Doe or Die
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Studio album by AZ


10 October 1995


July 1994 - April 1995


Chung King Studios, Electric Lady Studios, Greene Street Studios, Platinum Island
(New York City)


Hip hop, East Coast hip hop, mafioso rap






Amar, AZ, Buckwild, DR Period, L.E.S., Loose, Lunatic Mind, N.O. Joe, Pete Rock, Ski, Spunk Bigga

AZ chronology


Pieces of a Man (1998)

Doe or Die is the debut album by American rapper AZ, released in October 10, 1995 on EMI Records. After making his debut the previous year on the album Illmatic by Nas, AZ signed to EMI and began recording the album. It features guest appearances by Nas and Miss Jones, and production work by Pete Rock, L.E.S. and Buckwild, among others. The album incorporates fictional tales chronicling the underworld lifestyle of organised criminal. These cinematic narratives often depict a mobster's ascent to fame and wealth. Further emphasising these themes, the cover of Doe or Die portrays AZ as an honoree of an elaborate mob funeral, while the album's liner notes feature images of AZ counting money, drinking expensive wine and smoking cigars.

Upon release, Doe or Die achieved notable critical and commercial success. The album peaked at #15 on the Billboard 200, and #1 on the Billboard 200. Its three singles ("Gimme Yours", "Sugar Hill" and "Doe or Die") also performed well on the charts. Doe or Die received generally positive reviews from critics, who praised its lyricism but gave criticism to some of the album's production.

Track listing[edit | edit source]

No. Title Performer(s) Producer(s) Time
1. "Intro" - Lunatic Mind (co.), AZ (co.) 1:18
2. "Uncut Raw" AZ Loose, AZ (co.) 2:59
3. "Gimme Your's" AZ, Nas Pete Rock 3:50
4. "Ho Happy Jackie" AZ Buckwild 3:35
5. "Rather Unique" AZ Pete Rock 4:50
6. "I Feel for You" AZ Amar, AZ (co.) 3:04
7. "Sugar Hill" AZ L.E.S. 4:09
8. "Mo Money, Mo Murder "Homicide" AZ, Nas DR Period 6:31
"Born Alone, Die Alone" AZ Lunatic Mind (co.), AZ (co.)
9. "Doe or Die" AZ N.O. Joe 4:39
10. "We Can't Win" AZ, Amar Amar, AZ (co.) 3:23
11. "Your World Don't Stop" AZ Spunk Bigga (original), Ski (remix) 3:33
12. "Sugar Hill (Remix)" AZ L.E.S. 4:18
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