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Etymology 1 adv. (eye dialect of as English) Etymology 2

n. (non-gloss definition: Name of the letter ''a'' in Cyrillic and Glagolitic alphabets.)


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AZ (rapper)

Anthony Cruz (born March 9, 1972), better known by his stage name AZ, is an American rapper. Born in Brooklyn, NY. He is known for being a longtime 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."AZ first became known by appearing on Nas' landmark 1994 album Illmatic on the song " Life's a Bitch", as well as featuring vocals on the opening track The Genesis. AZ signed with EMI, and soon released his debut album Doe Or Die in 1995 to critical acclaim, but meager commercial success. The album's lead single, "Sugar Hill", became AZ's only major commercial success as a solo artist, reaching #25 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, and achieving Gold status. AZ's EMI contract was transferred to sister label Noo Trybe/ Virgin Records when the EMI Label Group was shut down.

In 1997, he and Nas appeared in a Sprite commercial. Also in 1997 the group The Firm with AZ, Nas, Nature, and Foxy Brown released their only album as a group, The Album. The album featured production from well known producers such as Dr. Dre and the Trackmasters and generated much hype. The group disbanded after just this one album. In 1998 he released his second solo album, Pieces of a Man. The album fared well but did not chart quite as well as his debut and did not feature a crossover single like "Sugar Hill". The same year AZ made a cameo appearance in the movie " Belly" starring Nas, DMX, and Method Man.

After this album's release, AZ signed with Motown/ Universal Records and released 9 Lives. In 2002, he released Aziatic. A single from the album, "The Essence," (featuring Nas) was nominated for the 2003 Grammy Awards for Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group. In 2004 AZ was planning on releasing his would-be 4th studio album, Final Call, however, it was eventually scrapped due to heavy leaking and released as Final Call (The Lost Tapes) in 2008. He released his 5th and 6th studio albums A.W.O.L. and The Format in 2005 and 2006, respectively.

In 2015 AZ teams up with Melbourne (Australian) producer Phil Gektor for A.W.O.L 2. Not much information has been given, but is the sequel to 2005's A.W.O.L. It is unclear as to whether this was commercialised through regular channels, but was advertised via the Hip Hop Collective "Crate Cartel". This album is available via the Crate Cartel bandcamp page.

AZ (label)

AZ is a French record label established in 2002 as an affiliate of Universal with a big list of artists signed or with distribution rights for their releases in France.

Az (people)

Az were a non-Turkic but Turkophone people from present-day Russia whose origins are still vague. Their existence is confirmed by the Tannu-Ola mountains inscriptions of Mugur-Sargol and Bayan-Kol and certain verses of the Göktürks, while describing the battles between the Göktürks and the Kyrgyz. According to the Bayan-Kol inscriptions, the Az were divided to many clans living in the region of Mugur west of the Tannu-Ola mountains. There are also writings from the 8th century (around 714 AD) in Uyghur sources about the uprising of the Az against the Göktürks.

The origin of the Az is disputed; but most researchers agree that they are without much doubt a people of non-Turkic origin, who were influenced by neighboring Turkic people and became Turkophones.

Most research has been done by Russian linguist experts who trace them as close ethnically to Ket people of Yenisei basin in Siberia due to similarities of their original speech with them, but without solid proof. The primary informations on their language was collected by Matthias Castrén in 1845, with further research and information added later by the anthropologist Dmitry Anuchin.

Usage examples of "az".

And as Azim amused himself with linguistic gymnastics, whistling a desert air under his breath for the benefit of his mare and the plodding mule following behind, the most recent subject of his contemplation-but one-knelt in a side chapel of the basilica within the walls of Rhemuth Keep and buried her face in her hands.