lazrus

lazrus

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Artists have original angles,views and sounds in HipHop,BUT DO THEY REALLY? Listening to Lazrus youll understand why most are wrong in those statements! Try and put him in a box or label him...It just cant be done.The sound is unique,the message powerful, the music is totally and utterly infectious.

Biography

LAZRUS BIOGRAPHY

Approaching from the more conscious side of Hip Hop, NZ born Lazrus is an experienced and charismatic MC with both local and international experience.

From breakdancing competitions in primary school and DJing at the age of 15, to performing live on stage with The Pharcyde in London and at Party in the Park (Leeds, England) to over 35,000 people – Lazrus has breathed Hip Hop for two thirds of his life.

As an experienced songwriter, Lazrus was employed by an independent UK label to co-write songs for artists on their roster alongside US funk legend Menace (Parliament, Funkadelic, Whitney Houston). It was here that the window of opportunity arose to play other gigs including half-time at an F.A. Cup football match to a crowd of more that 12,000 people, and alongside groups like Blue, Gay Dad and The Streets at the aforementioned Party in the Park.

Recently returned after an eight-year musical hiatus in the UK, Lazrus arrived back in NZ in 2003 full of fresh ideas and a wealth of music and life experience.

The skills and understanding that Lazrus gained from his international sojourn proved valuable, as it wasn’t long after touching down in his homeland that Lazrus received funding for his debut single, the memorable and captivating, ‘Scribble’. Produced by Greg Haver (Manic Street Preachers, Super Furry Animals, The Lost Prophets), the track was also given the remix treatment by Chris Macro (Dubious Bros).

The video for ‘Scribble’, directed by Stephen Baker (Fish ‘n’ Clips) gained support from key local media, television and radio and ‘Scribble’ was nominated for ‘Best Solo Video’ at the 2004 Juice TV Awards. The single has also been licensed to a Warner Music Australian compilation entitled ‘Street Beatz’, cited for release early 2005.

Lazrus has now received a second single and video grant from NZ on Air for sophomore release ‘Infinite Boxes’. “A song about love lost and found again”, ‘Infinite Boxes’ will be serviced to radio in November, with a video delivered shortly after.

A diverse artist, Lazrus is a skilful performer whose influences come mostly from New York and Philadelphia based artists including The Pharcyde/The Roots/Mos Def/Talib Kweli/Dead Prez/Slum Village/A Tribe Called Quest/ and early De La Soul, as well as the writings of authors like David Icke!

“My Music is about love, politics and the world around me…. It’s just my philosophies”

Lazrus has performed and appeared on many shows including, Top of the Pops, C4, Juice TV, The Grey Lynn Park Festival and 2004's Big Day Out with Ned Roy, (who is also Lazrus’ live DJ).

Lyrics

Infinite Boxes

Written By: Lazrus

Verse 1
Life gotta way to kick you in the pants
The only thing to stop you cryin is to dance
Recalling every niggle, feet planted make a stance
And that’s not boogie, and it aint true romance
Or so she say, dear john, via email
Cost a dollar, internet café, tears like hail
And its raining outside and pain on the inner
Friends say I got it all but do I feel like a winner (nup)
Part of me missing 50% in fact
My hearts a car crash with the rest intact
Yes im the average man never in touch
When feelings deep down get stuck like clutch
And the daily grind, grinds down as such
Don’t pass the dutch no more, I miss you much
Feel like Janet Jackson, Joni Mitchell
You don’t know what you’ve lost till it hits you

YOU DON’T KNOW WHAT YOU’VE LOST TILL IT HITS YOU x 2
YOU DON’T KNOW WHAT YOU MISS TILL IT MISS YOU
SOMEBODY PASS ME A TISSUE
INFINITE BOXES TO GET OVER YOU

Verse 2
My hearts like generous pockets empty
She was like angels sent me (correct)
Type of woman, turn your life around
With positives for days, lift you out of a down
In returning favors, princess deserve a crown
Type of woman above words above the noun
Above thee above average, elite and so sweet
Anorexia lover till she forced me to eat
Drink from her cup, rope me in addict me
But when a man cant be loved, fat chance, chubb see
I was insecure(ity), she was just hurting see
Going around, coming around, and karma is a bitch with a capital B
I fucked it up, leaving us so lonely
So guilty, that I start to choke
Gave up paranoia that was in the smoke
Relationships no puff – puff, its only give
Regardless if I have her, it’s a better way to live
Regardless if I have her, it’s a better way to live
I said regardless if I have her, it’s a better way to live

YOU DON’T KNOW WHAT YOU’VE LOST TILL IT HITS YOU x 2
YOU DON’T KNOW WHAT YOU MISS TILL IT MISS YOU
SOMEBODY PASS ME A TISSUE
INFINITE BOXES TO GET OVER YOU

Verse 3
Your guess as good as mine, what the future hold
If you’d asked in past my perceptions gold
If I miss read, fish fed, the waters cold
Since you left me own my own
The road of lifes like cricket stumps
I should have been a wicket keeper, when it bumps you lumps you
Not cause extra pain and grief
Can a leopard change spots, can a man turn a leaf
Nothing impossible, lifes got you lost a lil’
There when and if you need help is a syllable
Sit near the window cill, cleeshays, paradoxes
Its gonna take a shit load if boxes

YOU DON’T KNOW WHAT YOU’VE LOST TILL IT HITS YOU x 2
YOU DON’T KNOW WHAT YOU MISS TILL IT MISS YOU
SOMEBODY PASS ME A TISSUE
INFINITE BOXES TO GET OVER YOU

Discography

Lazrus is currently being played on a number of radio stations with nationwide coverage in New Zealand, and his 2 music videos for 'Scribble' and 'Infinite Boxes' are able to be viewed via webstreaming on www.amplifier.co.nz

Set List

Scribble/Pigs fly/MC negligence/Getting nowhere/Seesaw/Edge of ya seat/Though I need my soul/Bichslapu/Infinite boxes
Sets can be adjusted from 1 song to 1 hour sets, depending on the logistics of the gig.