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Encyclopedia > AZ (rapper)
AZ
Background information
Birth name Anthony Cruz
Born March 9, 1972 (1972-03-09) (age 36)
Origin Brownsville, Brooklyn, New York, U.S.
Genre(s) Hip hop
Occupation(s) Emcee
Instrument(s) Emceeing, piano/keyboard, synthesizer, drums
Years active 1992–present
Label(s) EMI, Virgin, Motown, Koch, Quiet Money/Fastlife
Associated acts Nas, The Firm, Cormega, Wu-Tang Clan

Anthony Cruz (born March 9, 1972 in Brownsville, Brooklyn, New York), better known as AZ, is an American rapper currently residing in Englewood, New Jersey. He mainly known for his association with Nas, his membership in the supergroup The Firm, and his many successful solo albums. If you hold the copyright to an image (e. ... is the 68th day of the year (69th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1972 (MCMLXXII) was a leap year starting on Saturday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Brownsville is a neighborhood in central Brooklyn, New York, predominantly Caribbean, Hispanic, and African-American. ... This article is about the state. ... For other uses of terms redirecting here, see US (disambiguation), USA (disambiguation), and United States (disambiguation) Motto In God We Trust(since 1956) (From Many, One; Latin, traditional) Anthem The Star-Spangled Banner Capital Washington, D.C. Largest city New York City National language English (de facto)1 Demonym American... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Hip hop music is a style of music which came into existence in the United States during the mid-1970s, and became a large part of modern pop culture during the 1980s. ... A musical instrument is a device constructed or modified with the purpose of making music. ... Rap redirects here. ... A short grand piano, with the lid up. ... Piano, a well-known instance of keyboard instruments A keyboard instrument is any musical instrument played using a musical keyboard. ... Synth redirects here. ... For other kinds of drums, see drum (disambiguation). ... In the music industry, a record label is a brand and a trademark associated with the marketing of music recordings and music videos. ... For other uses, see EMI (disambiguation). ... Virgin Records was a British recording label founded by English entrepreneur Richard Branson, and Nik Powell in 1972. ... Motown Records, Inc. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... For other uses, see Nas (disambiguation). ... Cory McKay, better known as Cormega, is an American rapper noted for his street topics and style representative of Queensbridge. ... Wu-Tang redirects here. ... is the 68th day of the year (69th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1972 (MCMLXXII) was a leap year starting on Saturday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Brownsville is a neighborhood in central Brooklyn, New York, predominantly Caribbean, Hispanic, and African-American. ... This article is about the state. ... Rapping is one of the elements of hip hop and the distinguishing feature of hip hop music; it is a form of rhyming lyrics spoken rhythmically over musical instruments, with a musical backdrop of sampling, scratching and mixing by DJs. ... Map highlighting Englewoods location within Bergen County. ... For other uses, see Nas (disambiguation). ... This article is about the term in rock music. ...

Contents

Biography

AZ was born Anthony Cruz to an African-American mother and a Dominican father. AZ first came to prominence by appearing on Nas' landmark album Illmatic on the song "Life's a Bitch" (1994)—he was the only guest emcee to appear on that album. After a bidding war, AZ signed with EMI, and soon released Doe Or Die (1995) to more critical acclaim than commercial sales. The album's lead single, "Sugar Hill", became AZ's only major commercial success as a solo artist, reaching the top 25 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, and achieving Gold status. AZ's EMI contract was transferred to sister label Noo Trybe Records/Virgin Records when the EMI Label Group was shut down. For other uses, see Nas (disambiguation). ... Alternate cover 10th Anniversary Edition (2004) Singles from Illmatic Released: 1992 Released: January 18, 1994 Released: May 31, 1994 Released: April 19, 1994 Released: October 25, 1994 Illmatic is the debut album by rapper Nas, released on April 19, 1994 through Columbia Records, and featuring production from Large Professor (of... For other uses, see Lifes a Bitch. ... See also: 1994 in music (UK) Musical groups established in 1994 Record labels established in 1994 // January 29 - The Supremes Mary Wilson is injured when her jeep hits a freeway median and flips over just outside of Los Angeles, California. ... For other uses, see EMI (disambiguation). ... Doe or Die is the debut album by gangsta rapper AZ. Released in 1995 AZ was introduced to the world in Nass Illmatic in 1994. ... Year 1995 (MCMXCV) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will display full 1995 Gregorian calendar). ... “Hot 100” redirects here. ... In the United States, the Recording Industry Association of America awards certification based on the number of albums and singles sold through retail and other ancillary markets. ... Virgin Records was a British recording label founded by English entrepreneur Richard Branson, and Nik Powell in 1972. ...


In 1997, he and Nas appeared in an Sprite commercial. For other uses, see Nas (disambiguation). ... Sprite is a clear soda, lemon-lime flavored, caffeine free soft drink, produced by the Coca-Cola Company. ...


AZ's fanbase grew considerably after he joined The Firm, a supergroup comprised of AZ, Nas, Foxy Brown, and Nature, with Dr. Dre and The Trackmasters producing. The Firm's only album, The Album, was regarded as critically disappointing. Pieces of a Man, AZ's second solo release, didn't sell well. Independently, AZ released S.O.S.A. to little fanfare in 2000. Soon, however, AZ signed with Motown/Universal Records and released 9 Lives. This article is about the term in rock music. ... For the 1974 blaxploitation film, see Foxy Brown (film). ... Jermaine Baxter (born September 15, 1979), better known as Nature, is an American rapper, best known for his association with fellow Queensbridge-born rapper Nas. ... For the New York radio and television presenter, see Doctor Dre. ... Trackmasters Entertainment is a successful record production company, run by Jean-Claude Poke Olive and Samuel Tone Barnes. ... In the music industry, a record producer (or music producer) has many roles, among them controlling the recording sessions, coaching and guiding the musicians, organizing and scheduling production budget and resources, and supervising the recording, mixing and mastering processes. ... 1. ... See also: 2000 in music (UK) Musical groups established in 2000 Record labels established in 2000 // John Tavener is knighted in the New Years Honours List. ... Motown Records, Inc. ... Universal Music Group (UMG) is the largest business group and family of record labels in the recording industry. ...


In 2002, he released Aziatic. A single from the album, "The Essence," was nominated for the 2003 Grammy Awards for Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group. The video to its first single, "I'm Back," received moderate MTV2 play. AZ was supposed to release an album titled Final Call, around late 2004 or early 2005. Due to massive bootlegging, however, the album was never released. Instead, A.W.O.L. was released on September 6, 2005. This album featured many tracks that were on the unreleased Final Call, as well as some new ones—the first single was the DJ Premier-produced "The Come Up," and it became a moderately popular single.[citation needed] Grammy Award statuette The Grammy Awards, presented by the Recording Academy (an association of Americans professionally involved in the recorded music industry) for outstanding achievements in the recording industry, is one of four major music awards shows held annually in the United States (the Billboard Music Awards, the American Music... For other uses, see Video (disambiguation). ... MTV2 is a cable network that is widely available in the United States on digital cable and satellite television, and is progressively being added to basic cable lineups across the nation. ... Final Call was rumored to be AZs last or second to last album before retirement. ... A.W.O.L. is a music album by the rapper, AZ. It was recorded after Final Call, an album that was shelved because of a two month early leak on the internet. ... is the 249th day of the year (250th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... This biographical article or section needs additional references for verification. ...


AZ's sixth solo album The Format , was released on November 7, 2006. The Format is an upcoming album by rapper AZ, set for release on November 7, 2006. ...


Since The Format, AZ has released a mixtape titled The Memphis Sessions and a J-Love mixtape titled The Return of S.O.S.A.[1] His latest album Undeniable will be released in early 2008. The Format is an upcoming album by rapper AZ, set for release on November 7, 2006. ... // This is a list of musical groups and producers that are officially affiliated with the hip hop group Wu-Tang Clan. ... AZ Category: ...


Style

AZ is known for his smooth, rhythmic cadence of delivery. He is also known for his use of multi-syllable rhyme schemes, internal rhymes, unconventional rhymes, and a large vocabulary. AZ is "one of the greatest rappers as far as lyrics and longevity", [2]his style and flow are instantly recognizable and comparable to his friend and collaborator Nas. For other uses, see Nas (disambiguation). ...


Discography

Albums

  • Doe or Die
    • Released: October 10, 1995
    • Sales: 1,000,000
    • RIAA Certification: Platinum
    • Billboard 200 chart position: #7
    • R&B/Hip-Hop chart position: #1
    • Singles: "Gimme Yours"/"Uncut Raw", "Sugar Hill"/"Rather Unique", "Sugar Hill (Remix)", "Doe or Die"/"Mo Money Mo Murder "Homicide"
  • The Firm: The Album (with The Firm)
    • Released: October 21, 1997
    • Sales: 1,200,000
    • RIAA Certification: Platinum
    • Billboard 200 chart position: #1
    • R&B/Hip-Hop chart position: #1
    • Singles: "Firm Biz", "Phone Tap"/"Five Minutes to Flush"
  • Pieces of a Man
    • Released: April 7, 1998
    • Sales: 450,000
    • RIAA Certification: None
    • Billboard 200 chart position: #22
    • R&B/Hip-Hop chart position: #5
    • Singles: "Hey AZ"/"Sosa", "What's the Deal"/"Trading Places"
  • S.O.S.A. (Save Our Streets AZ) (EP)
    • Released: 2000
    • Sales: 150,000
    • RIAA Certification: None
    • Billboard 200 chart position:
    • R&B/Hip-Hop chart position: -
    • Singles: "I Don't Give a Fuck"/"Love Me in a Special Way"
  • 9 Lives
    • Released: June 12, 2001
    • Sales: 380,000
    • RIAA Certification: None
    • Billboard 200 chart position: #23
    • R&B/Hip-Hop chart position: #4
    • Singles: "Everything's Everything"/"At Night", "Problems"/"I Don't Give a Fuck"
  • Aziatic
    • Released: June 11, 2002
    • Sales: 500,000
    • RIAA Certification: Gold
    • Billboard 200 chart position: #29
    • R&B/Hip-Hop chart position: #5
    • Singles: "I'm Back", "Wanna Be There", "The Essence", "Take it Off"
  • Decade 1994-2004
    • Released: October 12, 2004
    • Sales: 250,000
    • RIAA Certification: None
    • Billboard 200 chart position: -
    • R&B/Hip-Hop chart position: -
    • Singles: N/A
  • Final Call
    • Released: Unreleased (planned for 2004)
    • Sales: 360,000
    • RIAA Certification: None
    • Billboard 200 chart position: -
    • R&B/Hip-Hop chart position: -
    • Singles: "Live Wire", "Magic Hour"
  • A.W.O.L.
    • Released: September 6, 2005
    • Sales:500,000
    • RIAA Certification: None
    • Billboard 200 chart position: #73
    • R&B/Hip-Hop chart position: #17
    • Singles: "The Come Up"/"Magic Hour", "Still Alive"/"New York", "AZ's Chillin'"/"Never Change"
  • The Format
    • Released: November 7, 2006
    • Sales: 410,000
    • RIAA Certification: None
    • Billboard 200 chart position:
    • R&B/Hip-Hop chart position:
    • Singles: "The Format"/"Vendetta"
  • Undeniable
    • Released: April 1, 2008
    • Singles: "Life On The Line"/"The Hardest"

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Appearances

  • 1994: "The Genesis", "Life's A Bitch" Nas Illmatic
  • 1996: "A+Z" A+ The Latch-Key Child
  • 1996: "When The Cheering Stops" NFL Jams
  • 1996: "Lady [DJ Premiere Remix]" D'Angelo Lady 12"
  • 1996: "Album Intro""Affirmative Action" With Foxy Brown & Cormega Nas It Was Written
  • 1996: "La Familia" Foxy Brown I'll Be 12"
  • 1996: "I Miss U [Come Back Home Remix]" Monifah Moods... Moments LP/ Miss U 12"
  • 1996: "Something About You [Darkchild Remix]" New Edition "Something About You (Single)"
  • 1998: "Head Over Heels [Trackmaster's Remix]" Allure "Head Over Heels (single)"
  • 1998: "Rock Me [JD Remix]" Caught Up OST
  • 1998: "Promises" NFL Jams (Intersound)
  • 1999: "Let's Live" With Animal The Union Hard Labor
  • 1999: "24/7 [Remix]" Kevon Edmonds 24/7 12"
  • 1999: "Thug Connection" With Kool G Rap Papoose Alphabetical Slaughter 12"
  • 2000: "Groove On [Remix]" Half-A-Mil Groove On 12"
  • 2000: "Quiet Money" Half-A-Mil Million
  • 2000: "Quiet Money [Blood Money]" With Animal & Half-A-Mil The Union Organized Rhymes
  • 2000: "It's War" DJ Skribble Traffic Jams
  • 2001: "Layaway" Jon B. Pleasures U Like
  • 2001: "The Flyest" Nas Stillmatic
  • 2002: "Holla Back" With Nawz & Tito Kool G Rap The Giancana Story
  • 2002: "Keep On Lovin' You [Remix]" Dave Hollister ?
  • 2004: "Redemption" Cormega Legal Hustle
  • 2005: "Baby Girl" With Flawless Nucci Reyo ?
  • 2006: "Professional Style" The Alchemist Chemistry Files
  • 2006: "The Hardest Pt. I" Styles P The Ghost Sessions - Mixtape
  • 2007: "No Holding Back" With Cormega Statik Selektah Spell My Name Right: The Album
  • 2007: "Who Am I? with Cormega & Nature" Cormega Who Am I?: The Soundtrack

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References

  1. ^ J-Love song tracklistings
  2. ^ Features : AZ: Superhero with no Disguise

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NAME Cruz, Anthony
ALTERNATIVE NAMES AZ
SHORT DESCRIPTION Rapper
DATE OF BIRTH March 9, 1973
PLACE OF BIRTH Brooklyn, New York
DATE OF DEATH
PLACE OF DEATH
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