Home Invasion (album)

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Home Invasion
Studio album by Ice-T
Released February 14, 1993
Recorded 1992
Genre Gangsta rap
Length 73:55
Label Rhyme $yndicate/Priority/EMI Records
Producer Donald D
DJ Aladdin
Hen-Gee
Evil-E
Ice-T
Ice-T chronology
O.G. Original Gangster
(1991)
Home Invasion
(1993)
VI - Return of the Real
(1996)

Home Invasion is the fifth solo album by Ice-T. Released in February 14, 1993, the album (which was originally set to be released in 1992 as part of his deal with Sire/Warner Bros. Records) was Ice-T's first official release as an artist on his own label Rhyme Syndicate Records, now in full control of the content of the release, as part of his new distribution deal with Priority Records.

History[edit]

Home Invasion was the first album that Ice-T released following the controversy over the Body Count song "Cop Killer." Sire/Warner Bros. Records had stood by freedom of expression during the controversy, although some within the Time Warner conglomerate now favored a more pragmatic policy. Home Invasion was originally set for a November 15, 1992, release, but the Rodney King riots were still fresh in people's minds, an election was in process, and political releases by Ice Cube and Dr. Dre were causing controversy, so Ice T agreed to postpone Home Invasion's release, in addition to removing the song "Ricochet," which had already appeared on the soundtrack to the film of the same name.

With the album's release postponed to February 14, 1993, Sire/Warner Bros. told Ice-T that it would not release the album with its current artwork, painted by Dave Halili (cover artist for Body Count), which depicted a white youth who is seemingly immersed in black culture surrounded by images of violence, mayhem and disorder. Although the catalog number 45119 was already assigned to it and the single “Gotta Lotta Love” was released, the album was still deferred. Ice-T initially agreed, opting for an all-black cover and a name change to The Black Album. He later realized that his future output was going to be continuously monitored and censored, so he left the label amicably, signing a distribution deal with Priority Records, which released the album with the originally intended artwork.[1] Due to the postponed release of the album, tracks were altered to keep the topics up-to-date.

In 2004 Jay-Z released a song called “99 Problems” using the same title and chorus as the “Home Invasion” track. Ironically, the Jay-Z version of “99 problems” was featured on his eighth studio release, named The Black Album (Roc-A-Fella/IDJMG/Universal Records).

Lyrical themes[edit]

"It's On" begins with the phrase "Turn up the mike, dog, so I can get off/Find me Charlton Heston and I might cut his head off." Charlton Heston had pushed for Ice T's contract with Sire/Warner Bros. to be dissolved. The title track explored the concept of a white supremacist home being invaded by political emcees who were seeking to rescue the children from racist indoctrination. "Gotta Lotta Love" pays tribute to the gang truce in L.A and discusses the benefits of Blacks and Latinos living in harmony. "That's How I'm Living" is autobiographical, describing Ice T's early life. "Race War" is a reflection on the riots and a warning against such events repeating themselves. "Message to the Soldier" offers advice to those involved in political hip hop. After abstaining from sex rhymes on O.G. Original Gangster, Ice-T made a point of including two such tracks on this album with "Hit the Fan" and "99 Problems."

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 2.5/5 stars[2]
Robert Christgau B+[3]
Rolling Stone 2/5 stars[4]
Yahoo! Music (mixed)[5]

The album peaked at #9 on Billboard magazine's Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums and at #14 on the Billboard 200.[6] Home Invasion was the last hip hop release of Ice T that had significant political content. His later releases were more in tune with the rest of gangsta rap. This is reflected in how this album featured the end of the accumulated pleas that had appeared inside the pamphlets of his albums since Power. Home Invasion is also often seen as the release with which Ice T's career began to take a downturn. Reviews were generally less impressed than they had been with his earlier work. The hip hop audience was moving away from political artists at the time. The rivalry between the West and East Coast was also at its peak. Ice-T had always stayed out of the dispute. He also didn't seem to fit neatly into either camp; he hailed from the West Coast, but his raps were more in the style of the East Coast.

Track listing[edit]

# Title Writer(s) Time Producer(s) Performer(s) Samples
1 "Warning (Intro)" 0:36 Ice-T
2 "It's On" Ice-T
DJ Aladdin
4:56 DJ Aladdin
SLJ
Ice-T
Ice-T
3 "Ice M.F. T" Ice-T
DJ Aladdin
3:41 DJ Aladdin
SLJ
Ice-T
Ice-T
4 "Home Invasion" Ice-T, DJ Aladdin 2:59 DJ Aladdin
SLJ
Ice-T
Ice-T
5 "G-Style" Ice-T 4:29 DJ L.P.
Hen Gee
Ice-T
6 "Addicted To Danger" Ice-T
DJ Aladdin
3:27 DJ Aladdin
SLJ
Ice-T
Ice-T
  • "Manhattan Reflections" by Ahmad Jamal[7]
7 "Question And Answer (Interlude)" 0:33 Ice-T
8 "Watch The Ice Break" DJ Aladdin
Ice-T
4:24 DJ Aladdin
SLJ
Ice-T
Ice-T
9 "Race War" DJ Aladdin
Ice-T
4:50 DJ Aladdin
SLJ
Ice-T
Ice-T
Bass: Mooseman (Body Count)
10 "That's How I'm Livin" DJ Aladdin
Ice-T
4:39 DJ Aladdin
SLJ
Ice-T
Ice-T
11 "I Ain't New Ta This" DJ Aladdin
Ice-T
5:01 DJ Aladdin
SLJ
Ice-T
Ice-T
12 "Pimp Behind the Wheels" DJ Aladdin
Ice-T
3:05 Ice-T Ice-T
DJ Evil E
13 "Gotta Lotta Love" Ice-T 5:24 Donald D
Ice-T
Ice-T
14 "Hit The Fan" Ice-T 4:47 Trekah
Ice-T
Ice-T
15 "Depths of Hell" Ice-T
DJ Aladdin
5:15 DJ Aladdin
SLJ
Ice-T
Ice-T
Daddy Nitro
Bass: Mooseman (Body Count)
16 "99 Problems" Ice-T
DJ Aladdin
4:50 DJ Aladdin
SLJ
Ice-T
Ice-T
Brother Marquis
17 "Funky Gripsta" Music by Ice-T, Grip, Wolf and DJ Aladdin
Lyrics by Grip
4:47 Ice-T
DJ Aladdin
Grip
Ice-T
18 "Message to the Soldier" Ice-T, DJ Aladdin 5:36 DJ Aladdin
SLJ
Ice-T
Ice-T
19 "Ain't a Damn Thing Changed (Outro)" 0:36 Ice-T

The Last Temptation of Ice[edit]

The Last Temptation of Ice
Studio album by Ice-T
Released March 23, 1994
Recorded 1991-93
Genre Gangsta rap
Length 35:02
Label Rhyme Syndicate
Producer Donald D
DJ Aladdin

The album was re-released with a bonus disc titled The Last Temptation of Ice.[8] Its track listing follows.

  1. That's How I'm Livin' (On The Rox Remix)
  2. Gotta Lotta Love (Tubular Bells Mix)
  3. I Ain't New Ta This (Radio Version)
  4. Ricochet
  5. Addicted To Danger (Nut Shop Mix)
  6. G Style (Remix)
  7. Race War (Full Muthafuckin' Assassin Remix)

References[edit]

  1. ^ Ice T; Sigmund, Heidi (1994). The Ice Opinion. Pan Books. pp. 181–184. ISBN 0-330-33629-0. 
  2. ^ Allmusic review
  3. ^ Robert Christgau review
  4. ^ Brackett, Nathan, ed. (2004). The New Rolling Stone Album Guide. Simon and Schuster. p. 401. ISBN 0-7432-0169-8. 
  5. ^ Yahoo! Music review
  6. ^ "Charts and Awards for Ice-T". Allmusic. Retrieved 2007-11-03. 
  7. ^ a b c d e f g h "Ice-T entry at The-Breaks.com". Retrieved 2007-10-10. 
  8. ^ "ASIN: B000024ZO5" (in German). Amazon.de. Retrieved 2007-10-19.