A.W.O.L. (album)

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Studio album by AZ
Released September 6, 2005 (2005-09-06)
Recorded 2005
Genre East Coast hip hop
Length 54:33
Label Quiet Money
AZ chronology
Decade 1994–2004
The Format
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[1]
Cokemachineglow (70/100)[2]
HipHopDX 3/5 stars[3]
IGN (8.0/10)[4]
PopMatters favorable[5]
Rhapsody favorable[6]
Stylus B[7]

A.W.O.L. is the fifth studio album by rapper AZ, released on September 6, 2005. It was recorded after Final Call, which AZ declined to release because his label had pushed its release back two months—according to him, they were also the source of its early leak to the press and the internet. Garnering critical praise with production from highly regarded New York underground acts such as DJ Premier, Buckwild, and DipSet production duo the Heatmakerz, the rapper abandoned his previously money-oriented subject matter, stating that he "wanted it to be all street.[8] A.W.O.L. is the first album AZ released on his own Quiet Money Records imprint. A.W.O.L. 1.5 was released several months later, which included a bonus disc featuring a cappella and instrumental versions to the songs on A.W.O.L..

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Producer(s) Length
1. "So Sincere (Intro)" Heatmakerz 1:57
2. "Never Change" Heatmakerz 4:26
3. "New York" (featuring Ghostface Killah & Raekwon) Emile 3:45
4. "Can't Stop" Frade 4:15
5. "Still Alive" Vinny Idol 4:04
6. "AZ's Chillin'" Fizzy Womack 3:55
7. "City of Gods" Disco D 4:14
8. "Street Life" (featuring Half-A-Mil & Begetz) J-Hen 4:33
9. "Bedtime Story" Baby Paul, Jimi Kendrix 2:12
10. "The Come Up" DJ Premier 3:46
11. "Envious" (featuring Bounty Killer) Moss 2:57
12. "A.W.O.L." Vinny Idol 3:40
13. "Live Wire*" Buckwild 10:49
14. "Magic Hour*" (featuring CL Smooth) Tone Mason n/a
15. "The Truth*" (featuring Ralo) DJ Absolut n/a

note*:Track 13, 14 and 15 are the 3 tracks contained on track 13 which is 10:49 in length. It is one continuous track. All 3 tracks are available, separately, on his Final Call (The Lost Tapes) album.

Sample Credits[edit]

Street Life

Bedtime Story

The Come Up


Magic Hour

Album singles[edit]

Single information
"The Come Up"
  • Released: July 26, 2005
  • B-Side: "Magic Hour"

Chart history[edit]

Year Album Chart positions
Billboard 200 Top R&B/Hip Hop Albums Top Rap Albums Top Independent Albums
2005 A.W.O.L. 73 17 10 5


  1. ^ Allmusic review
  2. ^ Cokemachineglow review Archived February 12, 2010, at the Wayback Machine.
  3. ^ HipHopDX review
  4. ^ IGN review
  5. ^ PopMatters review
  6. ^ Rhapsody review Archived June 2, 2009, at the Wayback Machine.
  7. ^ Stylus review Archived August 1, 2009, at the Wayback Machine.
  8. ^ Kayser, Brian (1 August 2005). "DJ Premier Interview". Retrieved 25 March 2011. 

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