Not to be confused with Azie Faison, who used the stage name A.Z.


Birth name

Anthony Cruz

Also known as

AZ the Visualiza, Sosa


9 March 1972
Brooklyn, New York, United States


Hip hop



Years active



EMI (1995-1997)
Noo Trybe Records (1998)
Motown (2001-2002)
Fastlife (2005)
Quiet Money Records (2006)
Koch Records (2007-2008)
Real Talk Entertainment (2009)

Associated acts

Ali Vegas, Amil, Buckwild, DJ Premier, The Firm, L.E.S., M.O.P., Nas, Statik Selektah, Styles P, Wu-Tang Clan

Anthony Cruz (born 9 March 1972), better known by his stage name AZ, is an American rapper from Brooklyn, New York. He is known for being a longtime associate of Nas, and also a member of hip hop group The Firm. Cruz is of African-American and Dominican descent.

Cruz made his debut in 1994 on Nas' album Illmatic with a guest feature on the song "Life's a Bitch". Cruz signed with EMI, and released his debut album, Doe or Die, in 1995 to critical acclaim and commercial success. His second album, Pieces of a Man, was released in 1998 but did not chart quite as well as his debut. Cruz signed with Motown later in 1998 and released two albums on the label: 9 Lives in 2001 and Aziatic in 2002. AZ has since released all of his albums on independent labels to varying levels of success.


Studio albumsEdit

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