Doe or Die [Explicit Lyrics]

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All Music Guide - Stanton Swihart
In 1995 it was easy to confuse comrades and collaborators Nas and AZ, so similar in style were their street-schooled lyrical concerns and their austere, lazy-eyed rhyming styles. AZ, in fact, first came to the attention of the rap scene by contributing a verse to the former's classic 1994 single "Life's a Bitch." To compound the resemblance, he called upon Pete Rock to produce a couple tracks "Gimme Your's" and "Rather Unique," both stellar on this introductory recording, just as Nas had on his classic debut. The two albums are very much the twin sides of the same double-headed coin. They are so closely connected, in fact, that it's difficult to pinpoint where Doe or ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stanton Swihart
In 1995 it was easy to confuse comrades and collaborators Nas and AZ, so similar in style were their street-schooled lyrical concerns and their austere, lazy-eyed rhyming styles. AZ, in fact, first came to the attention of the rap scene by contributing a verse to the former's classic 1994 single "Life's a Bitch." To compound the resemblance, he called upon Pete Rock to produce a couple tracks "Gimme Your's" and "Rather Unique," both stellar on this introductory recording, just as Nas had on his classic debut. The two albums are very much the twin sides of the same double-headed coin. They are so closely connected, in fact, that it's difficult to pinpoint where Doe or Die's points of departure are located. Many of its character sketches the Buckwild-produced "Ho Happy Jack", urban-caked admonitions "Mo Money Mo Murder," on which Nas, in fact, turns up to return the favor, the equally hard-hitting title track, and gritty expressions of love "I Feel for You," a pumped-up "One Love" are every bit as meditative and literate, peppered with authentic, incisive documentary detail. Ultimately, AZ's album is not quite as compact and consistent, and, unlike its mirror-image, its focus lapses right toward the end. But while Doe or Die is not quite on an artistic par with, not quite the free-flowing masterpiece as, the landmark Illmatic, it is not at all far behind in terms of quality, either. Certainly it was one of the strongest, most promising debut efforts of 1995, and probably one of the year's strongest rap albums period. And as with Nas, he would have a difficult time following up on this early juggernaut.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/10/1995
  • Label: Capitol
  • UPC: 724383263127
  • Catalog Number: 32631
  • Sales rank: 26,656

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Intro (1:18)
  2. 2 Uncut Raw (2:59)
  3. 3 Gimme Your's - Nas (3:07)
  4. 4 Ho Happy Jackie (3:34)
  5. 5 Rather Unique (4:49)
  6. 6 I Feel For You (3:03)
  7. 7 Sugar Hill (4:09)
  8. 8 Mo Money, Mo Murder (6:32)
  9. 9 Doe Or Die (3:23)
  10. 10 We Can't Win - Amar (3:33)
  11. 11 Your World Don't Stop (4:18)
  12. 12 Sugar Hill (4:18)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
AZ Primary Artist
Erica Scott Background Vocals
Amar Track Performer
Technical Credits
AZ Producer, Executive Producer
D Producer
John Kogan Engineer
Joe Pirrera Engineer
Jamey Staub Engineer
Jason Vogel Engineer
Buck Wild Producer
Lindsey Williams Executive Producer
N.O. Joe Arranger, Producer
Pete Rock Producer
Henry Marquez Art Direction
John Gamble Engineer
Ski Remixing
Jack Hersca Engineer
L.E.S. Producer, Remixing
Amar Producer
Void Caprio Engineer
Miguel Rivera Cartel Contributor
Daniel Hastings Cartel Contributor
Lunatic Mind Producer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    ONE OF THE ILLEST

    YO AZ IS IN THE TOP FIVE OF TODAYS RAPPERS.FOR SOME REASON HE HAS NOT HAD THE COMMERCIAL SUCCESS THAT YOU NEED IN HIP HOP.I DONT UNDERSTAND HOW CATS LIKE CHINGY CAN GO PLATINUM WITH OUT BRINGING SOMETHING NEW TO THE TABLE.I THINK AZ IS ONE OF THE MOST SLEPT ON ARTIST OF OUR GENERATION.KEEP DOING YA THING SOSA.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    AZ is tha realness

    AZ never really had commercial success, but he always brought his lyrics to the table. I have to say AZ is one of the best lyricist in the game today. No can measure with his word play. AZ has a lot of talent. I just hope people realize soon. Doe or Die is a classic album for years to come.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The Classic Debut!

    This debut album of AZ has to be one of the best debuts of all-time (up there with Illmatic, Ready to Die, Reasonable Doubt, etc). Every track on here is banging with great beats and tight lyrics. The same lyrical monster you heard on Nas's "Lifes A..", has stepped his game up on his own album. AZ came thru on this one by telling hood stories, surviving on the streets, and social/political tracks. One of the best lyricist to step into the game, and many people dont even know it. S.O.S.A!

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