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 03-12-2012, 01:21 PM         #1
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Old News: Harlem Drug KingPin AZ Sues Rapper AZ for using his alias, and won. (New York Times)
 

 
image Kinda relevant today...seeing as how their are 20+ threads in the past 2 pages talking about a certain Miami rapper using someones REAL government name on some fake sh-t....Interesting this guy got a half a mill based on the fact that someone used his ALIAS image

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 What's In A Name? 450g - New York Daily News

'I was shot nine times. Twice in the head."

Azie Faison, a former drug dealer known on Harlem streets as "AZ," is distinguishing himself from that other AZ, the rapper whose recent single "Sugar Hill" went gold.

"Someone point a gun and put it on your forehead and you see them pull the trigger. . . . It was like a very learning experience for me."

Faison considers this experience hard enough earned that nobody should be able just to adopt the tag AZ and sing about being a Sugar Hill drug dealer. This other AZ on the videos looks as if he was never shot, not even once.
"He look like a little kid to me," Faison says. So, Faison figures that he was only right in suing. The papers his lawyer filed in Manhattan Federal Court last year charged that the other AZ had stolen not just his client's moniker but a persona that arose from a career as a young drug dealer.

That career ended abruptly on Aug. 21, 1987, when Faison and five other people were shot in a drug rip-off by none other than Ronald Timmons of the notorious Timmons twins.

Faison arrived at Lincoln Hospital to have a detective take a dying declaration.

"His exact words were, 'Mr. Faison, you know you are dying, right?' " Faison remembers. "My exact words were, 'I hope not.' "

For reasons he can ascribe only to the Almighty, Faison survived. He gave up the narcotics trade to become AZ, rap singer of righteousness.

"I felt I had a message, to tell the people what happened to me; that I saw God," Faison says. "I was trying to show them right over wrong."

The public reaction was as might have been predicted.

"People didn't want to hear that," Faison says. "I was definitely ahead of my time."

Last year, Faison ended up broke on a stoop in Sugar Hill across from the dry cleaners where he had worked for $75 a week before becoming a drug dealer. He suffered a surprise to rival that of being shot when somebody handed him a red and black flyer announcing that a rapper named AZ was coming out with a song called "Sugar Hill."

"I felt this to be very strange," Faison says.

Over the days ahead, AZ posters were plastered all over the neighborhood. Faison was met with the same question everywhere he went.

"People were coming up, saying, 'When's your single out?' " Faison says. "I said, 'I don't have any record coming out.' "

One friend stopped by to urge Faison to share some of the wealth that was surely rolling his way.

"I said, 'What?' " Faison recalls. "He said, 'Stop playing me, A-man. Give me some money. Where's your car? I know you got something new out here now.' "

Faison was at another friend's house when he heard the deejay say, "AZ for real on Sugar Hill."

He then heard this other AZ sing the single promised by the flyers and posters. The song was a first-person account of a Sugar Hill drug dealer who becomes a "recovered man."

"I said, 'This sounds like me,' " Faison says. "I said, 'I'm AZ and I was born and raised in the heart of Sugar Hill.' I said, 'This don't make sense.' "

Somebody urged Faison to sue and he retained attorney Lawrence Weiss. The suit docketed as 95 Civ. 7110 in Manhattan Federal Court alleged that the other AZ, real name Anthony Cruz, "appropriated to himself the name, identity, persona and life story of the plaintiff."

In recompense, Faison asked for $10 million. He also sought to enjoin Cruz from using the name AZ, as this was "likely to cause confusion and mistake, and to deceive consumers and others, as to the affiliation, connection and a.ssociation of defendant with plaintiff."

Cruz' lawyers denied that their client had ripped off anybody's identity. They also suggested that Faison could not claim protective right to letters of the alphabet. "You or I could pick up the same AZ and go out there and perform," attorney Donald Zakarin says.

In the depositions, Faison gave sworn statements as to his status as a bona fide former drug dealer known as AZ who had been shot nine times. The lawyers in April agreed to a settlement whose terms the parties are prohibited from discussing.

Faison does indicate that his remuneration is some $9,550,000 less than he sought. He says he is using the money to bankroll a record of his own. He will be a.ssuming a new rap name based on A's status as the first letter of the alphabet and Z's as the 26th.

"I'm '1-26,' now," Faison says.

"But, you can come up to Harlem and ask anybody who's the real AZ."

33 comments for "Old News: Harlem Drug KingPin AZ Sues Rapper AZ for using his alias, and won. (New York Times)"

 03-12-2012, 01:23 PM         #2
DrX  OP
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i never knew this,,,i knew he was mad but i didnt think he won
 03-12-2012, 01:26 PM         #3
drumgangP  OP
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 DrX said:
i never knew this,,,i knew he was mad but i didnt think he won
Got some nice change. All over his alias.....damn...n*ggas using another mans government for profit, and that man cant even eat off it....yet the justice system let this n*gga get a check.


 03-12-2012, 01:28 PM         #4
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Recent single "Sugar Hill" just went gold.. Is this article from '95?
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Delbert Mengel 28 heat pts28
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 tmitch19 said:
Recent single "Sugar Hill" just went gold.. Is this article from '95?
just click on the link man

Wednesday, June 26, 1996
 6 years ago '07        #6
Cambury 39 heat pts39
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I wuld think this verdict would b the basis Freeway rick Ross can use for his case
 6 years ago '10        #7
USC 79 heat pts79
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It's not about what you know, its who you know.
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Damagegadget 492 heat pts492
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That's Bullsh*t though cuz AZ had a reason to name himself AZ his name is Anthony CruZ
but what's Ross' reason?


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 6 years ago '10        #10
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I thought AZ's (the rapper) name was AZ because of the first and last letters of his actual name (Anthony Cruz).
 6 years ago '10        #11
Ant McQueen 16 heat pts16
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JuJu beat me to it.. LOL.
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AZ ain't been the same since E-40 dissed him
He got one classic album (his first) and the rest got a few good songs and the rest is garbage, sad really, that first album of his I liked more then Illmatic by Nas... but AZ aint dropped anythign of that quality since then.
 03-12-2012, 01:58 PM         #13
drumgangP  OP
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 tmitch19 said:
Recent single "Sugar Hill" just went gold.. Is this article from '95?
Notice how my OG thread title is "Old News"



n*ggas on boxden dont read. They just stan
 03-12-2012, 02:00 PM         #14
drumgangP  OP
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 #1nasfan said:
That's Bullsh*t though cuz AZ had a reason to name himself AZ his name is Anthony CruZ
but but what's Ross' reason?
So a famous drug dealer from the same borough as you nicknamed AZ, that actually grew up in "Sugar Hill" and your rap songs are tales about his upbringing....and the sh*ts named "Sugar Hill"


...coincidence? lol
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 drumgangP said:
So a famous drug dealer from the same borough as you nicknamed AZ, that actually grew up in "Sugar Hill" and your rap songs are tales about his upbringing....and the sh*ts named "Sugar Hill"


...coincidence? lol
Anthony Cruz is from Brooklyn, Azie is from the Bronx, moved to Harlem
 03-12-2012, 02:18 PM         #16
drumgangP  OP
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 #1nasfan said:
Anthony Cruz is from Brooklyn, Azie is from the Bronx, moved to Harlem
Thas cool and all. I know you prolly read that in rap mags and stuff...but read the article lol. Dude said himself he was born and raised in Sugar Hill....and apparently the law agreed, they gave him 450K for it
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 drumgangP said:
Thas cool and all. I know you prolly read that in rap mags and stuff...but read the article lol. Dude said himself he was born and raised in Sugar Hill....and apparently the law agreed, they gave him 450K for it
Sugar Hill is a section of harlem, and im sure AZ had heard of Azie and maybe was even inspired by him to write "Sugar Hill" but, he could have easily fought that seeing as how his name is Anthony Cruz,looks like to me the label just paid the dude to go away cuz giving up 450,000>>> possibly having to give up 10 Mill, most people who thought they actually deserved 10 Mill wouldn't take 450,000, that n*gga knew he wasn't about to win that sh*t.
 03-12-2012, 02:51 PM         #18
drumgangP  OP
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 #1nasfan said:
Sugar Hill is a section of harlem, and im sure AZ had heard of Azie and maybe was even inspired by him to write "Sugar Hill" but, he could have easily fought that seeing as how his name is Anthony Cruz,looks like to me the label just paid the dude to go away cuz giving up 450,000>>> possibly having to give up 10 Mill, most people who thought they actually deserved 10 Mill wouldn't take 450,000, that n*gga knew he wasn't about to win that sh*t.
In New York that 450K in 1996 was big paper. Especially to someone like AZ who wasnt exactly ever expected to bring home platinum plaques and sh. If the label thought they couldve won, they wouldve. Much like a current situation going on now.
 03-12-2012, 02:55 PM         #19
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 katalist said:
AZ ain't been the same since E-40 dissed him
He got one classic album (his first) and the rest got a few good songs and the rest is garbage, sad really, that first album of his I liked more then Illmatic by Nas... but AZ aint dropped anythign of that quality since then.
funniest sh*t I read all day...lol at E-40 corny a.ss denting az....nobody remembers that diss b
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 drumgangP said:
In New York that 450K in 1996 was big paper. Especially to someone like AZ who wasnt exactly ever expected to bring home platinum plaques and sh. If the label thought they couldve won, they wouldve. Much like a current situation going on now.
but they low-balled the sh*t out of him, they always offer a settlement if u have even a little bit of a case, which is what he had imo, u never know what could happen in court so u give that dude 450,000 , cuz u most definitely don't wanna even risk losing 10 mill.
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