Pieces Of A Man (Explicit Version) CD (1998)

Artist: Az

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Label Emd/virgin
SKU 60074677
UPC 724385671524
UPC 14 00724385671524
Format CD
Release Date 4/7/1998
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
CatalogID 56715
Lable Name Noo Trybe
Released 04/07/1998
Original Release 1998
Number of Discs 1
SPARE Code n/a
Mono/Stereo Stereo
Studio/Live Studio
UPC 00724385671524
Musical Guests
Foxy Brown
Album Notes and Credits
Personnel: AZ, The RZA, Nas, Kenny Greene, Nature, Monifa, Panama PI, Foxy Brown, Keanna Henson (background vocals)
Producers include: Trackmasters, Kenny Smoove, Goldfinga, LES, Gucci Jones.
Engineers include: Jim Janik, Ken "Duro" Ifill, Steve Souder, Kevin Crouse, Steve Eigner.
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.
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
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..."
Disc 1
1 New Life (Album Intro)
2 I'm Known
3 How Ya Livin' - (featuring Nas)
4 Trading Places / Manasia (Interlude)
5 What's The Deal / Half-A-Mil (Interlude)
6 Love Is Love
7 Pay Back, The
8 Just Because
10 It's A Boy Thing
11 Pieces Of A (Black) Man
12 Last Dayz - (featuring Monifah)
13 Whatever Happened (The Birth) - (featuring RZA)
14 Trial Of The Century
15 Betcha Don't Know

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