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  • Audio CD (April 3, 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Imports
  • ASIN: B006IZN4WM
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (63 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #843,327 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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AZ brought it on this CD like Nas did on "Illmatic".
Anthony Hanes
AZ lyrically shines on "Doe Or Die", this to me is his greatest album and one that I would recommend for any Hip Hop collection.
Done
The production for each song fits AZ's flow and lyrics perfectly.
Crisis

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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Rich-Zed on September 22, 2001
Format: Audio CD
AZ's debut album is a classic CD in my opinion. 1996 was a good year in hip hop history 'cause that year brought us "It was written", "All eyez on me", "Reasonable doubt" and "Hell on Earth". Now, that's why I think it was a marvellous year. And it was also 1996 which gave us "Doe or die" from the Brooklyn-based Anthony Cruz who we can know from The Firm or as "S.O.S.A.".
His first album contains the ultimate classic hip hop joint 'Sugar Hill' and the title track 'Doe or die' (both videos feature Nas). But not just these songs are good. I must say that all of the tracks are tight. To tell the truth, I didn't like AZ but when I first heard the first beats of 'Uncut raw', I was amazed. Then I heard AZ lyrics and I was totally satisfied with the perfect harmony of beats and lyrics. The whole CD is lyricism at its best hosted by AZ.
My favorite joints are 'Uncut raw', 'Rather unique', 'Sugar Hill', 'Mo money, mo murder, mo homicide' and 'Your world don't stop'. But all the songs are tight.
So, this a 5-star release from the underrated, overshadowed lyrical genious Anthony Cruz known as AZ.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Matt VINE VOICE on October 19, 2005
Format: Audio CD
I am reviewing this album years after its release and so I have the luxury of knowing the impact this album has had on hip hop over time.

AZ was introduced to the world at large on Nas' "Life's a Bi*ch" track on the classic Illmatic album. After hearing that flow, people wanted to hear more from this cat.

Enter "Doe Or Die". This album boasts some classic tracks, both on the underground and mainstream levels. "Sugar Hill", with Miss Jones, was the most commercially successful track on the album. "Doe Or Die" was then the next track for which a single and a video were done. Both tracks are classics. "Rather Unique", a Pete Rock track sampling the cool electronic keys of Les McCann, is an underground gem.

AZ's rhymes are flawlessly delivered and the production is solid and soulful. It seems to me as though AZ has forever been trying to reach the mainstream with his music. Recent albums have proven that will never happen, but his true fans like things better thay way.
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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Done on July 30, 2004
Format: Audio CD
In 1995 Brooklyn's AZ (aka Anthony Cruz) dropped his debut album "Doe or Die". A short twelve track release this is an excellent album full of memorable lyrics, beats and production. After the intro a hungry AZ rips up "Uncut Raw", a grimey track about the streets. The next two cuts are more laidback and both are outstanding, AZ rhymes over an ill beat on "Gimme Your's" then talks about money hungry women on "Ho Happy Jackie". Az excels in lyrically repping himself on "Rather Unique", then rhymes over a crazy beat on "I feel for You". AZ talks about life, death, his plans and ambitions backed by some smooth female vocals and an addictive beat on the sick "Sugar Hill". On "Illmatic" AZ and Nas dropped a classic collabration with "Life's a Bitch", on this album they drop another amazing track with "Mo Money, Mo Murder Homocide", both rhyme and AZ drops a premium chorus. The chemistry these two have is incredible and I am still waiting for that collabration album, hopefully that will happen one day. Az continues to shine on the title track then takes a change going political on the dark "We Can't Win". AZ then talks to and about incarcerated prisoners putting himself in there role on "Your World Don't Stop", to me theres a hopeful message behind it which is basically keep on going. Sugar Hill (Remix) closes off the album, its a good track but theres no way you can make the original better in my opinion. AZ lyrically shines on "Doe Or Die", this to me is his greatest album and one that I would recommend for any Hip Hop collection. People who love "Illmatic" should also love this album as its off the hook. AZ continues to be slept on by mainstream audiences but real fans appreciate gems like this release.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By kasey barkle on February 12, 2004
Format: Audio CD
great rhymes and awesome production all the way through. Definately on point, throughout the entirety of the album.
AZ was unlucky this did not hit the big time, but regardless sold as much as Illmatic did (250,000) when it first came out. Unfortunately, he's second cd didn't recieve as much praise of success, although it's got easily 10 classic songs on it, and only 2 or three weak ones which come right at the start, which set a bad tone for the listener i guess...
AZ's best cd is this, followed by AZiatic, then pieces of a man, 9 Lives is his worst cd easily...
He's got a new cd coming soon, I can't wait...
peace,
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Crisis on December 14, 2005
Format: Audio CD
This album is a pure hip-hop classic. As most of you already know, AZ is a long-time Nas collaborator, and first appeared on Nas's Illmatic, on the track "Life's A Bitch." This was one of the most anticipated debuts in 1995, and unfortunately, the sales didn't match AZ's hype. A number of reasons could explain this, but I don't want to get into them.

What I do want to say is that this album is full of hip-hop gems galore. From one of my all-time favorite tracks, "Mo' Money, Mo' Murder 'Homicide'" to the summertime anthem, "Sugar Hill," this album shines in all aspects. The production for each song fits AZ's flow and lyrics perfectly. And, when it comes to lyrics, AZ is one of the most underrated lyricists in the game. When it comes to the best rapper from Queens, he, Nas, and Prodigy are neck to neck.

AZ is still releasing quality releases on a nearly-year basis, but this remains the best album in his large catalogue. I can't stress it enough... everyone should pick up this album, and support real hip-hop.
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