Anthony Cruz (born March 9, 1972), better known by his stage name AZ, is an American rapper from East New York, Brooklyn, New York. ‘S.O.S.A. Originally released in 2000 (Save Our Streets AZ)’ is a companion album made to promote AZ’s then-upcoming album ‘9 Lives’. It features ten tracks, and has songs that are not found on AZ’s other. It was distributed in the streets, as AZ was a free agent at the time and was in the process of finding a new label after his deal with Noo Trybe Records ended.