Potentially the most underrated rapper of all time, AZ never achieved the same fame or fortune as his collaborators Nas and Foxy Brown, who together formed hip-hop supergroup The Firm in the late ‘90s. In fact, the Brooklyn rapper’s greatest success came with his 1995 debut Doe Or Die, an integral piece of the East Coast’s Mafioso rap heritage led by infectiously-hooked single “Sugar Hill” and the MC’s smooth flow—not to mention production from the likes of Pete Rock. And though he’s released seven proper records and a handful of compilations since then, Doe Or Die remains the greatest testament to his street-minded storytelling abilities. Touring on his hallmark record’s 15th anniversary edition, sprinkled with new tracks and reduxes, AZ has to know it’s better to have one classic record than none at all. With Luck One, Quarter After, DJ Gumbeaux, DJ Seabefore. NICK FELDMAN

Sun., March 13, 8 p.m., 2011

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