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Artist Profile: Haziq Ali

Posted on: August 4, 2009

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Can music have a message and still move the crowd? It’s an age-old question in rap. And while some have their doubts, D.C. rapper Haziq Ali knows it’s possible. Already, along with his business partner-in-rhyme Tabi Bonney, this innovative wordsmith is forging a new rap renaissance built on thoughtful lyrics that dont abandon hot beats and party anthems, the bedrock of successful contemporary rap music. “I’m really tryin’ to be that perfect mixture between the streets and the spirit, somebody called what I make ‘U-Can-Do-It! Music’, & i loved that… with so much going on in the world, people deserve to be inspired”, he says.

Ali, who currently splits his time between D.C., and Atlanta, wants to push rap’s boundaries in other ways, too. While recognizing that sampling has been an important staple of rap–and has played a key role in its success–Ali wants to create more opportunities for live musicians in the genre. This live sound, popular in the south, is a key element to his emerging sound. He says: “I want to combine down south musical sensibilities with up north-East Coast lyricism and word play.”

If there is one rap tradition Ali has followed wholeheartedly without hesitation it’s performing live. From New York City to North Carolina to Atlanta, Ali has honed his skills at dozens of battles, open mics, and other live shows–including shows, tours, & appearances with 50 cent, Killer Mike, Kanye West, Dead Prez, and more. Haziq’s uncomparable delivery has also captured the ear of music lovers worldwide through heavy circulation on the hottest mixtapes by DJ Rondevu, DJ Scream and Big Mike among other heavyweight notables.

Ali has quickly built an audience hungry for his clever motivational rhymes and crisp delivery beginning in Tallahassee, Florida while enrolled as a Business student at Florida A&M University. The label he started had it’s 1st independent release “Unforgettable” quickly top the charts in radioplay and swept through the southeast. The phenomenon is set to continue in both present day Atlanta and DC as the upcoming album, Business Is Good, boasts production by SKI, who has produced tracks for Jay-Z, Nature, Nas, and Lil’Kim, and Tahir of Dead Prez fame. So how did he get hooked up with such high profile assistance? Ghostwriting for other, higher profile, artists. When the big boys come callin’ for help, thats a sure sign there’s firepower in the arsenal.

Haziq Ali is also a co-owner of CoolKids Forever Films,THC Consulting and the retail music chain, Indimixx.

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http://www.HaZiQaLi.comHaZiQ aLi
www.myspace.com/therhymehttp://www.myspace.com/therhyme
twitter.com/HaZiQtwitter.com/HaZiQ
youtube/TheHaziq$howyoutube/TheHaziq$how

They say it’s hard but it’s fair so to me it’s fun/
But if you think Freedom free- u aint free you dumb
-HaZiQ “Business Is Good” the debut album…coming soon!

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