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AZ Shares The Stories Behind 15 Of His Best Verses

“Uncut Raw” – Verse One

Album: Doe Or Die (1995)

AZ: “Uncut Raw”? I was being rebellious. When you are first coming out as an artist, you got so much bottled in. I was young and it was just like a whatever. You know what I mean? So, I was saying a lot of things. I was speaking about me, my people, the things that I know and the things that I’ve seen and the feelings. When we grow up, we always grow up with our peers and just conversating and knowing the mindset of your peers and the era we was in. It was a whatever type of zone.

“Uncut Raw” was basically when you are dealing with drugs, the best drugs is the uncut. You know, raw. Because that’s the most potent. I was just trying being potent with my lyrics and my mindset. Being like—whatever. Poverty-stricken [rhymes], it was me being raw with it. I couldn’t see myself detaching from what I was amongst at the time. That’s what made me, and that’s gonna be the death of me. That’s my mindset coming through the doors and shit.

[“Outta state connect, slugs, sex, drugs and grands.”] I was in that zone. That’s the ’90s. ’94-’95. That’s all it was about was getting money and doing whatever you have to do to survive. That’s always around being from Brooklyn. And then me being around that Queensbridge energy. It was like, “Yo, whatever.” We are New York. This is the energy coming from New York at that time.

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