Real Name:
Anthony Cruz
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.

AZ Discography


AZ Doe Or Die (Album) EMI America Europe 1995 Sell This Version
AZ Pieces Of A Man (Album) Noo Trybe Records Europe 1998 Sell This Version
AZ S.O.S.A. (Save Our Streets AZ) Not On Label US 2000 Sell This Version
AZ 9 Lives (Album) Motown US 2001 Sell This Version
AZ Aziatic (Album) Motown US 2002 Sell This Version
AZ A.W.O.L (Album) Fastlife US 2005 Sell This Version
AZ The Format (Album) Quiet Money Records US 2006 Sell This Version
KOC-CD 5027 AZ Undeniable(CD, Album) Koch Records KOC-CD 5027 US 2007 Sell This Version
CLP 1670-2 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(2xCD) Streetcore Music QM-105 UK 2007 Sell This Version
KOC-CD-9225 AZ Final Call: The Lost Tapes(CD, Album) KOCH Records KOC-CD-9225 US 2008 Sell This Version
ICR 10 AZ N4L(CD, Album) Iceman Recordings ICR 10 US 2008 Sell This Version
RTE-CD-71 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)(CD, Album) SIC-CD-63 US 2009 Sell This Version
QM 107 AZ Doe Or Die 15th Anniversary Special Edition(CD, Album) Quiet Money Records QM 107 US 2010 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

AZ Gimme Yours (Single, Maxi) EMI US 1995 Sell This Version
AZ Sugar Hill (Maxi, Single) EMI US 1995 Sell This Version
E2-58407 RE1 AZ The Visualiza* Sugar Hill/Rather Unique(CD, Single, Promo) EMI E2-58407 RE1 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 (Single) EMI US 1996 Sell This Version
AZ Featuring SWV AZ Featuring SWV - Hey AZ (Single, Maxi) EMI Netherlands 1997 Sell This Version
XPCD950, XPCD 950 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
INT5P-6257 Nas, Foxy Brown, AZ Featuring Dawn Robinson Nas, Foxy Brown, AZ Featuring Dawn Robinson - Firm Biz(CD, Promo) Aftermath Entertainment, Interscope Records, Track Masters INT5P-6257 US 1997 Sell This Version
AZ, Halfamil* , And Animal (2) AZ, Halfamil* , And Animal (2) - Organized Rhymes (Single) The Union Label, Platinum Entertainment US 1998 Sell This Version
BBR-777001 Milliato* Featuring AZ Milliato* Featuring AZ - Groove On(12", Single) Brooklyn Bound Recordings BBR-777001 US 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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