2013 is officially starting off with a bang for AZ, as the Grammy-Nominated Recording Artist, makes his highly anticipated return to the Hip-Hop scene with the release of his highly-anticipated new LP Doe Or Die II, which will be released later this year. AZ wet the appetites of fans for Doe Or Die II in early January with his “Genesis” freestyle.
Since the release of the Doe or Die anniversary album in 2011, AZ has been working to perfect each song for the new album; and fans will definitely be pleased with the follow up.
AZ first became known by appearing on Nas’ landmark 1994 album, Illmatic, as his hook on “Life’s A Bitch” still resounds today and he was also featured on Illmatic’s opening opus “The Genesis”. AZ was the only guest feature on Illmatic and soon thereafter he signed with EMI and released his own debut LP Doe Or Die in 1995 to widespread critical acclaim. The album’s lead single, “Sugar Hill”, became one of AZ’s major commercially successful records as a solo artist, reaching #25 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, and achieving Gold status. In 2002, he released Aziatic from which his single “The Essence“ f/ Nas was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group. AZ has since released four solo-LP’s (his solo release Undeniable also made a high debut on the Billboard charts) and worked with artists such as Nas, RZA, DJ Premier, Ghostface, Raekwon, Pete Rock, Buckwild, Trackmasters, Emile, Lil Fame, Phonte, Sheek Louch, Styles P, Foxy Brown, Beanie Sigel, Nottz, Large Professor, Bink, MoSS, & Statik Selektah and remained a constant staple with fans and critics alike.
Today, AZ is back and better than ever and to launch his forthcoming Doe Or Die II release, he will be headed out for a world tour with the legendary DJ Doo Wop and has announced the first set of dates for the tour (including his first trek to Europe since 2010).
AZ Doe Or Die II Tour Dates:
2-1-2013- Bla Oslo, Norway
2-2-2013- Le Tamanoir Gennevilliers, France
2-6-2013- An Club Athens, Greece
2-7-2013- Pierwsze Miejsce Szczecin, Poland
2-8-2013 Klub 55 Warsaw, Poland
2-9-2013 Club Brooklyn Wroclaw, Poland
2-10-2013- Megaclub Katowice, Poland
3-14-2013- Middle East Cambridge, MA
AZ’ will be leaking a new track from Doe Or Die II in February and it is entitled “We Moving” and it is produced by Statik Selektah
Check out the new Genesis freestyle and stay tuned for Doe or Die II coming soon.