HEAVEN HOP RISEN DOCUMENTARY OF CHRON HELLRAZAH SMITH COMING SOON

Most of today’s hip-hop artists grew up listening to Wu-Tang Clan, but how many grew up rapping with them? Hell Razah, for one. The Brooklyn-bred MC spent his teenage years under the Clan’s tutelage as a member of Wu offshoot Sunz of Man, sharpening his lyrical sword alongside older MCs like GZA, Ghostface, and Killah Priest during the Clan’s glorious 90s heyday. After three Sunz of Man albums and countless guest appearances and collaborations, Razah released his acclaimed debut The Renaissance in 2007, and Nature Sounds now presents his long-awaited follow-up, Heaven Razah.Since releasing his first solo mixtape in 2001, Hell Razah has become one of the most prolific artists in hip-hop’s underground. He’s released collaborative albums with Wu-Tang producer 4th Disciple and Babygrande Records production team Blue Sky Black Death, and has been an active member of a remarkable number of groups, most notably the underground supergroup Black Market Militia (along with Killah Priest, Tragedy Khadafi, and Timbo King), the Brooklyn-repping duo T.H.U.G. Angelz (along with Shabazz The Disciple), and various incarnations of Sunz of Man.While Razah enjoys collaborating with his peers, he held off on guest spots for Heaven Razah, with only R.A. The Rugged Man, Timbo, and Shabazz making appearances. “I wanted to show that I can hold my own,” he explains. “To me, features look like mixtapes. If you go back and look at classic albums like Illmatic, there weren’t a lot of features.” Crafting a classic album by oneself is no easy task, but Razah was up to the challenge. “I participated with everything on this album. I did a lot of the co-production,wrote...

Wu-Tang Clan Affiliate Subject Of Upcoming Documentary: Risen: The Story of Chron “Hell Razah” Smith

Wu-Tang Clan Affiliate Subject Of Upcoming Documentary: Risen: The Story of Chron “Hell Razah” Smith Wu Tang Clan affiliate Hell Razah has always been a heralded MC, known for his sharp lyrics and intricate flow. A founding member of the group Sunz Of Man — who tackled the Billboard Top 20 with their 1998 remake of “Shining Star” alongside Earth Wind & Fire, Wyclef and Ol’ Dirty Bastard — Razah was discovered and mentored at 14 years old by Wu Tang leader RZA and groomed for success. Later dubbed “Heaven Razah” when he went solo in the mid-2000s, the rising, young MC made headlines when he as struck with a brain aneurysm in 2010. As a result of this tragedy, Hell Razah has spent the last 5 years slowly recovering from this near-fatal incident, which left him in a coma and unable to use his left side. As Razah has been struggling to learn how to walk, talk and rhyme again, filmmaker Frank Meyer has been documenting his journey every step of the way. The Director and Hell Razah go way back, as Meyer was Sunz of Man’s publicist back in 1997, and he filmed Razah for his G4tv web series Freestyle 101, which featured Ice-T, The Game, Mobb Deep, Fat Joe, Cypress Hill, and was recognized by Steve Jobs at an Apple podcasting conference. The resulting documentary film Risen: The Story of Chron “Hell Razah” Smith is the result of 5 years of filming, and 17 years of friendship. “Razah’s story is one everyone can relate to,” says Meyer. “He was a talented kid from the streets who...
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