Explicit Version. Features DJ Absolut and artists Raekwon; Charlie Rock; Starkim; KC; Max B; Sheek Louch; Trey Songz. Rapper AZ is Anthony Cruz of Brooklyn, NYC who made his debut on Nas` acclaimed 1994 debut, Illmatic, guesting on the track `Life`s A Bitch`. Raised in the same Queensbridge housing project that spawned Mobb Deep, Mic Geronimo and Nas, he instantly made headway in the Billboard R&B, Rap and Pop charts in 1995 with `Sugar Hill`. The single referred to the suburban district so beloved of the black middle-class which had given its name to Rap`s first proper record label. Like Nas before him, AZ`s concerns were firmly rooted in the ghetto life and his attempts to break free from it (`No more cuttin` grams or wrapping grands up in rubber bands`).