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Format: CD
Sku: 60557334
UPC: 044001807428
UPC 14: 00044001807428
Release Date: 6/11/2002
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Song Listing

Disc 1
Song Title
1. Once Again ~ AZ (Rap)
2. A-1 Performance ~ AZ (Rap)
3. Wanna Be There ~ AZ (Rap)
4. Take It Off ~ AZ (Rap)
5. Essence, The - (featuring Nas) ~ AZ (Rap)
6. Hands In The Air - (featuring DJ Rogers Jr.) ~ AZ (Rap)
7. Fan Mail ~ AZ (Rap)
8. Paradise (Life) ~ AZ (Rap)
9. Take Care Of Me ~ AZ (Rap)
10. I'm Back - (featuring El Shaber) ~ AZ (Rap)
11. Hustler - (featuring Trav/A.N.I.M.A.L.) ~ AZ (Rap)
12. Rebirth ~ AZ (Rap)
13. Aziatic (Outro) ~ AZ (Rap)
14. Doing Me ~ AZ (Rap)

Album Notes and Credits

Notes & Personnel Info
Muze PNote 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).
Muze PNote Producers include: Dr. Period, Portiay, Chop D.E.S.E.L., Baby Paul, Big Joe.
Muze PNote Recorded at The Power Plant, New York, New York; Sugar Hill, Sweet Mountain Studios, New Jersey.
Muze PNote "The Essence" was nominated for the 2003 Grammy Awards for Best Rap Performance By A Duo Or Group.
Muze PNote Personnel includes: AZ, Nas, DJ Rogers, Jr.
Muze PNote Producers include: Dr. Period, Portiay, L.E.S., Baby Paul, Miller Time.
Muze PNote Recorded at Sweet Mountain Studios, Englewood, New Jersey.
Muze PNote "The Essence" was nominated for the 2003 Grammy Awards for Best Rap Performance By A Duo Or Group.
Muze PNote Personnel: Shelene Thomas (vocals); Miller Time, DR Period, Baby Paul (programming).
Muze PNote Audio Mixer: Mike T.
Muze PNote Recording information: Sweet Mountain Studios, NJ; The Power Plant, NY.
Muze PNote 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.

Engineer: Mike T

Musical Guests
Muze Guest Artist Nas
Muze Guest Artist DJ Rogers, Jr.
Muze Guest Artist El Shaber
Muze Guest Artist A.N.I.M.A.L.
Muze Guest Artist Trav

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.
Artist Followers
DMX | El-P | Eminem | Saigon | Talib Kweli

Compilation Appearances

Muze Music Compilations Vol. 1-Wu-Chronicles (Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Stillmatic (Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Giancana Story (Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations From Illmatic To Stillmatic The Remix
Muze Music Compilations Stillmatic
Muze Music Compilations Legendary Weapons(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations ILLMATIC XX(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations 36 SEASONS(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations 36 SEASONS(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations ORIGINAL ALBUM CLASSICS(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Raw Forever(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Mega Philosophy

Associated Artists and Works


Technical Info

Music Release Date Release Date : 06/11/2002
Music Original Release Date Original Release Date : 2002
Music CatalogId Catalog ID : AA4400180472
Music Label Name Label : Motown
Music Number of Discs Number of Discs : 1
Music Studio or Live Studio/Live : Studio
Music Mono or Stereo Mono/Stereo : Stereo
Music SPAR code SPAR Code : n/a
Music UPC UPC : 00044001807428

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."

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