A Wolf in Sheep's Clothing (Black Sheep album)

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A Wolf in Sheep's Clothing
Studio album by Black Sheep
Released October 22, 1991
Recorded Nov, 1990-Aug, 1991
Genre Hip hop, East Coast hip hop
Length 70:40
Label Mercury
Producer Lisa Cortes (exec.), Dave Gossett (exec.), William McLean, Andre "Dres" Titus
Black Sheep chronology
A Wolf in Sheep's Clothing
(1991)
Non-Fiction
(1994)
Singles from A Wolf in Sheep's Clothing
  1. "Flavor of the Month"
    Released: September 9, 1991
  2. "The Choice Is Yours"
    Released: October 29, 1991
  3. "Strobelite Honey"
    Released: April 28, 1992
  4. "Similak Child"
    Released: November 3, 1992

A Wolf in Sheep's Clothing is the debut studio album from American hip hop group Black Sheep, released October 22, 1991 on Mercury Records.

The album peaked at number 30 on the Billboard 200 chart. By April 1992, it was certified gold in sales by the RIAA, after sales exceeding 500,000 copies in the United States.

Release and reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 5/5 stars[1]
Robert Christgau (Choice Cut)[2]
Entertainment Weekly A[3]
RapReviews (7/10)[4]
Sputnikmusic 5/5 stars[5]

The album peaked at thirty on the U.S. Billboard 200 and reached the fifteenth spot on the R&B Albums chart.[6] It was certified gold in April 1992.[7]

John Bush of Allmusic called the album "playfully satirical, witty, and incredibly imaginative," and stated that "Black Sheep hit a height with their debut that few hip-hop acts would ever reach."[1]

In 1998, the album was selected as one of The Source '​s 100 Best Rap Albums Ever.[8]

Track listing[edit]

All music by W. McLean and A. Titus except where noted.

No. Title Music Sample(s)[9] Length
1. "Intro"       0:49
2. "U Mean I'm Not"     1:25
3. "Butt... In the Meantime"     4:13
4. "Have U.N.E. Pull"    
  • "Pourquois Pas?" by Michel Colombier
  • "Sir Nose D'Voidoffunk [Pay Attention – B3M]" by Parliament
  • "The Soil I Tilled for You" by Shades of Brown
3:48
5. "Strobelite Honey"     3:05
6. "Are You Mad?"       0:43
7. "The Choice Is Yours"     3:23
8. "To Whom It May Concern"     4:04
9. "Similak Child"     4:27
10. "Try Counting Sheep"   Cornelius Grant, Edward Holland, Jr., McLean, Titus, Cornelius Whitfield 4:24
11. "Flavor of the Month"     4:17
12. "La Menage" (feat. Q-Tip) McLean, Q-Tip, Titus 3:23
13. "L.A.S.M."   McLean, Jennifer Perry, Titus, Gwen Watts   2:12
14. "Gimme the Finga"     4:25
15. "Hoes We Knows"     4:20
16. "Go to Hail"       1:02
17. "Black with N.V. (No Vision)"     3:56
18. "Pass the 40" (feat. Chi Ali) Chi Ali, Dave Gossett, Joe Jones, Clifton Lighty, McLean, Titus 4:46
19. "Blunted 10"       1:56
20. "For Doz That Slept"   Jackson, Klein, McLean, Titus 2:39
21. "The Choice is Yours (Revisited)"    
  • "Her Favorite Style" by Iron Butterfly
  • "Keep on Doin It" by New Birth
4:03
22. "Yes"       3:20

Chart history[edit]

Album[edit]

Chart (1991)[6] Peak
position
U.S. Billboard 200 30
U.S. Heatseekers 1
U.S. R&B Albums 15

Singles[edit]

Year Single Peak chart positions[10]
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 U.S. Dance Music/Club Play Singles U.S. Hot Dance Music/Maxi-Singles Sales U.S. Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks U.S. Hot Rap Singles
1991 "Flavor of the Month" 18 2
1992 "The Choice Is Yours" 57 9 6 21 1
"Strobelite Honey" 80 1 4 5
"Similak Child" 44

Personnel[edit]

Information taken from Allmusic.[11]

  • arranging – William McLean, Andre "Dres" Titus
  • engineering – Lisle Leete
  • executive production – Lisa Cortes, Dave Gossett
  • mastering – Tom Coyne
  • mixing – Gregg Mann, William McLean, Andre "Dres" Titus
  • production – William McLean, Andre "Dres" Titus
  • vocals – Angelique Bellamny
  • vocals (background) – Chi-Ali

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Bush, John. "allmusic ((( A Wolf in Sheep's Clothing > Review )))". Allmusic. Retrieved 2010-08-30. 
  2. ^ Christgau, Robert. "Robert Christgau: CG: Black Sheep". RobertChristgau.com. Retrieved 2010-09-24. 
  3. ^ Bernard, James (1992-04-10). "MUSIC REVIEW – A Wolf in Sheep's Clothing (1992) – Black Sheep". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 2010-09-24. 
  4. ^ Fatboy, DJ. "Black Sheep :: A Wolf in Sheep's Clothing :: Mercury". RapReviews.com. Retrieved 2010-09-24. 
  5. ^ Funkenstein, Dr. "Black Sheep — A Wolf in Sheep's Clothing (album review) — Sputnikmusic". Sputnikmusic. Retrieved 2010-09-24. 
  6. ^ a b "allmusic ((( A Wolf in Sheep's Clothing > Charts & Awards > Billboard Albums )))". Allmusic. Retrieved 2010-08-30. 
  7. ^ "RIAA – Gold & Platinum – September 24, 2010 : Search Results – Black Sheep". RIAA. Retrieved 2010-09-24. 
  8. ^ "100 Best Rap Albums". The Source (New York) (#100). January 1998. ISSN 1063-2085. Retrieved November 24, 2007. 
  9. ^ "Rap Sample FAQ – Quick FAQ Search: Black Sheep". The-Breaks.com. Retrieved 2010-09-23. 
  10. ^ "allmusic ((( A Wolf in Sheep's Clothing > Charts & Awards > Billboard Singles )))". Allmusic. Retrieved 2010-06-25. 
  11. ^ "allmusic ((( A Wolf in Sheep's Clothing > Credits )))". Allmusic. Retrieved 2010-08-30.