Outsidaz

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Outsidaz
Outsidaz-01.jpg
Outsidaz in 2001
Background information
Also known as
  • Da Outsidaz
  • The Outsidaz
Origin Newark, New Jersey, United States
Genres
Years active 1991–2003[1]
Labels
Associated acts
Past members Axe
Az-Izz
Bizarre
Bskills
Bugz
D.U.
Denzy
DJ Muhammed
DJ Spunk
Eminem
Loon One
Nawshis
Pace Won
Rah Digga
S.Coop
Slang Ton
Yah Yah
Young Zee

The Outsidaz was an American hip hop collective from Newark, New Jersey, perhaps best known through their affiliation with fellow New York-area rappers, the Fugees, and Detroit-area rappers D12.

History[edit]

The group formed in 1991 after underground rappers Young Zee (born Dewayne Battle), met D.U. (born Brian Bostic) and Pacewon (born Jerome Hinds) at a New Year's Eve party. At the time they met, Young Zee and Pacewon were rival MCs. Pacewon & D.U. were members of a crew named PNS, while Zee headed a crew named Pskitzo with members Anthony D. Ore (aka Maddfile) and Augustus C. Battle (aka A-Form). They decided to unite into one group called the Outsidaz, following a lengthy microphone battle that it was decided ended in a tie.

Along with Pacewon, D.U. and Young Zee, the Outsidaz consisted of Axe (born Tyree Smith), Az Izz (born Aubrey King),[2] DJ Muhammed (real name Muhammed Ali), Denzy (born Denton Dawes), Loon One, DJ Spunk (born Aubrey Polk), S. Coop (born Larry Cooper), Nawshis (born Nathaniel Longchamp), Rah Digga (born Rashia Fisher), the late Slang Ton (real name Salih Ibn Al Bayyinah Scaife, died in 1999), Bskills and Yah Yah (born Shakir Nur-al-din Abdullah).[3]

The Outsidaz are affiliated with the Refugee Camp, and made their first commercial appearance as guest artists on the song "Cowboys" off the Fugees multi-platinum second LP The Score. They were also affiliated with Detroit-based rap collective D12, collaborating with them on different projects. D12 member Eminem shouts out the Outsidaz at the end of the song "Just Don't Give a Fuck", in the beginning of "Cum On Everybody", and in the song "As the World Turns", all of which were recorded on his major-label solo debut The Slim Shady LP. He also acknowledges them in a track titled "Till Hell Freezes Over" which was intended to be on the album. A rift developed between Eminem and Tha Outsidaz when Young Zee and Pace Won each recorded verses alongside Bizarre for the 'Amityville' track on Eminem's major label sophomore, The Marshall Mathers LP. Dr. Dre complained that Eminem had too many guests on the album, so Pace Won and Young Zee's verses were removed from the track. In a 2015 interview, Pace Won indicated that the original version of the track was probably permanently erased, and as yet, this would appear to be the case, as it has not yet emerged from the vaults.[4] Eminem's Shady Records label recently released Shady XV, a compilation album which featured a track titled, "Fine Line" by Eminem. On the song, he spits a verse showing his appreciation for the group (specifically Pacewon and Young Zee).

Aftermath[edit]

Pace Won appeared on Morcheeba's 2002 album, Charango. He appeared on the title track, in addition to "Get Along".

In 2008, Pacewon collaborated with New Jersey producer Mr. Green on The Only Color That Matters Is Green. The first single was "Hip Hop". In 2009, Young Zee appeared on Chicago rappers Saurus and Bones' debut album, Mind Like Mine on the song "Let The Trumpets Blow".

In 2011, Young Zee and Pacewon appeared on the Jedi Mind Tricks album Violence Begets Violence on the song "Design In Malice." The following year, Pacewon and Mr. Green appeared on the song "Get at Me" from St. Cule's album, American Beef. That July, Young Zee and Mr. Green released a collaborative album titled "One Crazy Weekend" featured Pacewon, Rah Digga, Yah Yah, D.U., and Zee’s son, Krash Battle.[5]

In 2015, Pacewon & Denzy, along with DJ Scob, Ill Proceeja, S-Ka-Paid, and Thomas Wlodarczyk formed The Shady Corps, the Eminem tribute hip hop group, and released one studio album via Pace's Team Won Inc.[6]

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

Year Album Chart Positions
US Hip-Hop US Heatseekers
2000 Night Life 67 19
2001 The Bricks 68 48

Singles[edit]

  • "Rain or Shine" (1998)
  • "The Rah Rah" (1999)
  • "Macosa/Do It With a Passion" (1999)
  • "Keep On/Done in the Game" (2001)
  • "Who U Be?" (2001)
  • "Ya Can't" (2001)
  • "Public Enemy #1" (2001)
  • "I Want Her Out" (2001)
  • "I'm Leavin'" (2002)
  • "Sour 'n' Juice (feat. Pacewon & G-Smoke)" (2012)

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