Showbiz and A.G.
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|Showbiz & A.G.|
|Origin||The Bronx, New York|
|Associated acts||Lord Finesse, Diamond D, Fat Joe, DJ Koss, DeShawn O.C., Buckwild, Big L|
Showbiz (Rodney Lemay)|
A.G. (Andre Barnes)
Showbiz and A.G. (also known as Show and A.G.) are an American hip hop duo from The Bronx, New York City. Showbiz is a producer and A.G. (short for André the Giant) is a rapper. The two debuted on Lord Finesse's Funky Technician album in 1990. Show and A.G. are members of the Diggin' in the Crates Crew (D.I.T.C.) along with Lord Finesse, Diamond D, Fat Joe, O.C., Buckwild and the late Big L.
The duo's first release was an EP titled Soul Clap, released in 1992, also known as Showbiz & A.G. They released their debut album, Runaway Slave, the same year. A short version of their track "Soul Clap" was included on the album, as well as past recordings such as "Catchin' Wreck" and "Party Groove". The posse cut "Represent" featured the first album appearance of rapper Big L. Other album guests included Black Sheep's Dres, Diamond D, Lord Finesse and Deshawn. In 1993, Showbiz became popular for producing KRS-One's single Sound of da Police.
In 1994, Showbiz & A.G. made a guest appearance on Black Sheep's second album Non-Fiction, on the track "E.F.F.E.C.T.". Showbiz soon shortened his name to Show, changing the group name to Show & A.G. Their 1995 album, Goodfellas, featured a darker sound than their debut. Guest artists on the LP included D-Flow, Lord Finesse, DJ Premier, Roc Raida, Dres, Method Man and Diamond D. The most successful song from the album was DJ Premier's Nyte Time Remix to the track "Next Level".
Following the release of Full Scale (EP) in 1998, the duo stopped releasing records and began concentrating on their work with D.I.T.C. as well as solo projects. In 1999, A.G. released his solo debut, The Dirty Version, which featured guest production from Show, Lord Finesse, Buckwild, Diamond D and DJ Premier. Guest MC's included Ghetto Dwellas heavily as well as Fat Joe, Diamond D, O.C., Guru, KRS-One and Big Pun.
In 2000, Show & A.G. teamed up with the other members of D.I.T.C. and released their self-titled group album on Tommy Boy Records. Show was one of the executive producers of the project as well as producing the tracks "Get Yours", "Where You At", "Way Of Life", "Drop It Heavy", "Weekend Nights" and "Stand Strong". A.G. appeared on the songs "Thick", "Day One", "Foundation", "Drop It Heavy", "Stand Strong", "Weekend Nights" and "Tribute", a track made in memory of Big L, who was murdered in 1999.
After a hiatus between the release of the D.I.T.C. album and 2005, Show released his first solo album Street Talk (D.I.T.C.) in November 2005. The album featured 18 new tracks performed by the likes of O.C., Party Arty, Milano, Fat Joe, Sean Price, Big Punisher and Big L over Show's productions. It also saw A.G. and Show reunite as A.G. was featured on 2 of the album's songs, "Chase Game" and "You Ain't A Killer".
A.G.'s second solo album for Look Records titled Get Dirty Radio, released October 31, 2006. A.G.'s Infected Intertainment and Record Label is currently celebrating the 15th Anniversary of the release of Showbiz & AG's "Runaway Slave" LP, one of Billboard's Top Ten Underground LP's.
In 2007, they released a new EP entitled Live Hard on DITC Records, their first new material in nearly a decade.
O.C. and A.G. released a collaborative album called Oasis in 2009. The first single "2 For The Money" featured cuts by DJ Premier and production by Showbiz.
Showbiz and A.G.
|The Dirty Version
|Get Dirty Radio
|Oasis (with O.C.)
|Untitled album featuring Snowgoons
|Live from Amsterdam
- Klosowski, Thorin (2010-04-01). "Deferred Hat Tip: Runaway Slave by Showbiz and A.G." Westword. Retrieved 2017-12-29.