It's now been a decade since AZ's annus horribilis of 2004 where his friendship with Cam'Ron resulted in Nas not clearing Serious
for AZ's Final Call
album before the album leaked onto the internet months before its release date to scathing reviews from XXL causing AZ to scrap the entire project. A handful of its tracks would later go on to fan-favourites which appeared on various unofficial compilations & as bonus tracks on official albums, and the entire album eventually got Lost Tapes-billed CD release
on Koch Records 4 years later in 2008, but unless you're a hardcore AZ maven this entire story probably passed you by, and the album currently finds itself in danger of being relegated from the Comparative Obscurity subsection of the noughties New York rap canon into the depths of Complete Oblivion.
was the first track since How Ya Livin'
where Nas outrapped AZ so it's probably best left as an unofficial entry in the Anthony Cruz catalogue, and shelving Final Call
was a rash decision on AZ's part when the album was cut from the same Coogi sweater & Evisu denim cloth as his previous full-length Aziatic
and contained a bunch of great songs which he could've condensed down into an EP and then sold independently in New York as he'd done 4 years earlier with S.O.S.A promo CD
when he faced similar issues after departing from his Noo Trybe Records deal.
You can't buy Final Call
or anything from it on iTunes/Amazon etc because AZ had a fall out with Bob Perry, and all the RAR file links to it are probably dead at this point, so ya boy Ho Hattie Collins right chea whittled it down to its essentials and uploaded the results for doz dat slept. No Magic Hour
because CL Smooth sounds like a Tomtit on a round of beef over that beat, no You Know
even though I love it because it might be a bit too Rap & Bullshit for all y'all savages, and I ripped No Strings Attached
from the Anthology
compilation because it's mastered better than the one on Final Call
AZ - Final Call (EP edit)
1. Live Wire
2. Talkin' Gangsta
3. Seems That Way
4. I am AZ
5. No Strings Attached
7. The Truth
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