O.G. Original Gangster

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O.G. Original Gangster
Studio album by Ice-T
Released May 14, 1991 (1991-05-14)
Recorded Syndicate Studios West, Widetracks, Dodge City and Fox Studios L.A. 1990-Mid January 1991
Genre West Coast hip hop, gangsta rap, heavy metal
Length 72:17
Label Sire/Warner Bros. Records
26492
Producer Ice-T
DJ Aladdin
Afrika Islam
DJ SLJ
Bilal Bashir
Ice-T chronology
The Iceberg/Freedom of Speech...Just Watch What You Say
(1989)
O.G. Original Gangster
(1991)
Home Invasion
(1993)

O.G. Original Gangster is the fourth album by Ice-T. Released in 1991, the album was praised by many as the artist's best.[1][2]

Album information[edit]

The album introduces the band Body Count, whose thrash metal sound is in sharp contrast to the rest of the album's material. The whole album has also been made into a video. O.G. Original Gangster has been seen as Ice T's best record, and has over the years has been seen as a classic west coast record. The album's most prominent tracks were featured in the film New Jack City, which was released two months earlier.

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 5/5 stars[3]
Robert Christgau (A)[4]
Entertainment Weekly (A)[5]
RapReviews.com 10/10 stars[6]
Rolling Stone 4/5 stars[7]

O.G. Original Gangster peaked at #9 on Billboard magazine's Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums and at #15 on the Billboard 200.[8] The album was ranked at #25 in Melody Maker's list of the top 30 albums of 1991,[9] and was featured in The Source's 100 Best Rap Albums [10] and the book 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die.[11]

Allmusic - 5 stars - "A sprawling masterpiece that stands far and away as Ice-T's finest hour." Rolling Stone (6/13/91) - 4 stars - Excellent - "Ice-T has forged a flexible, hyperliterate style that sacrifices none of hip-hop's rhythmic momentum... his slice-of-street-life stories and badass parables offer a fascinating glimpse into a half-hidden world." Melody Maker (12/91) - "Tight, intelligent and matchless musically."

Track listing[edit]

# Title Time Producer(s) Performer(s) Samples
1 "Home of the Bodybag" 2:12 DJ Aladdin
SLJ
Ice-T
Ice-T
2 "First Impression" 0:45 Ice-T
3 "Ziplock" 1:20 Afrika Islam
Ice-T
Ice-T
4 "Mic Contract" 4:24 SLJ
DJ Aladdin
Ice-T
Ice-T
Donald D
5 "Mind over Matter" 4:12 DJ Aladdin
Ice-T
Ice-T
6 "New Jack Hustler" 4:43 DJ Aladdin Ice-T
DJ Aladdin
7 "Ed" 1:10 Beatmaster V
Nat the Cat
Ice-T
Ice-T
8 "Bitches 2" 5:24 DJ Aladdin
SLJ
Ice-T
Ice-T
Charlie Jam
9 "Straight up Nigga" 3:43 SLJ
DJ Aladdin
Ice-T
Ice-T
DJ Aladdin
10 "O.G. Original Gangster" 4:13 DJ Aladdin
SLJ
Ice-T
Ice-T
11 "The House" 0:57 DJ Aladdin
Ice-T
Ice-T
12 "Evil E-What About Sex?" 0:46 Ice-T Ice-T, Evil E
13 "Fly By" 3:29 Afrika Islam
Ice-T
Ice-T
Nat the Cat
Donald D
14 "Midnight" 5:49 DJ Aladdin
SLJ
Ice-T
Randy Mac
15 "Fried Chicken" 1:00 DJ Aladdin
SLJ
Ice-T
Prince Whipper Whip
16 "M.V.P.S." 4:20 Afrika Islam
Ice-T
Ice-T
17 "Lifestyles of the Rich and Infamous" 3:51 Afrika Islam
Ice-T
Ice-T
Sean E Mac
18 "Body Count" 6:07 Ice-T Ice-T
Ernie C
Beatmaster V
Moose Man
D Rock
19 "Prepared to Die" 0:39 Ice-T Ice-T
20 "Escape from the Killing Fields" 2:36 Afrika Islam
Ice-T
Ice-T
  • "Get up Offa That Thing" by James Brown[12]
  • "What Do I Have to Do to Prove My Love to You" by Marva Whitney[12]
21 "Street Killer" 0:41 DJ Aladdin
SLJ
Ice-T
Ice-T
Special K
22 "Pulse of the Rhyme" 4:17 DJ Aladdin
Ice-T
Ice-T
  • "Off the Cuff" by Freddie Robinson[12]
23 "The Tower" 3:58 Bilal Bashir
Ice-T
Ice-T
Sean E Sean
Al Patrome
Mello
24 "Ya Shoulda Killed Me Last Year" 1:41 Ice-T Ice-T

References[edit]

  1. ^ Gates, Henry Louis; Appiah, KwameAnthony (2005). Africana: An A-To-Z Reference of Writers, Musicians, and Artists of the African American Experience. Running Press. p. 297. ISBN 0-7624-2042-1. 
  2. ^ Taylor, Steve (2004). The A to X of Alternative Music. Continuum International Publishing Group. pp. 126–127. ISBN 0-8264-8217-1. 
  3. ^ Allmusic review
  4. ^ Robert Christgau review
  5. ^ Benard, James (May 24, 1991). "O.G. Original Gangster:Music Review:Entertainment Weekly". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved August 23, 2009. 
  6. ^ RapReviews.com review
  7. ^ Rolling Stone review
  8. ^ "Charts and Awards for Ice-T". Allmusic. Retrieved 2007-11-03. 
  9. ^ "The Top 30 Albums of 1991". Melody Maker. December 1, 1991. 
  10. ^ "100 Best Rap Albums". The Source #100. January 1998. Retrieved 2007-10-10. 
  11. ^ Dimery, Robert, ed. (2006). 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die. Universe. ISBN 0-7893-1371-5. 
  12. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w "Ice-T entry at The-Breaks.com". Retrieved 2007-10-10. 
  13. ^ "Film samples at The-Breaks.com". Retrieved 2007-10-10.