Oasis (O.C. & A.G. album)

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Oasis: Together Brothers
Studio album by O.C. & A.G.
Released November 24, 2009
Recorded 2007 – 2009
Genre Hip hop
Length 58:02
Label Nature Sounds
NSD134
Producer D.I.T.C. (exec.)
Dev 1 (exec.)
E-Blaze
Show
Lord Finesse
Statik Selektah
O.C. & A.G. chronology
The Movement
(2008)
Oasis
(2009)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
HipHopDX 4/5 stars[1]
RapReviews.com 8/10 stars[2]

Oasis is the first collaboration album by New York rappers O.C. and A.G., both members of the D.I.T.C. crew.[3] The album was released on November 24, 2009, through a joint venture between Nature Sounds and D.I.T.C. Records, after several pushbacks dating as far back as the spring of 2008. The album was first premiered in its entirety on the duo's Myspace a week before the official release.[4]

Sound[edit]

"Musically, it’s by the same producers so it’s gonna have the same type of feel. But it’s different because on the joints I think our message also sets the tone. Like, we are that last instrument. And we tried to do that intentionally on the project. It’s a lot of melodies on the project. It’s a lot of things like… We brought the best out of each other I think. Like, O brought the best out of me. I’ve learned at this stage of my game, “Oh, this is how you attack something like that when you wanna attack it with some melody…” ‘Cause I definitely know O specializes in that. So, I think we gained a lot from each other and learned when we go on and do our next project, “Oh, I could add this to my shit. This is somethin’ I learned from my cohort, my partna.” So that’s dope. And a lot of that is reflected in the music, how we feed off of each other.", said AG.[5]

Production & Guests[edit]

Oasis production is mainly handled in house in true D.I.T.C. fashion, Showbiz and Lord Finesse contribute 7 tracks added up while newcomer Erick Blaze have production duties on 8 of the 17 cuts.[6] E. Blaze previously worked with O.C. and A.G. on The Movement and Show & AG's Live Hard, both released in 2008. Guests are kept to a minimum, a female singer named Mirror Image sings the choruses on "Get Away" and "Pain" while DJ Premier lay down cuts and scratches for the 1st single, Two For The Money".

"...And I think that’s what you might hear separating it from The Movement, because this is a concentrated effort of O.C. and A.G.…more so than any other project because you hear us here and there. This is constantly us. There is no features on there. It’s just us." explains A.G. in an interview.[5]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Producer(s) Length
1. "Oasis"   Statik Selektah 3:08
2. "Keep It Goin'"   E-Blaze 4:00
3. "Give It Back"   Lord Finesse,
Davel "Bo" McKenzie
3:26
4. "Alpha Males"   Lord Finesse,
Davel "Bo" McKenzie
3:42
5. "Young With Style"   Show & KC 3:19
6. "Every Day Life"   E-Blaze 3:34
7. "Think About It"   E-Blaze 2:36
8. "Gotta Get It"   E-Blaze 3:31
9. "Put It In The Box"   E-Blaze 3:34
10. "Boom Bap"   Show 3:06
11. "Reality Is"   E-Blaze 3:02
12. "Contagious"   E-Blaze 3:21
13. "Supreme Squad"   Show 3:33
14. "God's Gift"   E-Blaze 3:36
15. "Get Away" (ft. Mirror Image) Lord Finesse,
Davel "Bo" McKenzie
5:00
16. "Two For The Money" (cuts by DJ Premier) Show 2:17
17. "Pain" (ft. Mirror Image) Amed 3:10

References[edit]

  1. ^ HipHopDX review
  2. ^ RapReviews.com review
  3. ^ OC & AG interview [1]", HipHopDX.com
  4. ^ OC & AG @ Myspace [2]", Myspace.com
  5. ^ a b "The Last Ones Left [3]", HipHopDX
  6. ^ OC & AG @ Discogs [4]", Discogs.com