One of the numerous and most talented MC's to emerge from New York during the mid-'90s, AZ enjoyed critical success early in his career, particularly with his debut album, Doe or Die (1995), Born in Brooklyn, he initially garnered attention with his guest feature on "Life's a Bitch," one of the standout tracks on Nas' landmark debut album, Illmatic (1994). In the wake of Doe or Die's critical success, AZ collaborated with Nas in the supergroup the Firm and than released Pieces of a Man (1998), another critical favorite. AZ is known for his smooth, cadence of delivery. He is also known for his use of multi-syllable rhyme schemes, internal rhymes, unconventional rhymes, and a large vocabulary. AllHipHop.com reconizes AZ as "the greatest rapper as far as lyrics and longevity" his style and flow are instantly recognizable. AZ now teams up with DJ Absolut who currently has a show on Hot 97 in New York, as well as a reputation for keeping the hottest parties alive throughout the globe, DJ Absolut is the hottest young powerhouse in the game right now. AZ presents his new mixtape N.4.L (N***AS For Life) with all new material, original produced and mixed by DJ Absolut.