Meet ASN, A Local 7 Union Iron Worker at the time of the recordings. A father of three. Not the gangster rappers we are so used to hearing. Not a drug dealer. This is the 'everyday working man'.
Twenty-four year old ASN, started rapping before the age of twelve, selling tapes for $5 in elementary school. Producing beats by his Freshman year in high-school. Dropping his entirely self-recorded, written, recorded, mixed, mastered and produced album at the age of twenty and playing his own street team with it.
ASN has performed in countless shows and battles all across New England with some of the most relevant names out of Massachusetts. He has been featured on mix tapes along side Jay Z, Nas, Lil' Wayne, Kanye West, Fabolous, Immortal Technique, Joe Budden and Jae Millz. He became one of the only regularly booked hip hop acts with Good Vibes Only's monthly R&B nights with SonsOfSam (BET, American Idol, Urban Music Award winner), Crystallite and Kay Biggs 57. As time passes, the list of accomplishments just continues to grow.
This past June ASN released his studio debut 'The Evolution' which featured Roxbury native, hip hop veteran Edo G, up and coming R&B sensation Lee Wilson (BET, MTV, The Vibe), super-producer J. Cardim (Fat Joe, Saigon, Sheik Louch & Mims. Also winner of the M.I.C. Producer of the Year Award), Raf Moses (Jake the Snake, Ed Rock, G Eyez), Eddie Bones of the Skitzofrenikz (Terminology, Ed Rock), Mike Bishop, Micide and T Bes.
Where the album truly shines is in it's content. This album is ASN's real life. From his troubled past to his bright hopes for the future as well all of the struggles in between, ASN drops a very well-rounded project. Finally something for people to relate who don't want to settle for living the 'street life'. This is hip hop for the majority of us who haven't ever killed anybody and don't plan to. The people who struggle to pay the bills and don't turn to robbery or slinging drugs. Despite his checkered past, ASN. speaks of the pain associated with his friends' addictions, the trouble of violence today, and his desires for the better. But just as with the seriousness of everyday life, ASN. is well aware of the need to forget about it all for a while and just have a good time as he does on '24 Six', 'Fantasy', the up-tempo 'Young Mamaz', and 'Happy Hoes'.
Soulful beats, a broad spectrum of subject matter, introspectivet lyrics and an agile flow show that A.S.N. has progressed very far in his own evolution, both musically and mentally. Say good-bye to filler lines and the separation of the banging beat and the relevant lyricist. Hip hop has evolved. Say hello to ASN.