Outsidaz are a hip hop group from Newark, New Jersey, perhaps best known through their affiliation with fellow New York-area rappers, the Fugees, and Detroit-area rappers D12.
The group formed in 1991 after underground rappers Young Zee, met D.U. and Pacewon at a New Year's Eve party. At the time they met, Young Zee and Pacewon were rival MCs. Pacewon & D.U. were members of a crew named PNS, while Zee headed a crew named Pskitzo members Anthony D. Ore aka (Maddfile) and Augustus C. Battle aka (A-Form). They decided to unite into one group called the Outsidaz, following a lengthy microphone battle that it was decided ended in a tie. Along with Pacewon, D.U. and Young Zee, the Outsidaz consisted of Axe, Az Izz, DJ Muhammed, Denzy, Loon One, DJ Spunk, S. Coop, Nawshis, Rah Digga, the late Slang Ton, Bskills and Yah Yah. The Outsidaz are affiliated with the Refugee Camp, and made their first commercial appearance as guest artists on the song "Cowboys" off the Fugees multi-platinum sophomore LP The Score. They were also affiliated with Detroit-based rap collective D12, collaborating with them on different projects. D12 member Eminem shouts out the Outsidaz at the end of the song "Just Don't Give a Fuck", in the beginning of "Cum On Everybody", and in the song "As the World Turns", all of which were recorded on his major-label solo debut The Slim Shady LP. He also acknowledges them in a track titled "Till Hell Freezes Over" which was intended to be on the album. In 2009, Young Zee appeared on Chicago rappers Saurus and Bones' debut album, Mind Like Mine on the song "Let The Trumpets Blow.". Eminem's Shady Records label recently released Shady XV, a compilation album which featured a track titled, "Fine Line" by Eminem. On the song, he spits a verse showing his appreciation for the group (specifically Pacewon and Young Zee).
In 2008, Pacewon collaborated with New Jersey producer Mr. Green on The Only Color That Matters is Green. The first single was "Hip Hop."
In 2011, Young Zee and Pacewon appeared on the Jedi Mind Tricks album Violence Begets Violence on the song "Design In Malice." The following year, Pacewon and Mr. Green appeared on the song "Get at Me" from St. Cule's album, American Beef. That July, Young Zee and Mr. Green released a collaborative album titled "One Crazy Weekend". "One Crazy Weekend" featured Pacewon, Rah Digga, Yah Yah and Zee's son, Krash Battle.
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