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Studio album by AZ
Released June 11, 2002
Recorded 2001–2002
Genre Hip hop
Length 47:08
Label Motown
Producer DR Period, Portlay, Chop D.I.E.S.E.L., L.E.S., Baby Paul, Miller Time, Buckwild, Big Joe
AZ chronology
9 Lives
Decade 1994–2004
Singles from Aziatic
  1. "I'm Back"
    Released: September 18, 2001
  2. "Take It Off"
    Released: March 7, 2002
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars [1]
HipHopDX 4.5/5 stars [2]
RapReviews 9/10 stars [3]
Rhapsody favorable [4]
Robert Christgau (3-star Honorable Mention) [5]
Rolling Stone 4/5 stars [6]
Stylus A [7]
The Source 4/5 stars[citation needed]

Aziatic is the fourth studio album by rapper AZ, released on June 11, 2002.


After two albums that received vastly different responses (1998's Pieces of a Man and 2001's 9 Lives), his fourth album is considered AZ's comeback album, which restored his credibility. The album features AZ's flow and style over melodic, soulful production. It featured a duet between AZ and long-time friend and collaborator, Nas, "The Essence", which was nominated for a Grammy for Best Rap Performance By A Duo Or Group. The album went on to sell over 500,000 copies[8] and be certified Gold by the RIAA.

Critical reception[edit]

The album was mostly well received by critics, one such positive review from Brad Mills at Allmusic, states:

"AZ has been looked upon to do amazing things with his music. Has he lived up to those high expectations? On this album he has. From start to finish, the beats on this album are complex, inventive, and almost perfectly suited for AZ's style of rhyming. He's carefully crafted this album rather than slapped it together overnight to meet his quota, and it shows. It helps immensely that he's brought along people like DR Period, Az Izz, Nas, and Buckwild, but they don't outshine the younger AZ and he holds his own well."

He continues by saying; "Lyrically, musically, and historically, AZ has come up with his best work in a long time on this album."

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Producer(s) Length
1. "Once Again" DR Period 2:38
2. "A-1 Performance" Portiay 3:53
3. "Wanna Be There" Chop D.I.E.S.E.L. 3:55
4. "Take It Off" L.E.S. 4:23
5. "The Essence" (featuring Nas) Baby Paul 3:29
6. "Hands In The Air" (featuring DJ Rogers Jr.) Precision 4:14
7. "Fan Mail" Miller Time 3:36
8. "Paradise (Life)" Miller Time 2:54
9. "Take Care Of Me" Precision 3:41
10. "I'm Back" (featuring El Shaber) Buckwild 3:12
11. "Hustler" (featuring Animal & Trav) Chop D.I.E.S.E.L. 4:08
12. "Rebirth" Buckwild 2:00
13. "Aziatic (Outro)" Chop D.I.E.S.E.L. 0:57
14. "Doing Me" (Bonus Track) Big Joe 3:48

Chart history[edit]

Year Album Chart positions
Billboard 200 Top R&B/Hip Hop Albums
2002 Aziatic #29 #5
Year Song Chart positions
Billboard Hot 100 Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks Hot Rap Singles
2002 "I'm Back" - #63 -



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