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AZIATIC is the fourth studio album by rapper AZ , released on June 11, 2002.

CONTENTS

* 1 Background * 2 Critical reception * 3 Track listing * 4 Chart history * 5 Samples * 6 References * 7 External links

BACKGROUND

After two albums that received vastly different responses (1998's Pieces of a Man and 2001's 9 Lives ), his fourth album is considered AZ's comeback album, which restored his credibility. The album features AZ's flow and style over melodic, soulful production. It featured a duet between AZ and long-time friend and collaborator, Nas , "The Essence", which was nominated for a Grammy
Grammy
for Best Rap Performance By A Duo Or Group. The album went on to sell over 500,000 copies and be certified Gold by the RIAA
RIAA
.

CRITICAL RECEPTION

The album was mostly well received by critics, one such positive review from Brad Mills at Allmusic , states:

"AZ has been looked upon to do amazing things with his music. Has he lived up to those high expectations? On this album he has. From start to finish, the beats on this album are complex, inventive, and almost perfectly suited for AZ's style of rhyming. He's carefully crafted this album rather than slapped it together overnight to meet his quota, and it shows. It helps immensely that he's brought along people like DR Period, Az Izz, Nas
Nas
, and Buckwild , but they don't outshine the younger AZ and he holds his own well."

He continues by saying; "Lyrically, musically, and historically, AZ has come up with his best work in a long time on this album."

TRACK LISTING

NO. TITLE PRODUCER(S) LENGTH

1. "Once Again" DR Period 2:38

2. "A-1 Performance" Portiay 3:53

3. "Wanna Be There" Chop D.I.E.S.E.L. 3:55

4. "Take It Off" L.E.S. 4:23

5. "The Essence" (featuring Nas
Nas
) Baby Paul 3:29

6. "Hands In The Air" (featuring DJ Rogers Jr.) Precision 4:14

7. "Fan Mail" Miller Time 3:36

8. "Paradise (Life)" Miller Time 2:54

9. "Take Care Of Me" Precision 3:41

10. "I'm Back" (featuring El Shaber ) Buckwild 3:12

11. "Hustler" (featuring Animal & Trav) Chop D.I.E.S.E.L. 4:08

12. "Rebirth" Buckwild 2:00

13. " Aziatic
Aziatic
(Outro)" Chop D.I.E.S.E.L. 0:57

14. "Doing Me" (Bonus Track) Big Joe 3:48

CHART HISTORY

Album
Album

YEAR ALBUM CHART POSITIONS

Billboard 200 Top R&B/Hip Hop Albums

2002 Aziatic #29