Aziatic (Explicit Version) CD (2002)

Artist: Az

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Label Universal Records
SKU 60557334
UPC 044001807428
UPC 14 00044001807428
Format CD
Release Date 6/11/2002
Author Az
Compilation Appearance Vol. 1-Wu-Chronicles (Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Stillmatic (Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Giancana Story (Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance From Illmatic To Stillmatic The Remix
Compilation Appearance Legendary Weapons(Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Mega Philosophy
Compilation Appearance ORIGINAL ALBUM CLASSICS(Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance 36 SEASONS(Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance 36 SEASONS(Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance ILLMATIC XX(Explicit Version)
Associated Artist/Work Frankenstein
Artist Influence Boogie Down Productions
Artist Influence Chuck D
Artist Influence EPMD
Artist Influence Eric B. & Rakim
Artist Influence Gang Starr
Artist Influence Kool G Rap
Artist Influence LL Cool J
Artist Influence Rakim
Artist Influence Run-D.M.C.
Artist Contemporary Beanie Sigel
Artist Contemporary Cormega
Artist Contemporary Foxy Brown (Rap)
Artist Contemporary Freddie Foxxx
Artist Contemporary Half-A-Mill
Artist Contemporary Jay-Z
Artist Contemporary Kool G Rap
Artist Contemporary Mobb Deep
Artist Contemporary Nas
Artist Contemporary Nature
Artist Contemporary Noreaga
Artist Contemporary The Genius
Artist Contemporary The Notorious B.I.G.
Artist Follower DMX
Artist Follower El-P
Artist Follower Eminem
Artist Follower Saigon
Artist Follower Talib Kweli
Technical Info
Engineer Mike T
CatalogID AA4400180472
Lable Name Motown
Released 06/11/2002
Original Release 2002
Number of Discs 1
SPARE Code n/a
Length 46m : 58s
Mono/Stereo Stereo
Studio/Live Studio
UPC 00044001807428
Musical Guests
DJ Rogers, Jr.
El Shaber
Album Notes and Credits
Personnel includes: AZ, Nas, El Shaber, Trav, Animal (rap vocals); D.J. Rogers, Jr. (vocals); Dr. Period, Portiay, Chop D.E.S.E.L., Anthony Best (programming); Makeba Riddick, Chimere Scott, Shelene Thomas, Precision, Nikko (background vocals).
Producers include: Dr. Period, Portiay, Chop D.E.S.E.L., Baby Paul, Big Joe.
Recorded at The Power Plant, New York, New York; Sugar Hill, Sweet Mountain Studios, New Jersey.
"The Essence" was nominated for the 2003 Grammy Awards for Best Rap Performance By A Duo Or Group.
Personnel includes: AZ, Nas, DJ Rogers, Jr.
Producers include: Dr. Period, Portiay, L.E.S., Baby Paul, Miller Time.
Recorded at Sweet Mountain Studios, Englewood, New Jersey.
"The Essence" was nominated for the 2003 Grammy Awards for Best Rap Performance By A Duo Or Group.
Personnel: Shelene Thomas (vocals); Miller Time, DR Period, Baby Paul (programming).
Audio Mixer: Mike T.
Recording information: Sweet Mountain Studios, NJ; The Power Plant, NY.
The Brooklyn MC who turned heads way back when as a guest on Nas's ILLMATIC had already put plenty of sonic miles behind him before the release of AZIATIC. No matter how much he's established himself as a rapper extraordinaire, though, his skills never come off as old hat. On AZIATIC his mixture of street imagery and higher-minded philosophy, the carnal and the sublime, the hardcore hip-hop beat and the attractive pop/R&B ornamentation, all come together and ring true. Less conceptual than 9 LIVES but packing more surprising melodic hooks than PIECES OF A MAN, AZIATIC strikes a good balance of the varied facets that make up Az's vision. Consequently, this album would make a good starting point for anyone unfamiliar with the work of this uncompromising but accessible artist.
Artist Overview
Brooklyn-bred AZ made about as big a splash as an MC could hope for in 1994. He supplied both the key verse and vocal hook for "Life's A Bitch" off Nas's seminal ILLMATIC. Then, his own debut LP, '95s DO OR DIE, catapulted to the top of the era's gritty-but-thoughtful East Coast rap scene, helping to bridge the gap between Eric B. & Rakim and Black Star. However, after The Firm--a supergroup comprised of AZ, Nas, Foxy Brown and others--flopped commercially, his own success tailed off as well. But AZ is still recording actively if independently, and his 2007 full-length, UNDENIABLE, demonstrated his influence on the younger generation, with guest spots from hot up-and-comers like Saigon.
Professional Reviews
Rolling Stone (7/25/02, pp.72-3) - 4 stars out of 5 - "...His best album yet. He's more focused, and ready to receive his due as one of his generation's true voices....This is AZ at full power."
Disc 1
1 Once Again
2 A-1 Performance
3 Wanna Be There
4 Take It Off
5 Essence, The - (featuring Nas)
6 Hands In The Air - (featuring DJ Rogers Jr.)
7 Fan Mail
8 Paradise (Life)
9 Take Care Of Me
10 I'm Back - (featuring El Shaber)
11 Hustler - (featuring Trav/A.N.I.M.A.L.)
12 Rebirth
13 Aziatic (Outro)
14 Doing Me

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