The Beltzhoover neighborhood made national news in May when 40 individuals were indicted on federal drug distribution charges. The Organized Crime and Drug Enforcement Task Force bust introduced the southern section of Pittsburgh to the rest of America as a hotbed for heroin.
That FBI/DEA raid painted Pittsburgh in a much different light than the music presented by party rappers Wiz Khalifa and Mac Miller. Cuts like Wiz’s “Black And Yellow” and Mac’s “Piffsburg” show the Steel City from the perspective of a weed smoker, but another hometown rapper is offering a side of the city seen by the users and dealers of smack.
Gary “J-Haze” Brown’s upcoming project Heroin Habits is being described as a “based-on-true-events” chronicle covering the street life in Pittsburgh. The album is J-Haze’s first official release since signing with Los Angeles rhymer Glasses Malone’s Division Media Company in 2013.
In addition to Heroin Habits, J-Haze is set to drop Views From Beltzhoover on the same date. The ode to his South Zhoove hood is a collection of older tunes remastered and repackaged. The 1-2 punch of Habits and Views is a way to enlighten the public about both the past and present of the J-Haze brand and the area of Pennsylvania that birthed him.
J-Haze spoke with AllHipHop.com about his forthcoming works. He also addressed representing for Pittsburgh, making street-oriented rap, and bringing art back to Hip Hop.
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