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PREMIERE: The A.S.A. Project ‘OH! What A Place!’ EP

Melodies have become undeniably hot. Now, being able to spit only gets you about halfway in a fan’s favor; being able to carry a note gets you all the way there. This is what The A.S.A. Project grasped from early on: You have to be able to do it all. While each member of the Chicago-based trio has a dominant ability, they’re also skilled in other areas. Vocalist Spazz mainly raps but also sings; Reelo mainly sings but also raps and produces; and TurnipGawd mainly produces but also DJs.

“Originally we gravitated towards conventional hip hop, formally [with] Spazz and Reelo and A.S.A. However, after a year invested in developing our own sound and incorporating our DJ/co-producer DJ TurnipGawd and live bandmates, we are now known as The A.S.A. Project. [We] still consist of lead vocalists Spazz and Reelo, just this time we are coming back a lot more musically inclined,” the group shares.

If you listen to their oldest song, “A.S.A x New Places,” and their latest track, “For You”—the first cut on their new EP, OH! What A Place!, which we’re premiering today—the sonic differences are obvious, but a little bit of their original sound remains. “The best way to describe it is, ‘A little bit of this and a little bit of that.’ Truthfully, this EP is like a segue; a transition into our introduction of our ‘new’ sound,” they explain.

With OH! What A Place!, A.S.A are not only reintroducing their sound, but showing their listeners how they’ve reconfigured their aesthetic to an ever-changing musical landscape.

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