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Aztech | Reel Drama Presents: The Dusty Stereo

Self-released (2009)
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  February 3, 2009
3.5 3.5 Stars


Here at Phoenix headquarters we get at least a half-dozen local rap discs every week. Some have one or two ringers buried beneath the usual inaudible rubble, a few have compelling samples, and maybe three in 30 are mixed well. Of this year's batch so far, Aztech's Dusty Stereo is the anomaly. 

In 17 memorable tracks the North Shore MC makes as strong a case as ever for reviewers to check every slim-case demo that shows up on their doorsteps. Relying on his own skills, as well as on those of known locals such as Lateb, Grime, and Ripshop and promising unknowns like the explosive Eroc sound-alike Ethah, Aztech has the rhyme department blanketed.

There's not much subject matter other than his love for hip-hop, but homeboy sprinkles enough didactic nuggets to render his message relevant. Most impressive, however, is the beat selection; beyond the few industry jacks, Dusty Stereo is ablaze with tight sample-tastic production peaking on the super soulful "Empty World" with Seek and Relentless. On "Remain," Aztech rhymes that his goal was to "make a new track and ask Faraone his feedback." Well — I think it's dope. Not just because of the shout-out, but that always helps.

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Re: Aztech | Reel Drama Presents: The Dusty Stereo
Aztech, I'm a fan of. Nice to see the review and that the shoutout got noticed. Never hurts especially when the music is good.Sat. April 11th Aztech performs with his crew GutterHeads, Oak Lonetree, Graveyard BBQ,  Prospect Hill, The AndWutz and The Organ Beats (featuring Noelle of Damone) a night of the best local rock and hiphop together for one night to benefit MassCann/NORML and the Boston Freedom Rally which is Sat. Sept 19th this year, the 20th annual and most of these acts will likely return to play at it.   
By bostonfreedomrally on 02/04/2009 at 4:36:01
Re: Aztech | Reel Drama Presents: The Dusty Stereo
 I have seen this artist perform in Revere before. Yes, I agree with the writter of this article. Aztech is what's happening for 2009. He has the looks, stage performance, lyrics, and beats are hot.  Check him out on myspace too. I will let you make your own decision..... That fire!!!!  
By VTEQ02124 on 02/08/2009 at 10:40:50

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