AZ
Doe or Die


5.0
classic

Review

by Hillary Clittounge USER (16 Reviews)
May 18th, 2013 | 18 replies | 1,303 views


Release Date: 1995 | Tracklist

Review Summary: We was already molded into people's minds as mulignanes Now we more fucked up with a mayor named Giuliani You can try to blind me, analyze but can't define me My mind's divine, heavily entwined with Gandhi's

1 of 5 thought this review was well written

Those familiar with rap’s golden era are often vexed by how modern-mainstream rap has become “dumbed-down”, which is a term meaning that artists hold back complex ideas to make their music more readily accessible to casual listeners, who far outnumber B-boys. It’s been said a million times, but the obvious truth is Hip Hop needed to become dumbed-down to become commercially viable. The handful of artists who were able to avoid this formula were all coincidentally killed. Similar to the concept of “dumbing-down” music to become commercially viable is the idea that a global crime syndicate has used the protections of the freest society in world history to easily infiltrate its government. It’s simply too much for your average listener to handle, yet it’s the truth. Tragically, the truth usually isn’t simple, pretty or popular and simple-pretty-popular topics are not-so-coincidentally all you get in mainstream rap today. If there is tragedy in society, a SIMPLE solution is always offered in modern rap. Gun violence = remove guns. Racism = blame whitey, elect black president. Poverty = steal from greedy rich people. Yet people don’t want to appear simpleminded, so you have artists like Kanye West trying to window dress frivolous issues such as his own arrogance as complex issues that require deep introspection. It’s just simpler to sell these messages to more people.Doe or Die existed in the era BEFORE rap became dumbed-down nonsense. The reason AZ was never killed like Tupac is because his music is so technical that it is hard for your average listener to enjoy and thus never represented a threat to the global crime syndicate that has now become the establishment.

The point of this longwinded introduction was to prepare you to open your mind to the song “We Can’t Win”. Yes, this song is about the Illuminati, and when you say “Illuminati” the next word that pops into your head is “conspiracy theory”. Why? Because you have been biologically programmed to make this association, using psychology that is over two centuries old. It’s quite simple, if you tell someone “DON’T THINK OF AN ELEPHANT”, what image pops into their head? An elephant, of course. You simply, yet covertly, turned a negative association into a positive one. So by saying the word “illuminati” you are latently saying “DON’T THINK OF CONSPIRACY THEORIES”, which of course causes people to think of some kind of video they saw on Fox about the moon landing being a hoax.

Walla the establishment wins, and they have had the population checkmated by controlling with this kind of suggestive thinking and also by controlling what you watch since before most of you were even born. So where do you go from here? You take the red or the blue pill. You face reality or you shove your head up your ass and go back to living in fantasy land. What you gain from living in reality is self satisfaction, which I can guarantee without a shadow of a doubt that no one living in fantasy land has ever experienced. If you have ever wondered why people are generally so defensive, this is the answer: They have everything that is valued by others in fantasy land yet something is still missing… and that something is their own natural humanity, which was a necessary consequence of entering fantasy world and turning a blind eye to the suffering of the real world. You see sympathy is a natural facility in humans that was favorable for their evolution because surviving in tribes is how humans have managed to continue their existence. The song “Rather Unique” is a tribute to people living in reality. If you live in reality you are necessarily unique, and more often than not you will be looked down upon as eccentric at best and crazy at worst. Yet if you actually were one of the people who decided to think and learn for yourself, you will find a number of historical figures who were rather unique, many of whom are mentioned in this song, such as Mahatma Gandhi. True greatness doesn’t come from being a sheep and following the herd, it comes from going your own way and being a leader. Listen closely to this album and you will get it.



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CosmicPie
May 18th 2013



1076 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I don't listen to much hip-hop, but I like the way you think. Many people don't realize how much they're being manipulated. It's easy to shrug this off and simply call someone a crackhead... but they'd be surprised at
what existence really is if they'd just look a little deeper and stopped worrying about all this temporal bullshit.

I'll give you a thumbs up.

Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
May 18th 2013



50093 Comments


lol

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oltnabrick
May 18th 2013



30618 Comments


album is great

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GnarlyShillelagh
Staff Reviewer
May 18th 2013



6091 Comments


az rules agreed

GnarlyShillelagh
Staff Reviewer
May 18th 2013



6091 Comments


pieces of a man is also really good idk why it only has 34 ratings (even tho i haven't rated it either lol)

Sleaper
May 18th 2013



3364 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

you got some solid points and opinions and ill pos this

if only you werent so anti everything, i might actually think you were cool

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Cadda
May 18th 2013



162 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Not everything is a conspiracy

Calc
May 18th 2013



12134 Comments


"I don't listen to much hip-hop, but I like the way you think. Many people don't realize how much they're being manipulated. It's easy to shrug this off and simply call someone a crackhead... but they'd be surprised at
what existence really is if they'd just look a little deeper and stopped worrying about all this temporal bullshit."

aww fuck now there's two of them...

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CosmicPie
May 18th 2013



1076 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

"aww fuck now there's two of them..."

Haha, sorry I don't have any bananas. I'm not a conspiracy theorist in the least. But I do know there are some manipulators and dumb-motherfuckers out there. How's that sound?

GnarlyShillelagh
Staff Reviewer
May 18th 2013



6091 Comments


sounds like you're talking about women

GnarlyShillelagh
Staff Reviewer
May 18th 2013



6091 Comments


ohhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh

FourthReich
May 18th 2013



17435 Comments


dough or deye

CosmicPie
May 18th 2013



1076 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

"sounds like you're talking about women"
"ohhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh"

Original

CosmicPie
May 18th 2013



1076 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I hear you. Thinking out of the box is frowned upon. Someone is called "deep" if they talk about their daddy issues... But when I use "conspiracy theorist," I'm talking about the fools who hop on something unconventional without any reasoning. That can be just as destructive.

CosmicPie
May 18th 2013



1076 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This album is damn good, by the way. It'll find a place in my limited Hip-Hop collection.

oltnabrick
May 18th 2013



30618 Comments


y its gotta b limited?

oltnabrick
May 18th 2013



30618 Comments


do you think youre better than hip hop?


CosmicPie
May 18th 2013



1076 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Of course....



Na, I've just been a rock n' roller man. I can appreciate good music anywhere though.



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