AZ Shares The Stories Behind 15 Of His Best Verses

“Gimme Yours” – Verse Two

Album: Doe Or Die (1995)

AZ: “So in God I trust, I lust for a 850-deluxe/And until I touch a million-plus, ain’t much to discuss/Diamonds and double-digits, Gianni Versace…” That was just me growing. Even though both of them songs was on the same album, it was in the process of me starting an album, being that “Uncut” was first and then “Gimme Yours” came down the line. It was like, “Okay, I got me a check now from the record company. I’m on tour.” You know what I mean? And I am growing. I see myself touching that million. Until then, that’s my goal. My whole focus is now until this game. You can just see me in a whole another zone. That’s why I was like, “Gimme me what you can.” I just want it all now. Now, I want it because I am in a position to get it. That was my zone.

When [me and Nas] are in the studio, we get into different zones. At that time–like I said, once again–that energy. People in the studio and their zones. When you are experimenting, art is art. There’s no right way. There’s no right sonic sound or no right way to do it. It sounded good [when Nas sang the hook] in the studio. That’s why I kept it. Me and him was in tune at the time, so I relate to what he was saying. Like, “Yo, we want it all.” We chilling while we on this road because of where we came from and we put ourselves in this position now. Now there’s no looking back.

“Life’s a performance so players play with endurance/Cost for more cents, any villain’s willing to get more intense…” Meaning stay on your job, stay focus, stay doing what you are doing. At any given minute, someone else is ready to do what you ain’t willing to do to get where they got to go.

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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