AZ

Real Name:
Anthony Cruz
Profile:
Brooklyn, NY rapper, of Dominican descent who got to make his apperance as the only guest rapper on Nas' classic album 'Illmatic' on the song "Life's A Bitch" in 1994. AZ cut his own album a year later, Doe or Die, but due to lack of promotion, the album didn't do as well as other established artists such as Raekwon's "Only Built 4 Cuban Linx" or Jay-Z's debut, "Reasonable Doubt," even though it is considered just as classic as those albums. It was followed by the sophmore slump 'Pieces of a Man.' It was on par, lyrically, but the beats, mostly handled by the Trackmasters, didn't come through for AZ. Since his album flopped, he left Noo Trybe and in late 1999 early 2000, he released an independent album SOSA (Save Our Streets AZ). Motown (yes the R&B label) heard his album and was interested in releasing it commercially and decided to give AZ a record contract. He was supposed to carry them as a serious rap label, but again, due to promotion, his album, 9 Lives, didn't sell as well as he'd liked, though it was critically acclaimed and touched on all aspects, lyricaly and musically. His follow up in 2001, Aziatic, sold a few more albums than 9 Lives and is just as great an album as Doe or Die and 9 Lives. AZ has since left Motown and is rumored to be making an independent album with Nas which is supposed to be titled "Alpha/Omega." Only the future will tell.
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Albums

AZ - Doe Or Die album art AZ Doe Or Die (Album) EMI, EMI US 1995 Sell This Version
AZ - Pieces Of A Man album art AZ Pieces Of A Man (Album) Noo Trybe Records Europe 1998 Sell This Version
AZ - S.O.S.A. (Save Our Streets AZ) album art AZ S.O.S.A. (Save Our Streets AZ) Not On Label US 2000 Sell This Version
AZ - 9 Lives album art AZ 9 Lives (Album) Motown US 2001 Sell This Version
AZ - Aziatic album art AZ Aziatic (Album) Motown US 2002 Sell This Version
AZ - A.W.O.L album art AZ A.W.O.L (Album) Fastlife US 2005 Sell This Version
AZ - The Format album art AZ The Format (Album) Quiet Money Records US 2006 Sell This Version
KOC-CD 5027 AZ - Undeniable album art AZ Undeniable(CD, Album) Koch Records KOC-CD 5027 US 2007 Sell This Version
CLP 1670-2 AZ - Ghetto Pass album art AZ Presents Begetz AZ Presents Begetz - Ghetto Pass(CD, Album) X-Ray Records (2) CLP 1670-2 US 2007 Sell This Version
QM-105 AZ - Memphis Sessions The Remixtape album art AZ Memphis Sessions The Remixtape(2xCD) Streetcore Music QM-105 UK 2007 Sell This Version
KOC-CD-9225 AZ - Final Call: The Lost Tapes album art AZ Final Call: The Lost Tapes(CD, Album) KOCH Records KOC-CD-9225 US 2008 Sell This Version
ICR 10 AZ - N4L album art AZ N4L(CD, Mixtape) Iceman Recordings ICR 10 US 2008 Sell This Version
RTE-CD-71 AZ - Legendary album art AZ Legendary(CD, Album) Real Talk Entertainment RTE-CD-71 US 2009 Sell This Version
SIC-CD-63 AZ - G.O.D. (Gold Oil And Diamonds) album art AZ G.O.D. (Gold Oil And Diamonds)(CD, Album) Siccness.net SIC-CD-63 US 2009 Sell This Version
QM 107 AZ - Doe Or Die 15th Anniversary album art AZ Doe Or Die 15th Anniversary(CD, Album, S/Edition) Quiet Money Records QM 107 US 2010 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

AZ - Gimme Yours album art AZ Gimme Yours (Single, Maxi) EMI US 1995 Sell This Version
AZ - Sugar Hill album art AZ Sugar Hill (Maxi, Single) EMI US 1995 Sell This Version
U5P-1103 A+ Featuring AZ A+ Featuring AZ - A + Z(CD, Single, Promo) Universal Records, Kedar Entertainment U5P-1103 US 1996 Sell This Version
AZ - Doe Or Die album art AZ Doe Or Die (Single) EMI US 1996 Sell This Version
AZ - Hey AZ album art AZ Featuring SWV AZ Featuring SWV - Hey AZ (Single, Maxi) EMI Netherlands 1997 Sell This Version
XPCD950, XPCD 950 AZ - Clean Album Sampler album art Nas Escobar*, Foxy Brown, AZ & Nature (4) Present The Firm (6) Nas Escobar*, Foxy Brown, AZ & Nature (4) Present The Firm (6) - Clean Album Sampler(CD, Promo, Smplr) Columbia, Columbia XPCD950, XPCD 950 Austria 1997 Sell This Version
AZ - Firm Biz album art Nas, Foxy Brown, AZ Featuring Dawn Robinson Nas, Foxy Brown, AZ Featuring Dawn Robinson - Firm Biz (Single) Aftermath Entertainment, Interscope Records, Track Masters US 1997 Sell This Version
AZ - Organized Rhymes album art AZ, Halfamil* , And Animal (2) AZ, Halfamil* , And Animal (2) - Organized Rhymes (Single) The Union Label, Platinum Entertainment US 1998 Sell This Version
AZ - For The Streets album art AZ Featuring Doo Wop AZ Featuring Doo Wop - For The Streets (Single) Not On Label US 1998 Sell This Version
AZ - What's The Deal album art AZ What's The Deal (Single) Cooltempo Europe 1998 Sell This Version

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February 14, 2016
One of the most underrated that ever blessed the mic in my opinion. Do or Die is one of the best albums ever, lyrically it is right up there with Illmatic. Not many better have done it, he landed a record deal without even making a demo tape!

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