As I re-listen to this AZ "Doe or Die" album awaiting the concert this Friday, I really had to take a step back and be proud of my homies. In a few short weeks, with a few timely conversations and events, they're showing the general public what we've known all along. They recently welcomed Oddisee to Richmond to a sold out crowd, interviewed him and the legend Bobbito Garcia. Now they are about to welcome AZ into town. This isn't some fluke though, that guy Mr. Cheats, he knows what he's doing. If you want to know what's going on in Richmond, politically, socially or musically he's the man to talk to. So it comes as no surprise that he's assembled a collection of his friends, musicians and passionate fans alike that dictate what goes on in the RVA hip hop scene. Anyways, I could ramble on, but it's only appropriate a crew like that welcomes an artist like AZ to town. A casual hip hop fan would say he just accompanied Nas on a few tracks but he's actually a legend in his own right, who had an uncompromising style that never pandered to the mainstream crowd. If you don't believe my words, watch the recent documentary on BET, in which his album is analyzed and praised by his own peers. If Raekwon, Nas and Foxy Brown shouting you out isn't enough, Rakim is the one narrating his story and that speaks volumes. This Friday, Karmalifee has the privilege of covering the Richmond leg of AZ's Doe or Die 20th Anniversary Tour with DJ Doo Wop. Make sure you're in the building, supporting the right people building up the community, get your tickets here.