AZ Contemplates Releasing Mixtape, Says "Doe Or Die II" May Be His Last Album

AZ shares his thoughts on the Rap game today and says his next album will be his last.

Earlier this week, Hip Hop veteran AZ spoke with SOHH and admitted that with the current state of Hip Hop, his next album Doe or Die II may be his last.

"Going from a major to independent, it's two different zones," he said. "I was doing independent from like '05 and it's a lot of work and then every few years, the game changes itself. This [Doe or Die II] might be definitely be my last album."

AZ admitted that while the game has changed considerably, he has never lost his hunger for the game. "I actually never lost [my hunger] to be honest. It was just a matter of the stars lining up and the doors opening and that certain sound coming back into existence."

The legendary emcee also admitted that he may try a different approach with his last album.

"I might put a mixtape out and then put an album out because this is the last hurrah for me. I've got a couple of cats that come are ready to come out behind me and I've got a good starting team and so I'm just going to play the game."

The Brooklyn, New York veteran's last release was 2009's Legendary, which featured guest appearances from Sheek Louch and Hell Rell

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29 Comments

  • jdot

    It's reassuring to hear AZ refer to "that certain sound". Many people have a hard time deciphering the junk from the good stuff.

  • Anonymous

    Az: Nas, can I be on your new album? Nas: Why would you wanna do that? It flopped. Az: But at least you got paid right? Nas: I actually owe the label money. Az: I think I'll stay indie. Take some money management courses my nigga.

    • hip hop fans need to grow up & stop haring

      The article is about AZ but the haters can't help to mention Nas...THE GOAT! Nas keep you haters MAD/STRESSED about him. NAS CONTINUES TO SELL OUT TOURS, RECEIVE ENDORSEMENTS & GRAMMY NOMINATIONS ALL THE WHILE LOOKING YOUNG, BEING HAPPY & SUCCESSFUL. YOU HATERS WILL ADVENTUALLY LEARN THAT YOUR DELUSIONAL OBSSESSIONS ABOUT NAS CAREER/SUCCESS HAS ABSOLUTELY NO AFFECT ON NASIR JONES' LIFE...HE WILL CONTINUE TO PREVAIL.

  • Anonymous

    man AZ is still new york rap's best kept secret. people say "new york rappers suck now" is because they haven't been supporting the crazy emcees like AZ

  • nammmmmmme

    Nice editing at hip hop dx... Headline "might be his last album" Byline "this will be his last album" First paragraph: "might be his last album"

  • Doublespeak

    AZ greatest emcee ever in my opinion. Man, dude is so nice he would be crazy to only release 1 more album; he's got plenty in the tank still. I can't see it happening, but imagine a Nas/AZ collab album with production from DJ Premier, Pete Rock & Large Professor. That would be some Hip-Hop renaissance shit!

  • Sensaye

    First ballot hall of famer. Has been consisitenly nice since his first verse. I understand how he feels. Even though he's still nice, it's like being the old guy at the party. Satisfying the modern listeners now is like spittin' game at a dumb ass girl. You know you can say the stupid shit she wants to hear, but after a while you feel like it's beneath you.

  • edit your shit hiphopdumbX behing

    edit your fcuking article morons

  • YoungKelzCT

    I need some fresh AZ.. DOE OR DIE II is already CLASSIC... YOU ALREADY KNO

  • Hip Hop please

    Nah, he won't stop He's too dope on the mic to do that

  • jay

    hes ending the legacy because he respects it too much, music just aint the same nomore

  • DAMN SON

    AZ can't retire, too many clown niggas in the game supplying us with garbage, we need the balance

  • jhajha

    "This [Doe or Die II] might be definitely be my last album" What kind of messed up sentence is that? Is it definitly his last album or just possibly his last one?

  • wolfman

    Why do rapper's need to retire? It's like they view the game as an NBA player who can't keep up on the court anymore. I understand the part about the sound changing, but since when has sound ever stopped evolving. Just check through a couple decades to see how far we've come along. If I could say something to AZ, I'd say you have a fan-base you can continue to provide for and for yourself. Just do what you love.

    • donnis mac

      He never said he would stop touring, just retire from releasing albums, which would free him from contractual agreements.

    • Harlem's Reckoning

      I agree to the full with both comments. Music is more of a passion than a job so I'm not sure retirement is the right phraseology. AZ is one of my all time favorites and I'd hate to see him put the mic down.

    • Big Dan

      I've also asked, why artists need to announce their retirement. even if you actually do mean it and it is not a ploy to sell more units (ahem Jay-Z), you might get the itch again and then what? However, in AZ's case, I think its frustration with the game. Dude does not want to come out and sell 5000 units - and not see a penny in royalties. I feel this one here. With just the right moves, he could have been one of the biggest rap stars in the 90s, even if it was just for a couple albums, but that never happened. He had the Motown deal and that did not work out either. Shame. But like someone said, if u still love it and can provide for your family. Keep doing it. People like Rakim are still touring regularly. Drop the album and just start touring as much as you can. No reason why you can't make a qtr mil every year.

  • Harlem's Reckoning

    Damn DX, hire a proofreader. And the state of Hip Hop today is precisely why AZ should not retire.

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  • Nem

    the 90s are comin back nigga dont retire, NOW is when you should go hard and make that 90s boombap shit

  • Anonymous

    bla,blabla another nigga saying he gonna retire. Weak promotion stunt to buy his album. BTW nigga you should have retire 1995 the rest of your shit sound the same as do or die.

  • yeahsonn

    One of the best to ever do it. Can't wait for the album man. Still can't believe AZ wasn't on Life is Good, smh

    • smackblot

      Can't believe that Nas doesn't team up with him. Anyone, listen to 'Life's a Bitch' - Nas just sounds better with AZ's rhymes bouncing off his. Maybe Nas just wants to make his piece of the pie as big as possible.

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