Ice Cold

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This article is about the hip-hop album. For the hip-hop musician, see André 3000.
Ice Cold
Studio album by Choclair
Released November 2, 1999
(see release history)
Recorded 1998–1999
Genre Canadian hip hop
Length 72:31
Label Virgin/Priority
Producer Kardinal Offishall, Solitair, Saukrates, K-Cut, X-Rated, Da Grassroots, Frankenstein, Day
Choclair chronology
What It Takes
(1997)
Ice Cold
(1999)
Memoirs of Blake Savage
(2002)
Singles from Ice Cold
  1. "Let's Ride"
    Released: 1999
  2. "Rubbin'"
    Released: 2000

Ice Cold is the debut studio album of Canadian rapper Choclair, released November 2, 1999 in Canada and March 14, 2000 in the United States. It was released on major label Virgin/Priority Records. The album's early success was driven by the first single, "Let's Ride", which reached #37 on the Billboard Hot Rap Singles chart and #38 on the Canadian RPM Singles Chart.[1][2] The second single, "Rubbin'", features Saukrates.

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[3]
Alternative Press 3/5 stars[4]
RapReviews (8/10)[5]
The Source 3/5 stars[6]

In Canada, the album debuted at #10 on the Canadian Albums Chart and went gold in 35 days, eventually selling over 63,000 copies.[7][8] It received generally favorable reviews from music critics. Allmusic gave the album 4 out of 5 stars, noting that Choclair used it "not only to display his own lyrical credentials, but to showcase the wealth of untapped talent our neighbors to the north have to offer."[3] The Source gave it 3 out of 5 mics, praising the production, "the beats...give this album some of the most original sounds in hip-hop today."[9] The album won the award for Best Rap Recording at the 2000 Juno Awards.

Track listing[edit]

# Title Producer(s) Featured guest(s) Length
1. "Intro" 0:21
2. "Ice Cold" Da Grassroots 4:37
3. "Let's Ride" Kardinal Offishall 4:21
4. "Rubbin'" Saukrates Saukrates 3:43
5. "Takin' It In" Saukrates 5:10
6. "Bare Witness" Kardinal Offishall Guru 3:53
7. "Jambone" Kardinal Offishall 4:30
8. "Fresh" Solitair 4:50
9. "Kardi's P.S.A." 0:40
10. "Rollin'" K-Cut (co-produced by X-Rated) Jully Black 5:30
11. "Young Gunz" Solitair Memphis Bleek 4:09
12. "Runnin' wid Us" Kardinal Offishall 3:40
13. "Flagrant" Saukrates 3:49
14. "Die Hard" Solitair Rascalz 4:54
15. "S.O.T." Solitair Solitair and Kardinal Offishall 4:39
16. "Da Chiznock" K-Cut (co-produced by X-Rated) 4:43
17. "First Thing" Day and Solitair Rahzel 4:27
18. "Situation 9" Frankenstein 4:35

The 1999 Canadian release does not include "First Thing". Instead, there is a radio version of "Rollin'".

Samples[edit]

  • "Bare Witness" – Contains a sample of "DWYCK" by Gang Starr

Chart positions[edit]

Chart (1999) Peak
position
Canadian Albums Chart[10] 10
Canadian RPM Albums Chart[11] 8

Release history[edit]

Region Date
Canada November 2, 1999
United States March 14, 2000

References[edit]

  1. ^ Charts & Awards > Billboard Singles for Ice Cold at AllMusic. Retrieved June 18, 2010.
  2. ^ RPM Results collectionscanada.gc.ca. November 2010.
  3. ^ a b Conaway, Matt. Review for Ice Cold at AllMusic. Retrieved November 24, 2009.
  4. ^ Alternative Press review
  5. ^ RapReviews review
  6. ^ The Source review
  7. ^ Choclair Brings Canadian Hip-Hop On U.S. Tour MTV. Accessed on November 24, 2009.
  8. ^ Has Canadian hip-hop truly "arrived"? HipHopCanada. Accessed on November 24, 2009.
  9. ^ Ice Cold CD CD Universe. Accessed on October 8, 2010.
  10. ^ Charts & Awards > Billboard Albums for Ice Cold at AllMusic. Retrieved November 24, 2009.
  11. ^ "Top Albums/CDs - Volume 70, No. 4, November 15 1999". RPM. Retrieved 2010-10-10.