AZ Shares The Stories Behind 15 Of His Best Verses


Album: The Firm: The Album (1997)

AZ: “Desperados,” that wasn’t even my record, honestly. I don’t who it was. Nas record? I don’t know who record it was. We was recording that Firm album, we did that record. I just wanted it to be on my album. I don’t think it made The Firm album. I just wanted to use my album because it had everybody on it. That was on Pieces Of A Man, too. And I just wanted to catch a wreck. I already heard everybody’s verse, and I was trying to see where I fit in on it. I just went in on that record. I did what I did from my angle. Spit my thoughts on it. “Snatched up, in Supreme Court, eyes half shut/co-defendant caught a life sentence, seem him crack up/React what…” I was just trying to keep up. Do what I do.

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  • Ian Piepenbrock

    How are they not even briefly mentioning Canibus’ verse on Desperados? Damn. AZ one of my favourites though.

  • rozenswag

    You had me thinking Life’s a Bitch wasn’t going to make the list. Got me clicking through all 15 though. Well played.


    we movin is that classic az

  • HP

    Before i check Life’s a Bitch or Affirmative Action are number one right?

  • Luke

    “Out of thirty men/ know twenty thats worthy men/ ten is friends/ the other ten’ll probably turn me in” >>>Thats what of my favorite most memorable lines from him. Life’s a bitch is his greatest verse for obvious reasons but seriously AZ has so many great great verses that I dont even know where to start. I just gives props to XXL for even doing this interview I enjoyed hearing all those classic joints again.

    • Luke