First Listen: Josh Baze

Brooklyn, N.Y., rapper debuts new song "Escape" exclusively on

Rapper/singer Josh Baze is set to release his debut studio album, Hi-Heels & Low-Lifes, on March 20. Ahead of the album's release, has your exclusive first listen to the single "Escape."

Born in Brooklyn, N.Y., Baze was first inspired by his musician father to start creating music. He cites fellow New York natives such as the late Notorious B.I.G. and Jay-Z as major influences on his career. After performing at a showcase opening for Slick Rick in New York in 2010, Baze caught the attention of Cartel Records and subsequently signed a recording deal. He relocated to Los Angeles to record Hi-Heels & Low Lifes, and has since released singles from the album, including "Hollyhood" and "We Made It," the latter of which features an accompanying video directed by GRAMMY-nominated video director Hype Williams.

Executive produced by Cartel Records' Griffin Guess and co-produced by Baze, Andrew Drucker, Ernie J., and Kevin Rafferty, Baze describes Hi-Heels & Low-Lifes as the soundtrack to 21 years of his life. It's an "all-purpose" album that feeds on a variety of emotions, from grit and love to anger and success. "Escape" is an urban expression of Baze's New York upbringing, and sheds light on how he is coping with jealousy and learning to deal with his newfound success. According to Baze, the song is "my personal way of saying 'this is payback' to all who threw negativity my way."