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1/17/2005 4:14:40 PM

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Legion Records’  legendary Chicago trio Do or Die comprised of Belo, A.K and N.A.R.D are back and are ready to reclaim their status as one of the country’s most potent and innovative groups with its self-titled sixth album due out February 1st, 2005.  The renowned trio has sold more than 3 million albums, launching Chicago’s first national Hip-Hop movement and gave Twista a platform to showcase his tremendous talent on its breakthrough single, the anthemic “Po Pimp.”

 

The current success of fellow Chicagoans Kanye West, Twista, R. Kelly, and Syleena Johnson, and NO I.D. the traxster set the stage for D.O.D.’s triumphant return. “We felt that it’s a Do or Die situation right now,” Belo says. “So we’ve got to really do it or die. And we ain’t here to die.”

 

Indeed, D.O.D. features mind-blowing beats from Kanye West (R.Kelly, Twista, Jay-Z, Alicia Keys), DJ Quik (Tupac, Talib Kweli), Scott Storch (Beyonce, Dr. Dre, The Roots) N.O. Joe (Scarface, The Geto Boys) and The Legendary Traxster (Twista, Mystikal). 

 

One of the many strong songs on the new album is the Kanye West – produced “Latest Greatest,” which features a choice Teddy Pendergrass sample. Known for its smooth yet gangster sound, D.O.D. expands its sonic reach on this irresistible song.

 

“It’s feel-good music,” A.K. explains. “Sometimes you gotta give people what they’re not expecting and that’s what we want to do.”  “We’re both from Chicago, so we both know the vibe and the style,” Belo adds.  “We’ve been around for a long time and Kanye respects us and we respect what he’s accomplished. By him being hot right now and what we’re bringing to the table, it’s just going to be another nuclear explosive song. I know it’s going to blow.

 

The same can be said for the DJ Quik-produced “Pimp Like This.” Over a dance-ready clap track, elegant piano and funky keyboards, D.O.D. shows that the marriage between the Midwest trio

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