For all the rap world emphasis on sales or popularity, what about consistency? One MC who has epitomized reliability, in the form of world-class lyricism, throughout his career is Brooklyn’s own Anthony “AZ” Cruz. While too many wannabe rappers preposterously speak of retirement before even dropping their first sub-par album, AZ has released eight official albums, not including The Firm and S.O.S.A. projects, and has no plans on stopping. The Visualiza’s latest album, Undeniable, proves he hasn’t lost a step on the mic and is another piece of evidence to support his fan’s faithful rally of “most underrated rapper,” ever.AllHipHop.com: Undeniable, you call it your eighth wonder, hows the reception been for you?AZ: Its been real good you. I just felt like I stepped it up conversational wise, you know, the lyrics [are] always my main thing but I touched a few topics, to me its like my real autobiography it just expresses where I came from, where Im going and where Im at. So I love Undeniable. You cant deny it once you listen to it.AllHipHop.com: What made you make that joint at the end of the album a hidden track, the song after The Hardest?AZ: We finished the album right and I had a couple of joints. The way I was going with the album it was like, Alright let me start off hard body, let them know that this is what I do and then I wanted to get real I wanted to change the direction of the conversation and the music. I really didnt want to go too hard because the two prior albums which were A.W.O.L and The Format was real street and I wanted to still stay street conversation wise. I just wanted to go in a different direction so I had a couple of street joints laying around but then I heard that joint and I always put a goodie at the end; all my albums I got a hidden track.[AZ “Undeniable”]AllHipHop.com: Youve got like a unique perspective where youve done work independent and youve also done it as far as on a major. Would you ever go back to a major label situation?AZ: The only way Id go back as long as my label its an umbrella thing, you know, were doing business together not as an artist. My label go under that umbrella and we can make some moves, the fact that I know both sides now I can go back with my label and a couple of my artists and still let me be the boss.AllHipHop.com: Now there was like a situation as far as versions of Go Getta with Ray J being on your album and his album. Has that been resolved?AZ: Its been resolved to an extent. We recorded it, we didnt know what we was going to do with it. I was really iffy with the song, he was iffy with the song we just did it and at the end of the day let a few people hear it, they liked it and I guess me and him wasnt really conversing at that time so we was dealing with the people that was in the studio and I decided to put it on my album and Im sure he was with it and I guess he was doing a new version for [his] album. I guess he was really was just moving around people, the powers that be, and put somebody else on the album for his version and my version and it was just a mix up, a bunch of bulls**t. But at the end of the day originally me and him started the record from scratch. We wrote that record we did that in two hours. He did his singing part, then I did my lyrics, he did his singing part, then my lyrics and it was all done in two hours and we both just left it there, we didnt stress it. So when I started pitching songs it kind of went with the concept of what I was tryin to do musically on my album so thats why I wanted it. AllHipHop.com: The media and artists are always harping on the negative or the bad things they see in Hip-Hop today, what are some positives you see?AZ: I mean I see a lot of positive. I see what Reverend Run has brought to the table, what Ice Cube brought to the table, Queen Latifah, LL, Maseits a lot of positively that came out the game. Even though theres knuckleheads in the game they still made jobs available for other homies in the hood so you know you got your good stuff and your bad stuff. Thats with anything you got yin and yang with anything, everybody wanna talk up the f***ed up s**t.AllHipHop.com: We heard a rumor at one point in time you had a romantic relationship with Foxy Brown, you wanna confirm that?AZ: [Laughs] Get the hell out of here. Nah thats my peoples man. Thats my peoples at the end of the day. [Laughs] That was funny.AllHipHop.com: You got eight solo albums just you and thats not even counting The Firm stuff. Lets say you could speak to the AZ that had just dropped who had just started hitting the scene with Lifes a Bitch, what would you tell yourself?AZ: [Laughs] Make sure you surround yourself with good people young fella and stay business oriented, dont get caught up in a lot of bulls**t and keep your stuff tight, learn about the game. Thats the most important cause it is a game, you gotta learn to master the game and make sure the people thats running your business is on top of their business. [AZ f/ Styles P “The Hardest”]AllHipHop.com: One thing people have always appreciated about you is that youve never been the Oh Im retiring after this album type. Youve always consistently wanted to drop new music. So whats next? AZ: Oh yeah, I got a soundtrack. Im getting ready to shoot my own little movie in the next month or so called Silent Wars. I pulled the soundtrack together with Quiet Money [AZs label], put the soundtrack together with a few of my artists. Me and DJ Absolut doing a mixtape thats gonna be major, its gonna be crazy, crazy you know what Im saying. I guess Ill talk about it later on if we have another conversation but were gonna be doing a mixtape album thats coming out real soon, next month or so, then the soundtrack and then, you know, keep it moving.