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Format: CD
Sku: 60074677
UPC: 724385671524
UPC 14: 00724385671524
Release Date: 4/7/1998
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Song Listing

Disc 1
Song Title
1. New Life (Album Intro) ~ AZ
2. I'm Known ~ AZ
3. How Ya Livin' - (featuring Nas) ~ AZ
4. Trading Places / Manasia (Interlude) ~ AZ
5. What's The Deal / Half-A-Mil (Interlude) ~ AZ
6. Love Is Love ~ AZ
7. Pay Back, The ~ AZ
8. Just Because ~ AZ
9. SOSA ~ AZ
10. It's A Boy Thing ~ AZ
11. Pieces Of A (Black) Man ~ AZ
12. Last Dayz - (featuring Monifah) ~ AZ
13. Whatever Happened (The Birth) - (featuring RZA) ~ AZ
14. Trial Of The Century ~ AZ
15. Betcha Don't Know ~ AZ

Album Notes and Credits

Notes & Personnel Info
Muze PNote Personnel: AZ, The RZA, Nas, Kenny Greene, Nature, Monifa, Panama PI, Foxy Brown, Keanna Henson (background vocals)
Muze PNote Producers include: Trackmasters, Kenny Smoove, Goldfinga, LES, Gucci Jones.
Muze PNote Engineers include: Jim Janik, Ken "Duro" Ifill, Steve Souder, Kevin Crouse, Steve Eigner.
Muze PNote When you're blessed enough to have been the only guest rapper on what is arguably the best hip-hop album ever made (Nas' ILLMATIC), you should realize that high expectations come with it. Lyrically, AZ has always been on point. From his own solo career to his Firm collaboration, the Brooklyn-based MC remains one of the most respected. But you're only as good as your last album, and AZ was well aware that the followup to his debut would be a DOE OR DIE situation. Fortunately for AZ, PIECES OF A MAN picks up right where he left off, giving listeners a true feel for the artist's idiosyncratic lyrical and musical vision. Approaching veteran status, AZ's years of experience are easily manifested, and with true hard-core production in his corner, he is able to deliver the goods.

Musical Guests
Muze Guest Artist Foxy Brown
Muze Guest Artist Nas
Muze Guest Artist Monifah
Muze Guest Artist RZA

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

Associated Artists and Works


Technical Info

Music Release Date Release Date : 04/07/1998
Music Original Release Date Original Release Date : 1998
Music CatalogId Catalog ID : 56715
Music Label Name Label : Noo Trybe
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 : 00724385671524

Professional Reviews

Rap Pages (11/97, p.111)
- "...AZ knows what he is doing and does his own thing with style...PIECES OF A MAN clearly seeks to maintain this click's string of commercial successes and seems to have the singles to do so..."

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