Do Or Die
Picture This


4.5
superb

Review

by Hawks USER (94 Reviews)
March 11th, 2011 | 37 replies


Release Date: 1996 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Once again, an underrated album that needs to get more attention from hip-hop fans.

Do or Die, a hip-hop group from Chicago made up of members AK-47, Belo Zero, and N.A.R.D., seems to be a group that is very similar to the Southern gangsta rap group Dirty. While their styles are pretty different for the most part, they're both groups that don't seem to get a whole lot of recognition and to be quite honest, I have no idea why that is the case. Picture This is Do or Die's debut album released in 1996.

Being from the Midwest and all, it's pretty apparent that Do or Die is influenced by Bone Thugs-N-Harmony. Like Bone Thugs, Do or Die is very melodic, meaning that they almost sing their lyrics at times. All of the members have pretty fast flows while still being very distinguishable. Which is good, because sometmes rappers with extremely fast styles are hard to understand. Luckily, that isn't the case with the members of Do or Die. Another key factor to this album is this is where Twista, known as Tung Twista in these days, got his start and got a lot of his recognition for his rapid fire flow and as being one of the fastest rappers of all time, specifically on Po Pimp which happens to be my personal favorite track. Lyrics here are mostly revolve around the gangsta themes such as guns, money, and drugs, with Belo Zero saying things such as, "Just bring the weed, we got the drinks you need, and plus we strapped with two protections," and "Let the weed smoke, blaze, but check, until I'm ready to wreck then a mother***er gonna be paid to death because I'm goin' on a paperchase." Just typical gangsta rap lyrics, but with more melody.

The beats on this album are very West Coast inspired and you can tell right from the beginning. A lot of the beats definitely wouldn't sound out of place on a 2Pac, Snoop Dogg, or Dr. Dre album just because of the "g-funk" feeling you get when you hear them. Yeah, this album is from the Midwest scene, but it definitely sounds like it could've come straight out of California, just with a darker vibe. The beats are also very chill and this album would be great for just cruising around on a nice summer day with the windows down and the music blazing out of your speakers. That's the exact vibe you get from this album and it's really a lot of fun to be honest. The production goes along great with how all of the members rap.

Overall, this album is definitely one of the best that I've heard come out of the Midwest. It's up there with E 1999 Eternal and The Slim Shady LP (although not as good as The Marshall Mathers LP) and is definitely an album that I feel is very underrated and appreciated and it's really unfortunate. When people are talking about some of the great hip-hop albums to come out of the 90's Picture This is never an album that's brought up and that should really change because this deserves plenty of more recognition.



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Hawks
March 11th 2011


58663 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

More people need this album.

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BigHans
March 11th 2011


29363 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Getting this tonight.



IM ON A MOTHERFUCKIN PAPER CHASE

Hawks
March 11th 2011


58663 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Hell yeah Hans! I think you'll love this.

BigHans
March 11th 2011


29363 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Yeah man Twista is on this and they sound like Bone, and Ive heard some of it. Good shit.

Hawks
March 11th 2011


58663 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Fuck yeah. Plus I think you'll love the beats. Very West Coast inspired only they sound darker. Awesome stuff.

ButcheredChildren
March 12th 2011


5590 Comments


their artist page on here needs some serious work

Tyrael
March 12th 2011


21111 Comments


Your reviews are always a pleasure to read Hawks. Well done.

Hawks
March 12th 2011


58663 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Thanks bro. I appreciate it.

Pyosisified
March 12th 2011


2450 Comments


funny how u talk about underrated when 3 months ago u didnt even know that hip hop existed



Hawks
March 12th 2011


58663 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

O rly?

AngelofDeath
Emeritus
March 12th 2011


16223 Comments


lolololololololololololol

Idnuf
March 12th 2011


1491 Comments


Yeah it's true suddenly Hawks is the biggest supposed rap aficionado on the site.

Hawks
March 12th 2011


58663 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Eh, just been listening to it a whole lot. And I've heard pretty much all the classics so what Pyosisified is saying isn't really relevant.

BigHans
March 14th 2011


29363 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Had never heard the entire thing until recently, its damn good. These guys are like a cross between Bone Thugs and UGK.

Inveigh
March 14th 2011


26468 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

their artist page on here needs some serious work


yeah my bad, I was the one who added them. I actually just did it because I wanted to put this album on a list of Chicago rap awhile back.



but this is weird: i've added a lot of artist pages to Sputnik (Felt, Living Legends, Do or Die, Crucial Conflict, Mac Lethal, Sims etc) and maybe 1 out of every 10 times I do it does the artist bio actually show up. I add one every time, but usually it just never appears.



I know the artist picture will sometimes take a day or so, and if I'm editing an album or album art that will take some time, but yeah most of the time stuff just never happens. It's very odd.



Nice review Hawks. I definitely think there's a few more peeps on Sputnik who haven't heard this and would probably really dig it.

Hawks
March 14th 2011


58663 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Hans I knew you'd really like this. Album is fantastic. And thanks a lot Inveigh. I agree, a lot of people would probably love this.

Hawks
March 26th 2011


58663 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Do you wanna riiiiiiide in the back seat of a Caddy, chop it up with Do or Die.



This shit is so good.

Inveigh
March 26th 2011


26468 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

fuck yeah it is



takes me back to the days where all i did was rap with my homies and get fucked up on the daily

Hawks
March 26th 2011


58663 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Bump up that rating brother!

Inveigh
March 26th 2011


26468 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

word



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