his debut LP, Hi-Heels & Low Lifes, which hit shelves last week (March 20), features supermodel Marisa Miller on its cover artwork.

The BoomBox sat down with Baze while he prepped to shoot a segment for "Last Call with Carson Daly," which airs Thursday night (March 29), and quizzed him about his absence on XXL's 2012 Freshman Class cover, his lack of concern regarding his image as a rapper, and what his friends think about him palling around with supermodels and celebrities like Jamie Foxx.

Talk a little about your musical background. Your dad used to DJ, right?

Yeah, my dad used to spin at a spot in Harlem called Bishop Perry Hall, and different festivals and swap meets and stuff like that. He used to drag me along and have me watch him make an impact on people. To have him do that, and watch him spin tracks from "Last Night a DJ Saved My Life" by Indeep, to Kurtis Blow's tracks imprinted music on me at a young age. As I got older a lotta people was coming up, like Backstreet Boys and 'N Sync.

What did your dad think of them?

He didn't really. He's more of an old school dude, so he was like, "Man what is this? This is not music!" I started to really get into them, and of course Biggie and Jay-Z and Tupac, and a lot of hip-hop heads, so that also helped me map out different lanes, and inspired me to tell different stories and have different emotions and put more of a commercial sound to my music.

How old were you at that point?

He said I was about six years old when he started his first festival, and then when I started to get into the Backstreet Boys and all of that stuff, I was probably a good 12, 13. I remember it was Britney Spears who I had a crush on. That was when she was hot, like "...Baby One More Time," and stuff like that. When I started to get into the studio, I had to be about 16, 17. I started to play around with different video games just to make music more fun. I remember playing with [Playstation game] MTV Music Generator, which was basically a producing game, I remember [Playstation's] "Parappa the Rapper," which was a game that basically taught you how to rap, but still had storytelling in it. I was also watching different TV shows, like [MTV's] "Lyricist Lounge" show, that also helped me with my storytelling, alongside Jay-Z and Biggie and Andre [3000] and Tupac and all these other people. I basically used the studio as a scrap paper, and whatever the finished product was, that was basically my essay.

At the time I didn't really have money for the studio, it was probably like 40 bucks an hour, or something like that, I didn't have no job. I didn't have nothin'. I think I was like outta school at the time also, so I decided to go on Craigslist and do things, and at the same time stay fresh in the entertainment business. I would do like, modeling jobs and also do acting jobs, just things of that nature.

Listen to Josh Baze's "Peroxide"


What was the weirdest thing you did through Craigslist?

I remember I came to like, LES [in New York City] -- you know LES is more of a hippy area -- I remember I came to LES, it was around like 12 at night, and the guy was like, "Hey man, we have a few boxes that we need you to move in. Can you help us?" I tagged my friend along, and it wasn't a few boxes. It was probably like a good hundred boxes in there. And the people that was tellin' me to do it, they were more like strung out, crazy looking. So I was like, "Oh no, I don't think I should do this." But I ended up doing the job, and then I think I got paid real low, I think I got paid like 200 bucks or whatever, for like 12 hours. I was real tight. I think that was probably the weirdest, most upsetting thing I ever did as far as Craigslist, straight up.

So you get the money, you start putting together your studio...

I started up with just the mic, hooking it up from USB to the computer. It gave it a wack sound, but like I said, I used it as scrap paper. My father had equipment, and he was bringing stuff for me from other people, from his setup to mines, and that's how I learned to build my sound. It was just so good to roll over and record your feelings, or whatever you experienced the night before or that morning. It felt good.

And what did he think about the music you were making, was he encouraging?

When I first started, being from Brooklyn, New York, and having the people around me that I did, it was more of a "shoot 'em up, bang bang" music, it was more gritty, hardcore. I was basically following the leader, because that's what I thought people was into, and I thought that's what people wanted to hear. As I started to experience different things, going out to SoHo, New York and being in the city, I learned how to be more commercial, and at the same time, more raw. SoHo is a place where different people go to be inspired, because New York is like a rat race, so experiencing things like that was crazy.

So someone on the street says "Hey, do you want to be a model?" and next you're in a Versace ad. Now that you're a rapper, do you feel like that hurts your credibility?

No. I'm all about entertainment and building art overall, so I don't feel no type of way. I think everything will clash together and make a beautiful impact, not just on music, but in the entertainment business itself. On my behalf it looks wonderful, because it shows people that I'm unique, and I can do different things.

So your rap credibility isn't a concern?

I mean, image-wise? No. I'm an artist, you know? Thats why I tell people I'm a recording artist or I'm an artist, instead of just being a rapper or a hip-hop artist. That's one thing I separated myself from being when I started making commercial music.

Watch Josh Baze's "We Made It" Video:


So it doesn't matter to you that you're not included in XXL's 2012 Freshmen cover?

No, not at all. I mean, honestly I would rather make the cover by myself. I would rather make the cover as an artist, instead of me just being a hip-hop artist. I think art is a beautiful thing and being close-minded is just so boring.

How did you meet Marisa Miller and how did you get her on your album cover?

That's my manager Griffin Guess's wife.

Whoa!

Yeah. But she definitely showed support and came to my sessions, and loved my music, so she decided to jump on board. She was like, "Yo man, I really want to help you out and support you. I'm right behind you on this," and I said "OK, cool!" and next thing you know, she was all for it to shoot the album cover, which was photographed by Ben Watts. I worked with him before too, during the Versace shoot, so we all connected at one point.

Did he remember you?

Now he does! I shot that when I was 17. I'm 21 now. So I'm pretty sure he did a lot more things since then. That was weird, I was like [to Griffin] "Hey man, you know Ben?" He was like [drops voice] "Yeah man, I know Ben, how do you know him?" "He shot my Versace shoot!" But yeah, like I said, Marisa was definitely a great supporter behind this all, and she still is, and I'm really excited to see what the future holds for her, and I think we make a great team.

On your song "Where I Am," you say "I sacrificed so much to get where I am." What were you thinking about when you said that?

You know, at that time I didn't stay in school.

High school?

High school. I pushed everything out the way. I lost a lot of friends, I kicked them to the side. It wasn't because of this, of what was happening, but they wasn't supporting me musically, and I felt like I needed that support behind me. It was just a lotta things I sacrificed and pushed aside to go forward and help me be who I am today.

Listen to Josh Baze's Version of Deadmau5's "Ghosts 'n' Stuff"


What do your friends think about you hanging out with Marisa Miller and working with deamau5, the people that you started making music with?

A lot of people are stuck on the old school music, or the old school flow, or how raw the old school people were, but I feel like if I present that on tracks by deadmau5, and show people my ability and clash it with different genres, people would support that.

In the past you talked about collaborating with Lady Antebellum and Jamie Foxx, neither of whom made your album. What are your plans for those collaborations?

I didn't get a chance to work with Lady Antebellum, but I'm pretty sure in the near future we'll be able to cook up something. I think it'd be amazing to clash hip-hop with artists like them. I did have the pleasure to work with Jamie Foxx. I went to his house, we cooked up a lot of different things. It was amazing for him to bring me inside of his home, and create something together. I'm pretty sure in the near future you'll hear more, or see more of me and him. - AOL Music/The Boombox


Discography

Albums:
Hi-Heels & Low-Lifes (March 2012)

Singles:
We Made It (2011)
She's Gold (2012) - National radio airplay on Urban, Rhythmic and Top 40 stations #83 on Top40/Top200 charts as of 1/12/13. #3 Sirius XM 20 on 20, #18 Sirius XM Hits1Countdown.

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Bio

Since the release of breakthrough Hip Hop Artist Josh Baze's debut album "Hi-Heels & Low-Lifes", he's garnered rather impressive attention from appearances on Jimmy Kimmel Live, Wendy Williams and Last Call with Carson Daly, to his positioning on radio charts, the single "She's Gold" is currently No. 83 on the National Radio Top 200/Pop charts and #19 on the Sirius XM Hits1 Weekend Countdown.

Signed to CAA, Josh was direct support on the Ludacris, Childish Gambino CAMP and the 2Chainz/Meek Mill B.O.A.T.S tours in 2012.

Baze was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York just a few blocks from legendary rapper Biggie Smalls’ childhood home.

In Summer 2010, Baze connected with music producer Griffin Guess, who has worked with Hip-Hop masters such as Kanye West, Jay-Z, 50 Cent, Eminem and many others for marketing and music development since 2003. Baze officially signed under Guess’ label Cartel Records and in early 2011, flew to Los Angeles to record his debut album at the famous Paramount Recording Group. Baze’s talent sparked interest in key industry players, landing him prime real estate in the print edition of Entertainment Weekly along with numerous online write-ups in US Magazine, XXL, Complex, Vibe, MTV/VH1, and AOL Music.

Legendary Hip-Hop music video director/producer Hype Williams signed on to direct Baze’s music video for his single “We Made It.” It debuted as iTunes Video of the Week in November 2011 and voted MTVu’s Freshman Video of the Week, landing prime airplay on MTV.

Baze was invited in July 2011 to the GRAMMY Academy Headquarters as the first ever Hip-Hop artist for an exclusive meet & greet and private performance. ESPN also joined forces with Josh Baze integrating several tracks and videos into their daily news program SportsCenter.

Baze’s full album, Hi-Heels & Low-Lifes, dropped March 20, 2012, backed by an exclusive, promotional campaign with iTunes. Baze’s album flirts with the boundaries of music, pulling influences from Hip-Hop, Indie-Alt, Electronic and Rock genres. Even more notable is Baze’s lyrical vigor, comparable to that of Jay-Z and Kanye West.

Josh Baze made his promotional talk show rounds in early March 2012 including visits to Jimmy Kimmel Live, Last Call with Carson Daly, Sucker Free Daily Countdown and Wendy Williams followed by a headlining act at the MLB Fan Cave in New York in May.

During Summer 2012, Baze’s single She’s Gold was added into national radio rotation in Top 40, Urban and Rhythmic genres. In 2012, iHeart Radio named Josh Baze "Artist to Know."