America Is Dying Slowly

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America Is Dying Slowly
Various - America Is Dying Slowly.jpg
Compilation album (Red Hot AIDS Benefit Series) by
various artists
ReleasedJune 25, 1996 (1996-06-25)
Recorded1995-96
GenreHip hop
Length1:09:15
LabelEast West/Elektra
61925
Producer
Various artists chronology
Offbeat: A Red Hot Soundtrip
(1996)
America Is Dying Slowly
(1996)
Red Hot + Rio
(1996)
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic[1]
Robert Christgau(choice cut)[2]

America Is Dying Slowly (a backronym for AIDS) is a compilation album about HIV/AIDS awareness and prevention. It is the first hip-hop benefit album about this subject,[3] and the second Red Hot Organization project focused on HIV/AIDS awareness in communities of color in the United States.[4] It is the eight album in the Red Hot AIDS Benefit Series. It featured collaborations from several hip hop acts, including Mobb Deep, De La Soul, Coolio, Biz Markie, Chubb Rock, The Lost Boyz, Pete Rock, Common and Wu-Tang Clan.

Dubbed “a masterpiece” by The Source on its release, AIDS was one of the first of such efforts aimed at reaching out to African American men through pop culture.

Track listing[edit]

No.TitleWriter(s)Producer(s)Length
1."No Rubber, No Backstage Pass" (performed by Biz Markie, Chubb Rock and Prince Paul)Prince Paul3:26
2."The Yearn" (performed by Pete Rock and the Lost Boyz)Pete Rock4:33
3."America" (performed by Wu-Tang Clan and Killah Priest)RZA5:33
4."Blood" (performed by Goodie Mob and Big Rube)Organized Noize6:04
5."I Breaks 'Em Off" (performed by Coolio)
Wino3:26
6."Listen to Me Now" (performed by 8Ball & MJG)Smoke One Productions5:42
7."Street Life" (performed by Mobb Deep and ACD)
L.E.S.4:34
8."Games" (performed by Money Boss Players)
  • A. Hendricks
  • E. Faison
  • M. Richardson
  • S. Hamilton
Minnesota2:39
9."Check Ya Self" (performed by Spice 1, Celly Cel, 187 Fac, Ant Banks, Gangsta P and Gruve)
Ant Banks6:09
10."(Lately) I've Been Thinking" (performed by Common and Sean Lett)No I.D.3:10
11."Decisions" (performed by Organized Konfusion and Diedre Dennis)D.J. Ogee3:53
12."The Hustle" (performed by De La Soul)Da Beatminerz3:53
13."What I Represent" (performed by O.C. and Buckwild)Buckwild4:26
14."(Stay Away From The) Nasty Hoes" (performed by Sadat X, Fat Joe and Diamond D)Diamond D3:35
15."Sport That Raincoat" (performed by Domino)S. IvyDomino3:47
16."Suckas P.H." (performed by Mac Mall)
  • Kevin Gardner
  • Redwine
4:25
Total length:1:09:15

References[edit]

  1. ^ Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. "America Is Dying Slowly - Various Artists | Songs, Reviews, Credits | AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved October 27, 2021.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  2. ^ Christgau, Robert. "Robert Christgau: Album: America Is Dying Slowly". www.robertchristgau.com. Retrieved October 27, 2021.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  3. ^ Hicks, Stephen (1 December 2016). "20 Years Ago, Coolio, De La Soul, and the Rest of Rap Chipped in to Raise HIV/AIDS Awareness". Vice.com. Retrieved 1 February 2023.
  4. ^ "AMERICA IS DYING SLOWLY 1996". Red Hot Organization. Retrieved 1 February 2023.

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