These AZ quotes and lyrics from his songs show why the rapper has been Grammy-nominated and has received critical acclaim for his music.
Anthony Cruz, better known by his stage name AZ, began receiving mass recognition after collaborating with fellow rapper and friend, Nas, on the album Illmatic. The pair worked together on the song, “Life’s a Bitch” and AZ was the only guest emcee to appear on that record. This collaboration earned AZ a record deal with EMI and he released his first solo album in 1995 titled Doe or Die.
These AZ quotes are lyrics from his songs that showcase the rapper’s talent to form lyrics out of multi-syllable rhyme schemes as well as internal rhymes and unconventional rhymes. This style is what makes AZ’s work long-lasting and easily recognizable, though he hasn’t produced an album in over 10 years.
We hope you enjoy these AZ quotes.
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Inspirational AZ quotes from his song lyrics
1. “Visualizin’ the realism of life in actuality.” — AZ
2. “I’m destined to live the dream for all my peeps who never made it.” — AZ
3. “Word, time to take Affirmative Action, son.” — AZ
4. “So, how can I be weak? I’m rather unique.” — AZ
AZ quotes from his song lyrics about life
5. “Life’s a bitch and then you die. “That’s why we get high, Cause you never know when you’re gonna go.” — AZ
6. “Visualizin’ the realism of life and actuality, f*ck who’s the baddest, a person’s status depends on salary.” — AZ
7. “I woke up early on my born day; I’m 20, it’s a blessin’. The essence of adolescence leaves my body, now I’m fresh and my physical frame is celebrated ‘cause I made it one quarter through life, some godly-like thing created.” — AZ
8. “Nobody noticed us, nobody gave a sh*t, but the bigger we get the more we’re taking from other people.” — AZ
9. “You never know, it might just be yo’ time, you take yo’ ride to them pearly white gates, watch that suicide.” — AZ
10. “Born alone, die alone.” — AZ
11. “I talk to my boxing trainer, he’s my logic explainer conversations through our combination. He told me, ‘Stick and move,’ and ‘Different rules apply to different women’” — AZ
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AZ quotes and lyrics about money
12. “Let’s keep it real, son, count this money, you know what I’m sayin’? Yeah, yeah.” — AZ
13. “‘Cause, we spendin’ these Jacksons. The Washingtons go to wifey, you know how that go.” — AZ
14. “I’m sayin’ that’s what this is all about, right? Clothes, bankrolls, and hoes.” — AZ
15. “F*ck who’s the baddest, a person’s status depends on salary and my mentality is money-orientated.” — AZ
16. “I’m into bigger cheddar, G’s and better, Armarett-ah’s, Armani sweaters.” — AZ
17. “Money and sex, Gore-Tex, Donna Karan and Guess. Finesse, success through the life stress, mics I bless.” — AZ
18. “Time is money, I need growth for my investment.” — AZ
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The best AZ quotes from his lyrics
19. “My whole persona’s kinda laid back like a recliner, And since a minor, I been fucking with marijuana.” — AZ
20. “Through the fame, through the fire and the flames, I adapt to the pain, real niggas do the same.” — AZ
21. And though we homies and we no longer hang You know you know me, and that love still remains.” — AZ
22. “Play the game for my people, stay in charge of your dreams. Keep your vision focused, get wise, and largen your C.R.E.A.M.” — AZ
23. “Every coast gotta know, I’m the most with the flow, no joke I’m a pro, I’m like The Pope on the low.” — AZ
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24. “We were beginners in the hood as 5 Percenters, but somethin’ must’ve got in us, cause all of us turned to sinners.” — AZ
25. “I got styles sick as hell, sicker than sickle cell anemia, slaughter your circulatory like leukemia.” — AZ
26. “Keepin’ this effervescent street ghetto essence inside us cause it provides us with the proper insight to guide us.” — AZ
27. “Got rhymes 365 days annual.” — AZ
28. “We was already molded into people’s minds as mulignanes. Now we more fucks’d up with a mayor named Giuliani. You can try to blind me, analyze but can’t define me, my mind’s divine, heavily entwined with Gandhi’s.” — AZ
29. “I got this mastered, other rappers’ll graft it, weak and wicked. Camouflagin’ as killers; how they speak and kick it.” — AZ
30. “Peep this uniqueness, non-believers I’m leavin’ speechless. Left to choke as if skunk smoke was comin’ through the speakers.” — AZ
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In 1997 AZ once again collaborated with Nas as well as artists, Foxy Brown and Nature. The group called themselves The Firm and released one album titled The Album. Though the album was created by the supergroup and produced by hip hop legends, Dr. Dre and The Trackmasters, the record was found to be critically disappointing.
In 2002, AZ’s single “The Essence,” featuring Nas, was nominated for a Grammy award, though AZ lost to Outkast and Killer Mike who won the Grammy with their song, “The Whole World.”
AZ went on to create several more solo records until 2010 when he announced his retirement. He has since been living in Englewood, New Jersey with no news of future collaborations or solo albums to be released.
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February 4, 2021 7:00 AM EST