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12 May, 2008 5:35 pm

AZ has not had the best of luck.  Back on Illmatic, one would have thought that he would be mentioned in the same breath as some of the peers who went on to become icons in hip-hop (most notably 2Pac, Biggie, and Nas). And why not?  Sosa has displayed various projects of his own as [cont.]

26 November, 2006 12:00 am

   If there ever was an award for the dopest emcee who never got the credit he deserved, it would have to go to AZ. While it can be argued that AZ has never lived up to the lofty expectations placed on him after his scathing verse on Nas’ “Life’s A Bitch”, AZ has always [cont.]

9 November, 2005 12:00 am

          The dreaded “P” word.  It haunts us all, but some more than others.  Potential.  It’s meant to be a compliment, but sometimes it ends up being more curse than gift.  Towards the end of Michael Jordan’s career, sportswriters across the country couldn’t wait to proclaim the “next MJ”.  Remember the list of next-in-lines?  [cont.]

9 September, 2005 12:00 am

By William Ketchum III Even if AZ took the title of his upcoming album AWOL literally and left hip-hop without a trace, he would still leave behind a legacy that rivals many other MCs.  Since his memorable debut on “Life’s A Bitch” from Nas’ Stillmatic, AZ has become the subject of hip-hop folklore with his [cont.]

10 August, 2004 12:00 am

“Life’s a bitch and then you die, that’s why we get high, cuz you never know when you’re gonna go” With those words delivered on the classic Nas debut LP Illmatic, AZ was immortalized within the history books of hip-hop music. As the only guest to appear on that seminal record, Brooklyn native AZ began [cont.]

1 January, 2001 12:00 am

One verse is all it took, and we were hooked. AZ’s explosive introduction on Nas’ “Life’s A Bitch” catapulted the young Crooklyn emcee from unknown to most-anticipated almost overnight. His wildly inconsistent debut, Doe Or Die, offered more promising glimpses with “Sugar Hill”, and the Pete Rock assisted “Rather Unique”. Yet, every effort that followed, [cont.]

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