The Format/ Vendetta
12" Vinyl Single Record
A thoughtful, literate gangsta rapper in the truest of New York traditions, critics have long celebrated AZ's lyrical prowess. Like local peers Nas and Jay-Z, not only does AZ bring intelligence to his rhymes, but also an impressive flow and delivery that further sets him apart from the flood of New York MC's fighting for survival in the crowded rap game. With a successful underground career dating back to 1995, AZ has often been linked to Nas (beginning with a career making step-out on Nas' "Life's a Bitch" from the album "Illmatic"). With Pete Rock crafting beats for him on his solo outings, his career took a sudden upswing as he joined rap super group The Firm (featuring Nas, Foxy Brown and Nature) recording with Dr. Dre and The Trackmasters. Since 1997 AZ has released a bunch of solo albums and mixtapes that have each sold very well over the years. The latest effort from the rapper is a hot single called "The Format" produced by arguably the number one true Hip Hop beat maker in the world, DJ Premier. Backed with "Vendetta" featuring Fresh with production from J. Cardim, this release is not one to miss.