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One of the numerous thoughtful gangsta rappers to emerge from New York during the mid-'90s, AZ enjoyed critical success early in his career, particularly with his debut album, Doe or Die (1995), but commercial success largely eluded him over the years. Born in Brooklyn, he initially garnered attention with his guest feature on "Life's a Bitch," ... See full bio »

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 2012 WE: A Collection of Individuals (performer: "Bendetta") / (writer: "Bendetta")
 2010 2010 Soul Train Awards (TV Special) (writer: "Medley: 10 Seconds; Holding You Down (Goin' in Circles); La Di Da Di; Holding You Down (Goin' in Circles)")
 2009 Fish Tank (writer: "Life's a Bitch" - as Anthony Cruz)
 1999 Light It Up (performer: "That's Real" - as AZ) / (writer: "That's Real" - as Anthony Cruz)
 1998 Bulworth (performer: "Firm Biz" - as AZ) / (writer: "Firm Biz" - as A. Cruz)
 1998 Caught Up (performer: "Rock On" - as AZ) / (writer: "Rock On" - as A. Cruz)
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 2014/II By Chance (Short)
Rocco (as Anthony 'Az' Cruz)
 2005/I Envy
 1998 Belly
Born (as Anthony 'Az' Cruz)
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 2015 Back to Myself (Short) (written by) (completed)
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 2015 Back to Myself (Short) (song: lyrics by) (completed)
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 2015 Back to Myself (Short) (producer) (completed)
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 2015 Back to Myself (Short) (completed)
 2008 Big Pun: The Legacy (Video documentary)
Himself (as Anthony 'Az' Cruz)
 2004 Just to Get a Rep (Documentary)

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