AZ (born Anthony Cruz), Grammy-nominated rapper. He is known for being a longtime & frequent rhyme partner of Nas, and member of hip-hop group The Firm, with Nas, Foxy Brown, Cormega & Nature. His 1st studio album, Doe or Die, is known for popularizing the theme of mafioso rap, along with Jay-Z's Reasonable Doubt & Nas' It Was Written albums. His hits include Sugar Hill, Gimme Yours, Doe or Die & Problems. About.com placed him at #1 on its list of 10 Most Underrated Rappers of All Time.