Release date: June 2002
Aziatic is an album by American rapper AZ, released June 11, 2002. After two albums that received vastly different responses (1998's Pieces of a Man and 2001's 9 Lives), his fourth album is considered AZ's comeback album, which restored his credibility. The album features AZ's flow and style over melodic, soulful production. It featured a duet between AZ and long-time friend and collaborator, Nas, "The Essence", which was nominated for a Grammy for Best Rap Performance By A Duo Or Group.
The album was mostly well received by critics, but despite the positive remarks, the main points of criticism draw from the length of the album, with only three songs breaking past the four minute mark.