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Aziatic
Aziatic
is the fourth studio album by the 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[edit] After two albums that received vastly differing responses (Pieces of a Man in 1989 and 9 Lives in 2001), 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 includes a duet between AZ and his 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 sold over 500,000 copies[8] and was certified Gold by the RIAA. Critical reception[edit] The album was mostly well received by critics. One such positive review from Brad Mills at Allmusic, says, "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, and Buckwild, but they don't outshine the younger AZ and he holds his own well."[1] He continues by writing, "Lyrically, musically, and historically, AZ has come up with his best work in a long time on this album."[1] Track listing[edit]

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) 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[edit]

Album

Year Album Chart positions

Billboard 200 Top R&B/Hip Hop Albums

2002 Aziatic #29 #5

Singles

Year Song Chart positions

Billboard Hot 100 Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks Hot Rap Singles

2002 "I'm Back" - #63 -

Samples[edit]

"Once Again"

"Welcome Back" by John Sebastian

"A-1 Performance"

"She Can Wait Forever" by George Duke

"Wanna Be There"

"I Just Want To Be There" by Ronnie Dyson

"The Essence"

"Musical Love" by Mary Jane Girls

"Fan Mail"

"Each Day I Cry A Little" by Eddie Kendricks

"Paradise (Life)"

"Just As Long As We Have Love" by Wilbert Longmire

"I'm Back"

"Loving You The Second Time Around" by Eddie Kendricks

"Hustler"

"I'm A Bachelor" by The Temptations

"Rebirth"

"Important Project" by Keith Mansfield

" Aziatic
Aziatic
(Outro)"

"Life's A Bitch" by Nas
Nas
Feat. AZ "Doe Or Die" by AZ

References[edit]

^ a b c Brad Mills, Aziatic
Aziatic
at AllMusic ^ DeMarco Williams, "AZ - Aziatic", HipHopDX, July 5, 2002 ^ Steve 'Flash' Juon, "AZ :: Aziatic :: Motown", RapReviews, June 25, 2002 ^ Rhapsody review Archived June 22, 2009, at the Wayback Machine. ^ Robert Christgau, Aziatic
Aziatic
(Motown, 2002) ^ Rob Marriott, "AZ Aziatic", Rolling Stone, July 2, 2002 ^ Stylus review Archived February 1, 2010, at the Wayback Machine. ^ "AZ Interview". 

External links[edit]

Aziatic
Aziatic
at Discogs

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Studio albums

Doe or Die Pieces of a Man 9 Lives Aziatic A.W.O.L. The Format Undeniable Legendary Doe or Die
Doe or Die
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Compilation albums/mixtapes

S.O.S.A. (Save Our Streets AZ) Decade 1994–2004 The Memphis Sessions: The Remix-Tape N.4.L. (Niggaz 4 Life) Final Call (The Lost Tapes) Anthology (B-Sides & Unreleased) G.O.D. (Gold, Oil & Diamonds) Doe or Die: 15th Anniversary

Collaboration album

The Firm: The Album

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