Rakim Narrates & The Firm Appears In Documentary On AZ (Video)
In 2004, Nas famously made single “The Unauthorized Biography Of Rakim” for his Street’s Disciple album. The Queensbridge MC paid homage to the lyrical half of Eric B. & Rakim through a compelling narrative. In 2016, Rakim emerges to help tell the story of one of Nas’ band-mates in The Firm. In a new BET special, the iconic Long Island, New York MC narrates a look at AZ’s 1995 EMI Records debut, Do Or Die.
In the webisode voice-over, Rakim refers to Doe Or Doe as “an instant classic” album, also acknowledging its #1 on the Rap/R&B charts. The doc traces Tha Visualiza’s childhood move from Crown Heights to East New York, both sections of Brooklyn, New York. It also traces AZ’s ties to Stetsasonic, and Daddy-O in particular, in the neighborhood, prior to his days of running with Nas.
The second part reveals extensive elements of the verse that would get AZ a manager. It traces his rise to meeting Nas, as well as working with Pete Rock. The work explains his album signing, and garnering huge interest from label executives regarding AZ’s debut album.
The Firm’s Nas and Foxy Brown appear, along with Raekwon, Pete Rock, DJ Premier, Daddy-O, as well as family and childhood friends.
In total, AZ has released eight studio albums. Additionally, the Quiet Money Entertainment founder also released The Firm album with Nas, Foxy, and Nature on Dr. Dre’s Aftermath Entertainment. In 2010, he put out a special Doe Or Die: 15th Anniversary project, his most recent release.
Additional segments of the 20th anniversary are expected to be released.