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AZ

One of the numerous thoughtful gangsta rappers to emerge from New York during the mid-'90s, AZ enjoyed critical success early in his career, particularly with his debut album, Doe or Die (1995), but commercial success largely eluded him over the years. Born in Brooklyn, he initially garnered attention with his guest feature on "Life's a B**ch," one of the standout tracks on Nas' landmark debut album, Illmatic (1994). In the wake of Doe or Die's critical success, AZ collaborated with Nas in the ill-fated supergroup the Firm and released Pieces of a Man (1998), another critical favorite. But for the most part, that was it from AZ for several years as he fell by the wayside, not surfacing in a big way again until a pair of Motown releases, 9 Lives (2001) and Aziatic (2002), that didn't sell any better than his previous efforts. He subsequently took his music underground, periodically releasing albums such as A.W.O.L. (2005). In 2004 the double-disc retrospective Decade 1994-2004 looked back over his career to date, gathering up various highlights. ~ Jason Birchmeier, Rovi
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rmcpherson19 6 9 0
I am a az fan as well my fav m.c #1
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Very slept on album Wake Up Hip Hop
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https://db.t t / o u h x m G M 2 check us out coach city boyz on you tube.!!!
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His album "The Format" is tuff !
No doubt ah poet. From Doe or Die to Undeniable and then some. This man makes quality vibes !
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True MC'n at it's finest and not to mention his unrival lyrical delivery. F**k how many records, these current garbage rappers sell. AZ's skills, top that s**t. Plus, he never sold out to sell more. I miss true hip-hop from that era.
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altetly
He's definitely underrated
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I always liked AZ's flow wish he could of done bigger things in NYC.
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AZ rap about that thought provoking S**t
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Had the potential to be one of the kings of NY ! A lyrical giant and God MC
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Dude really did have a serious flow .. Very original very underrated
Think if he got co- signed by a serious producer dude could of hit that next level .. But it's whatever .. Still dope
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Az is the man. Smooth a** flow from a cool as dude. So much skill.
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Always liked this dude better than Nas. Yep I said it.
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Real s**t f**k the bullshit
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johngoode79
Under appreciated, v e r y underrated but one of the best real street MC,slick and fly with the word play
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AZ , not all the way sure if you take the time to read every fan letter or email. But, if by chance you ever call across these words. As a fan , I love your style of music . Lol , I like to call it life music . Because , it played a great roll in my life coming up in Camden , New Jersey . Im a '80's baby . So, it was like you described part of my life like you was right there . And , I'm sure every real man , at this point , who has been through the same thing will feel the same way . Thank you
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A zilla!!!!!!
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For some reason pandora doesn't have AZ's sophomore '98 album (pieces of a man), which is my favorite. AZ, one of the best on the mic.��
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9 lives my favorite AZ album
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Az the lebron of this ish.
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AZ is like the Tracy McGrady of rap!
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Number 1
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Severely slept on! Az is nice! Justine of those things that irk u! Rass Kass is another example
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Get the g o d album.legend a r y also.both were slept on
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One of the most underrated emcees of all time
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terencethoma s 3 5
Been following the god since way back . The illest.!
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Do sho....serio u s l y nice lyrics
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Droppin dat science yo....I'll as f**k.....
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Premo Premo Premo!!!!!!
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Dope
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info491797
... lyrics!

preemo' iLL as usuaL !
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travisturnin g a r a u j o 2 7
AZ most underrated rapper
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"Got that grown approach"

All this kiddie simple rap is so so bad! Same song type time after time.
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*of
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Too sad that the authors of pandora for the bios of the mc's, their more then willing to go out if their way to make the mc's look bad as an individual
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One of the best. He and Cormega are top 5 for sure
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Greatest mc ever
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Dopest there's ever been I was 13 when AWOL came out, still get busy to it
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one of the most under rated of all time
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AZ, JAY Z , BIGGIE !
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AZ is the man. Every beats bangin
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Sounds like Nas
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@az respect been buying most of his recent albums just cause he's consistent with material and seems to never skip a beat
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AZ is the GOAT!
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pooder218
Respect. AZ is straight dope. Supreme lyrical skill. No ego, no bs. I let the kids and them listen to the garbage. I stick to the good stuff. Salaam homies!
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Az,is,one,of the,best mcs no,one,heard doe or die is classic
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Mos Def and don't be sending me no flower when I'm gone so under rated
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Tell em, they need 2 no
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Hands down, any comments acknowledged , speaks for SOSAs lyrical skill. Just getting into this post stuff, but nice 2 c that era 91-00 still known for best Mcees. That'all I pump in headphones at work, driving..whe r e v e r . . To me best hip hop I've heard in my life. 90s-00s stop it at 2002,03. Everything else u have to sort through now on mixtapes an satellite radio. Much respect to the pioneers tho in 70s an 80s to.
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Record sales mean nothin...u sound like a person who is brainwashed by the radio
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Seriously? AZ better than NAS? I think the record speaks for itself.
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