It's either doe or die
From the beginning of the song, AZ explains that he is lacking money and turns to drug dealing as a source of income. AZ’s aspirations to transform himself from an impoverished street kid to a man making money plays into the theme of rags-to-riches, also known as the American dream. The phrase “doe or die” means that one has to make money (dough) or else life will be filled with suffering. The line “It’s either doe or die” contains the same mentality that 2Pac had in the song “I’m Getting Money” when he says, “Rather die makin’ money, than live poor and legal”.
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