Lazarus in the Ring With Royce da 5′ 9″?

Lazarus is having one of the best years of his music career, and his year is about to end with a banger.

His recent single with Royce da 5’9″ caused a lot of buzz among Hip Hop heads around the world, but the song just didn’t seem complete without a music video. Laz just solved that problem by shooting the official music video in Detroit last week with Royce da 5′ 9″ and his affiliates from the D. (click here to listen to Underdog by Lazarus & Royce – with a detailed review by yours truly)

Watch Behind The Scenes Footage from The Music Video Shoot

The song – Underdog – represents a lot of things. To me, it represents how Desis are constantly considered as Underdogs in the music world, especially in the world of Hip Hop, in sports, in entertainment, in pretty much everything except medicine, engineering, and business. Since the rise of Hip Hop, Desi artists from South Asian heritage were always considered as the ones who “aren’t good enough“, the ones who can’t really match up to the quality of American artists, and never close enough to be on any billboard charts in the US. No major media outlets in the US like to talk about Desi artists, no matter how famous or dope they are. Forget about Grammy’s or BET Hip Hop Awards.


With this single, Lazarus made his attempt to break that chain. He went head to head against Royce – who is by far one of the illest emcees in the world right now. His work with Eminem, DJ Premier, Slaughterhouse, and all his solo projects has proven him to be one of the best in the game. Some people even claimed that Lazarus must be crazy to face someone like Royce in the booth. But, the man out did himself with his verse. His flow, his lyricism, and his over all presence on the track is bound to make every Hip Hop head proud of him.

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