Posted by Robert
Rap News Network
7/2/2004 10:24:07 AM
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KOCH Records announces the release of "Final Call," the new full-length album by the critically-acclaimed former member of The Firm, AZ. "Final Call" is the follow-up to his 2002 release, "Aziatic" (on Motown).
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, he also brings forth an impressive lyrical flow that further sets him apart from the flood of New York MCs 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 his career making step-out on NAS' "Life's A Bitch"). With Pete Rock crafting beats for him on his earlier solo outtings, his career took an upswing as he joined rap super group The Firm (featuring NAS, Foxy Brown and Nature) recording with Dr. Dre and Trackmasters.
Since the 1997 release of The Firm's "The Album," AZ has released 3 solo albums that have each sold upward of 200,000 units a piece.
"Final Call," AZ's soon-to-be-released effort, is a rock-solid collection of material 15 brand-new joints. Things are already heating up on the first single "Talking Gangsta" (featuring Tony Sunshine of the Terror Squad), which already started making its way onto mix-tapes and mix shows.
The complete track listing for "Final Call" is as follows:
Intro - Freedom feat. Lemon 8. Magic Hour feat. CL Smooth
1. Omega 9. Livewire
2. The Truth 10. Let Me Know feat. Aaliyah
3. Talking Gangsta feat.
Tony Sunshine 11. Seems That Way
4. Side To Side feat. Ron G 12. Quiet Money Anthem feat. QM
5. You Know feat. Rell 13. Poor Poor People feat. Lemon
6. No Strings 14. I Am AZ
7. Gangsta MC feat. Lemon 15. Girls Are Free
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