Monday, September 19th, 2011 at 10:24 am  |  11 responses

Layup Lines: AZ

Young and gifted my tongues prolific

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  • Peter Walsh

    one of the most overlooked and underrated MCs ever….only artist to ever sign a deal without recording a demo first

  • http://nba.com GP23

    AZ was the only guy Nas wanted on his illmatic album…the dude can rhyme !

  • O

    Word up. His first album was one of the greatest hip-hop debuts of all time. Mo Money Mo Murder was CLASSIC!!!

  • http://www.bulls.com Enigmatic

    Hell yeah. Love this cat.
    “Mo Money Mo Murder” is indeed one of my all time faves too. Also “Time”, “How Ya Livin”, and I especially love “Love is Love” with that beautiful Nina Simone sample.

  • http://www.bulls.com Enigmatic

    @Peter Walsh – AZ is hardly the only dude ever to not record a demo and get a deal.
    Beanie Sigel was signed on the spot by Jay-Z after spitting a few rhymes at him and he wasn’t even trying to be signed.

  • Peter Walsh

    @Enigmatic Was unaware of Siegel’s story….Heard on the Stretch Armstrong show that AZ was the only rapper signed without a demo on the circuit.

  • takashi

    thanks for posting some AZ..his verse on “life’s a B” is so sick. thought you wouldve posted “mo money mo murder” but at least slam gave him a shout out.

  • Heals

    Does Wayne’s best verse even come close to AZ’s 5th, 6th, best? Jesus half the rappers lost in the shuffle of 90′s and early 00′s would crush 95% of the current crop…

  • Heals

    my bad 99.5%

  • superphilly

    Man I love putting “Doe or Die” in the player. Been a while, now is as good a time as any. YES!