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America Is Dying..-Enhanced

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (Sept. 7 1999)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: East-West America
  • ASIN: B000002HMK
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #281,596 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. No Rubber, No Backstage Pass - Biz Markie/Chubb Rock/Prince Paul
2. The Yearn - Pete Rock/The Lost Boyz
3. America - Wu-Tang Clan
4. Blood - Goodie MOb/Big Rube
5. I Breaks 'Em Off - Coolio
6. Listen To Me Now - Eightball/MJG
7. Street Life - Mobb Deep/L.E.S./A.C.D.
8. Games - Money Boss Players
9. Check Ya Self - Spice 1/Celly Cel/187-Fac/Ant Banks/Gangsta P
10. I've Been Thinking - Common/Sean Lett
11. Decisions - Organized Konfusion
12. The Hustle - De La Soul/Da Beatminerz
13. What I Represent - O.C./Buckwild
14. Nasty Hoes - Sadat X/Fat Joe/Diamond D.
15. Sport That Raincoat - Domino
16. Suckas P.H. - Mac Mall

Product Description

After releasing seven successful AIDS benefit compilations that focus on genres from dance to indie-rock to country, in 1996 the Red Hot Organization put out its first hip-hop record, America Is Dying Slowly (note the acronym). But with African Americans accounting for 60 percent of U.S. AIDS cases, and AIDS now the No. 1 cause of death for Americans 25 to 44, you'd think an album like this would have been produced sooner. Apparently, though, it took the AIDS-related death of rapper Eazy-E the year before to awaken the hip-hop community to the problem. Unlike past non-rap Red Hot projects, which were more about raising funds than increasing awareness, the conversational nature of rap allows it to address the issues directly without sounding awkward or preachy. While making us dance and laugh, Domino tells us to "Sport That Raincoat" and Biz Markie, Chubb Rock, and Prince Paul warn, "No Rubber, No Backstage Pass." But the messages sent are not always on the mark: there are bits of the usual conspiracy theories (Mobb Deep) and entirely too much finger-pointing at the "nasty hoes" (Sadat X, Fat Joe, and Diamond D.) and "no-good hoes" (Spice 1, Celly Cel, and Ant Banks). But the compilation also delivers sensitivity and subtlety from some unlikely places. Wu-Tang Clan's title track, for instance, limps along a simple two-chord piano loop that makes for some of the most melancholic hip-hop ever created. Adding to the various viewpoints offered here, Eightball and MJG offer "Listen to Me Now," a rap from the virus's perspective. It all seems appropriate; AIDS, after all, has long been the most ruthless and indiscriminate gangsta in town. --Roni Sarig

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By A Customer on Feb. 17 2002
Format: Audio CD
My favorite tracks are "America" by Wu Tang, "The Hustle" by Dela soul, and "Hoes" with Sadat X and Fat Joe.These songs alone are worth the price of this album.I even liked the song by Common who i don't usually enjoy.Amaze your friends with these unheard Jewelz by Rappers at the top of the game.
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By A Customer on June 14 2000
Format: Audio CD
Da track wit' Pete Rock + Lost Boyz is da illest track on this CD, 'The Yearn'. Da Wu-Tang represent on this CD. I gotta say this is a dope CD but it lackz some serious gangsta. It needed Tupac on it or someone like dat. Definate jammin' CD.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
The Message Gets Across For The Most Part (Rating: 7 out of 10- -3.5 stars) March 7 2007
By Chandler - Published on
Format: Audio CD
Funny I received this at a safe sex convention a while ago out in Los Angeles. This album is featuring rappers that are supposed to promote safe sex and stay away from drugs. In some ways it does. Some of the songs really get down to the point like the Chubb Rock & Biz Markie song "No Rubber No Backstage Pass" and the song "Check Ya Self" with Ant Banks, Spice 1, and others. So the message in many of the songs are right in your face, in a case to protect yourself from AIDS, which I'm sure you know what that is (if you don't you need to look it up ASAP). Some of the songs are real hard to catch on like the Organized Konfusion song "Decisions" and "Lately I've Been Thinking" with Common and Sean Lett.

A lot of these songs really have nothing to do with the concept of this album, like Coolio's "I Breaks 'Em Off" and Mobb Deep's "Street Life", causing a lot of this album to fall under skip material.

This CD is part of the "Red Hot AIDS Benefit Series". I'm assuming the money that came from the sales of this album went to AIDS perceedings to help eliminate it. I bought this for $2.00 because of the names I saw that were on it and thought it would be nice. Most of this album teaches a lesson, while the rest is just filler. But you can buy this as low as a penny, so it's something you want to check out.

Favorite Tracks: No Rubber No Backstage Pass, The Yearn, America, Blood, Check Ya Self, Lately I've Been Thinking, Decisions, Sport That Raincoat, Stay Away From The Nasty H***

Peace Everyone!!!
What better purpose to buy an album!? Sept. 7 2015
By Anthony J. Peltier Struck - Published on
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Why wouldn't you buy this album with all these people on there!? Even if you don't like anyone on this album it's still a great buy! There's so many different kinds of songs on here it's great if you've only heard more of the popular stuff from people, you get to here this underground gem and really see the molecular talent of these people. Speaking of people! How about common, goodie mob, biz Markie, Coolio, and more! Now for me personally who really stole the show was WU TANG. Their song, America is dying slowly, the title song for the album, is such a great piece, RZAS verse is razor sharp, the beat is immaculate, Raekwon is cooking up some mouth watering lyrics like usual, and it's just totally on point, the whole ALBUM is on point! Buy this album!!!!!
Not red-hot! July 17 2015
By HH - Published on
Format: Audio CD
I think this compilation is overrated. Essentially, it's sixteen filler tracks -- every one about condoms -- that weren't good enough to make these artists' albums.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
BUY IT Feb. 22 2006
By LAWJISTIK - Published on
Format: Audio CD
This CD is definitly worth the $1.00 it cost. most songs cost that nowadays, & this has plenty of jams.
good music Oct. 17 2014
By Kenneth - Published on
Format: Audio CD
good music