|Be Middle Class or Die Trying|
|Studio album by D-O-E now known as joe DOE|
|Released||May 5, 2009|
The latest epic chapter in the sykophunk saga. DOE is uncompromising as he tackles social issues and current events in what he calls his "most important release ever." Covering a spectrum of both musical and vocal styles, this album is a showcase of sykophunk's evolution into a powerful weapon against the oppressive forces of society.
The album opens with a gritty, distorted rhyme intro over a dark trip hop beat, as DOE sets the mood for the relentless audio attack to come. The first single, "Everyone is a Hustler Now," addresses mainstream hip hop and the economy in an entertaining yet brutally honest way. Songs like "Green" and "Robo Sapien" use the attitudes of rap and hard rock to fight back against a crooked government, media brainwashing, and social inequality. The goth-rock inspired "Independent" is a cynical take on the struggles and successes of being an independent artist. "Always Be a Hater" provides a funky interlude spiced with humor, though DOE still manages to make piercing points with his witty style. After more examples of forceful alternative hip hop and poetic spoken word over electro-ambient soundscapes, the album wraps up with the heartfelt, retrospective song "Life."
Be Middle Class or Die Trying is DOE's opus; a testament to the progression of the sykophunk genre and how far DOE has come as both an artist and a person.
- Everyone is a Hustler Now
- Robo Sapien
- Always Be a Hater
- Modern MK-Ultra
- Killer on the Sidewalk
- Man and Machine
- Back to School (recap)
- Rebirth (remix)