Pieces of a Man (AZ album)

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Pieces of a Man
AZ - Pieces of a Man.jpg
Studio album by AZ
Released April 7, 1998
Recorded 1997−1998
Genre East Coast hip hop, mafioso rap
Length 51:23
Label Noo Trybe
Producer Goldfinga & Gucci Jones, L.E.S., Trackmasters, Kenny "Smoove" Kornegay, The RZA, Nashiem Myrick, Tony Dofat
AZ chronology
Doe or Die
(1995)Doe or Die1995
Pieces of a Man
S.O.S.A. (Save Our Streets AZ)
(2000)S.O.S.A. (Save Our Streets AZ)2000
Singles from Pieces of a Man
  1. "Hey AZ (non-album single)"
    Released: August 1997
  2. "What's the Deal"
    Released: 1998
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars link
RapReviews 8.0/10 link

Pieces of a Man is the second studio album by rapper AZ. The album was highly praised for its complex and insightful lyricism. The first single was intended to be "Hey AZ" featuring SWV, using the same sample as Mariah Carey's song "Honey", "Hey DJ" by The World's Famous Supreme Team. Both were released in summer of 1997. A video for "Hey AZ" was shot, but the song was not included on the album release in the spring of 1998. The album went on to sell over 438,000 copies[1] After the release of the album, Noo Trybe Records took AZ off of their roster.

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Producer(s) Length
1. "New Life (Album Intro)" Goldfinga 1:22
2. "I'm Known" Goldfinga 2:11
3. "How Ya Livin'" (featuring Nas) L.E.S. 4:30
4. "Trading Places" Trackmasters 3:43
5. "What's the Deal" (featuring Kenny Greene) Trackmasters 3:56
6. "Love Is Love" (featuring Half-A-Mil & Nature) Goldfinga, Gucci Jones & AZ 5:14
7. "The Pay Back" Goldfinga & Gucci Jones 3:06
8. "Just Because" L.E.S. 2:53
9. "SOSA" Trackmasters 2:05
10. "It's a Boy Thing" (featuring Nature) Trackmasters 4:02
11. "Pieces of a (Black) Man" Trackmasters 3:44
12. "Last Dayz" (featuring Monifah) Smoove 5:19
13. "Whatever Happened (The Birth)" (featuring RZA) RZA 3:37
14. "Trial of the Century" (featuring Foxy Brown & Panama P.I.) Nashiem Myrick 4:27
15. "Betcha Don't Know" (featuring Keanna Henson) Tony Dofat 3:54
Total length: 51:23


Chart history[edit]

Year Album Chart positions
Billboard 200 Top R&B/Hip Hop Albums
1998 Pieces of a Man 22 5


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