Aziatic (Explicit Version) CD (2002)

Artist: Az

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Product Overview


Label Universal Records
SKU 60557334
UPC 044001807428
UPC 14 00044001807428
Format CD
Release Date 6/11/2002
Author Az
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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