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AZ (rapper)

Personal information
Birth nameAnthony Cruz
OriginEast New York, Brooklyn, New York
GenresHip hop, Mafioso rap, Gangsta rap
Years active1992 � Present
LabelsEMI, Noo Trybe/Virgin, Motown, Koch, Real Talk Ent., Quiet Money Records
Associated actsNas, Foxy Brown, The Firm, Cormega, Wu-Tang Clan, DJ Premier, Half a Mill

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Anthony Cruz (born March 9, 1972, in Brooklyn), better known as AZ is a Grammy-nominated American rapper of Dominican & African American descent. He is known for being a long time and frequent rhyme partner of Nas, and also a member of hip-hop group The Firm alongside Nas, Foxy Brown, Cormega and Nature.

In a countdown of the 10 Most Underappreciated Rappers-Most Underrated Rappers of All Time, the editors of listed AZ as #1 on the list. He was also included on's list of the Top 50 MCs of Our Time (1987 � 2007), where he was described as "arguably the most underrated lyricist ever."

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