Bon Appetit (album)

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Bon Appetit
Studio album by O.C.
Released April 24, 2001
Recorded 2000-2001
Genre East coast hip hop
Length 50:06 (US)
55:28 (EU)
Label JCOR Entertainment
Producer Buckwild
Lord Finesse
Ahmed
O.C. chronology
Jewelz
(1997)
Bon Appetit
(2001)
Starchild
(2005)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 2.5/5 stars link
HipHopDX.com 4/5 stars link
RapReviews 6/10 stars [1]

Bon Appetit is the third full-length album released by D.I.T.C. rapper O.C.; released in 2001. As on previous efforts, Buckwild handles the bulk of the production; he was responsible for 12 out of 15 songs on the album. The other contributions come from Lord Finesse (who also produced on both of the two previous albums) and Ahmed who OC previously worked together with on the self-titled D.I.T.C. album released in 2000. Guest appearances are as usual kept to a minimum on Bon Appetit and in the family as A.G., The Ghetto Dwellas and A Bless appears on one track each. Two rappers by the name of UNI and TL, who still remains unknown to this day, trades verses with O on the title track and rap-heavyweight Jay-Z perform the hook on the hidden bonus track "Bonafide" (originally released in 1999 on a limited 12" single).

The album was met with very mixed reviews some claimed it to be a case of OC selling out and dumbing down his lyrics while other publications like HipHopDX.com called it "what might be the strongest album in his career). The sound is much more polished from the classic Word...Life and Jewelz and incorporates a bit of a commercial touch in its places although none of the records were big radio hits. Time has been good to Bon Appetit and has gained more fans over the years though and OC who was once asked in an interview if he regretted making the album answered that he did not at all, quite the opposite actually. He said that Bon Appetit was a main force in bringing the soul and funk samples back into hip-hop, which (according to Credle) inspired Jay-Z to record his hailed album The Blueprint.

The European version of the CD includes two extra bonus tracks at the end; "Half Good, Half Sinner" (which was released as a 12" in the US prior to the album's release with a sticker saying "from the forthcoming OC album on JCOR Records) and the previously unreleased "Ex-O-Cise (No Hook Theory)". The songs appears between "Psalm #23" (excluding the spoken ColdWaxa outro) and "Bonafied", both songs are supposedly produced by Buckwild as well.

Track listing[edit]

# Title Producer(s) Performer (s) Samples
1 "Intro" *Uncredited* *Instrumental*
2 "Back To Cali" Buckwild A Bless, O.C. *"Can't Make It Without You" by Shawne Jackson
3 "Soul To Keep" Buckwild O.C. *"Dirty Feelin' by Shirley Brown
4 "Dr. Know" Lord Finesse O.C.
5 "Bounce Mission" Ahmed O.C.
6 "Bon Appetit" Buckwild O.C., TL, UNI *"Secret Rendezvous" by Rene & Angela
7 "Doin Dirt" Ahmed O.C. *"All in Love Is Fair" by Nancy Wilson
8 "Get It Dirty" Buckwild O.C., The Ghetto Dwellaz
9 "Utmost" Buckwild O.C. *"Workoholic" by Krzesimir Debski & String Connection
10 "Respect Da Drop" Buckwild O.C.
11 "Weed & Drinks" Buckwild O.C., AG *"Love the Feelin'" by Chuck Magnoine
12 "Paradise" Buckwild O.C. *"Questions" by Dynasty
13a "Psalm 23" Buckwild O.C. *"Lead Me On" by Peter Brown
13b "Bonafide " Buckwild O.C., Jay-Z *"I Want You" by The Brothers Johnson

Album Chart Positions[edit]

Year Album Chart positions
Billboard 200 Top R&B/Hip Hop Albums
2001 Bon Appetit - #84