Happy Birthday Bad Azz and R.I.P.
Updated: Dec 18, 2019
Today, November 27st, 2019 would have been the day that Jamarr Antonio Stamps aka Bad Azz would have celebrated his 44th birthday but unfortunately, he sadly passed away 2 weeks ago on November 11th, 2019. Bad Azz was born in Hawaiian Gardens, California, and before he entered the big stage of hip-hop, he began rapping at house parties. In 1992, Bad Azz met Snoop Dogg and they became good friends due to their love for music, which led Bad Azz being around Snoop and Tha Dogg Pound before even recording with them. When Bad Azz reached the age of 18 years old, Snoop was able to get him a record deal on Death Row. With the help of Snoop, Bad Azz joined the group, The LBC Crew which composed of Bad Azz, Techniec and Lil C-Style in 1994. When Stamps first appeared on 2 Pac's song "Krazy" from the album The Don Killuminati: The 7 Day Theory, 2 Pac wanted to sign Bad Azz to his record label, Makaveli Records, unfortunately, Shakur passed away, so it never happened but Bad Azz alongside with The LBC Crew signed to Snoop Dogg's Doggystyle Records and Death Row Records.
R.I.P. 2PAC & BAD AZZ
With the LBC Crew, they released their single "Beware Of My Crew" featuring Tray Deee for the movie soundtrack of A Thin Line Between Love and Hate and their first album project Haven't U Heard but this album was unreleased until September 8th, 2011 due to Death Row conflicts. They were later featured on Snoop Dogg's second album Tha Doggfather, in two songs, "Gold Rush" and "Blueberry" in 1997. Bad Azz also made another appearance on other records such as the song "Santa Clause Goes Straight To The Ghetto" with Snoop Dogg, Daz Dillinger, Nate Dogg and Tray Deee on the album, Christmas on Death Row, Warren G's "What We Go Through" featuring Mr. Malik and Perfec, and a couple of songs in Daz Dillinger's first solo album Retaliation, Revenge and Get Back. After the death of 2Pac Shakur and Suge Knight going to jail, it led to the fallout of the label Death Row Records, which caused the breakup of The LBC Crew. With his unique rapping technique and his Long Beach affiliation, Baz Azz was considered an original member of Tha Dogg Pound Gangsta Crip, (D.P.G.C.), alongside the other members of the LBC Crew, Tha Dogg Pound, Snoop Dogg, Soopafly, Nate Dogg, The Lady of Rage, and many others. In 1998, Bad Azz signed a record deal with Priority Records and released his first album, Word On Tha Streets on September 28th, 1998 with featuring guests Snoop Dogg, Kurupt, The Lady of Rage, Tray Deee and others. The album was supported by the single "We Be Puttin' It Down" featuring Snoop Dogg.
Later on in his career, Baz Azz has collaborated with other rappers, such as Tha Eastsidaz, Spice 1, Mac Dre, Soopafly, and others. Bad Azz was mostly associated and did contributions songs with West Coast rappers. On March 20th, 2000, he and former LBC Crew member Techniec appeared on the song "You Ain't Hard" from the album WWF Aggression representing The New Age Outlaws. On July 17th, 2001, Bad Azz released his second album Personal Business under Doggystyle Records and Priority Records. It features a lot of rappers such as Snoop Dogg, Ice Cube, Busta Rhymes, Tha Dogg Pound, Kokane, and many more. The single of the album called "Wrong Idea" featuring Snoop Dogg, Kokane, and Lil' Half Dead, and the song is not only considered as Bad Azz biggest hit, but also a Westcoast classic. Snoop Dogg also put the song on his 5th album Tha Last Meal, to give the song more exposure. Bad Azz also released two other albums, Money Run on March 11th, 2003 and Executive Decision in 2004. He also released a collaborative album with Bone Thugs N Harmony member Bizzy Bone called Thug Pound, and Bad Azz released one last album called The Nu Adventures of Bad Azz in 2018.
Bad Azz wasn't maybe well known in the mainstream hip-hop industry but if you go to California, a lot of Westcoast fans have a lot of love for Bad Azz. He was actively rapping mostly in the Westcoast. Throughout his life and career, Bad Azz had a lot of love and cared for his friends like Snoop Dogg, 2 Pac, Daz & Kurupt, the whole DPGC family, DJ Quik, Spice 1, Bone Thugs-N-Harmony and many more. It's sad that we had to lose another brother this year. Happy birthday Baz Azz and Rest in Power!