AZ (US rapper)

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Legal name: Anthony Cruz (US rapper, aka AZ)


Anthony Cruz (born March 9, 1972), better known by his stage name AZ, is an American rapper. Born in Brooklyn, NY. He is known for being a longtime and frequent rhyme partner of Nas, and also a member of hip-hop group The Firm alongside Nas, Foxy Brown, Cormega and Nature.

In a countdown of the 10 Most Underappreciated Rappers—Most Underrated Rappers of All Time, the editors of listed AZ as #1 on the list. He was also included on's list of the Top 50 MCs of Our Time (1987–2007), where he was described as "arguably the most underrated lyricist ever."

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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1995 Doe or Die AZ 2
1998 Pieces of a Man AZ 1
2001 9 Lives AZ 1
2002 Aziatic AZ 1
2005 A.W.O.L. AZ 2
2006 The Format AZ 1
2008 Undeniable AZ 1
2009 Legendary AZ 1
2009 G.O.D. (Gold, Oil & Diamonds) AZ 1
2015 A.W.O.L 2.0 AZ & Phil Gektor 1

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2004 Decade: 1994-2004 AZ 1
2008 Anthology: B-Sides & Unreleased AZ 1

Album + Mixtape/Street

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2013 L.O.D.B. (Last of a Dying Breed) AZ & DJ Mr.Fx 1

Album + Remix

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2007 Memphis Sessions: The Remixtape AZ 1


Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1995 Gimme Yours AZ 1
1997 Hey AZ AZ feat. SWV 1
2013 86' (remix) Raekwon feat. AZ & Altrina Renee 1


Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1999 Organized Rhymes, Volume 2 O.C. / King Tee / AZ 1

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