Power (Ice-T album)

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Studio album by Ice-T
Released September 13, 1988
Recorded Autumn 1987-Summer 1988
Genre West Coast hip hop, gangsta rap
Length 47:53
Label Sire/Warner Bros. Records
Producer Afrika Islam
Ice-T chronology
Rhyme Pays
The Iceberg/Freedom of Speech...Just Watch What You Say
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[1]
RapReviews.com 8/10 stars[2]
Robert Christgau B+[3]
Rolling Stone 4/5 stars[4]
Yahoo! Music (favorable)[5]

Power is the second album by Ice-T. Released in 1988, the album produced the single and video "I'm Your Pusher," which got Ice-T major air-play on MTV.

The album cover, photographed by Glen E. Friedman, was the subject of controversy upon its original release, due to the provocative pose of Darlene Ortiz, Ice-T's girlfriend at the time. "I'm Your Pusher," an anti-drug song, was also interpreted as having the opposite message.[6] The album is broken down track-by-track by Ice-T in Brian Coleman's book Check the Technique.[7]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Intro" – 1:11
  2. "Power" – 4:25
  3. "Drama" – 4:15
  4. "Heartbeat" – 4:08
  5. "The Syndicate" (feat. Donald D, Hen Gee) – 3:32
  6. "Radio Suckers" – 4:24
  7. "I'm Your Pusher" (Vocals by Pimpin' Rex) – 5:35
  8. "Personal" – 3:43
  9. "Girls L.G.B.N.A.F." – 3:00
  10. "High Rollers" – 4:36
  11. "Grand Larceny" – 3:51
  12. "Soul on Ice" – 4:42
  13. "Outro" – 0:39



Produced By Afrika Islam Ice-T: I come from an era where we were all into the Blaxploitation era; whether it was Dolemite, or Supafly, or Truck Turner, The Mack. Being that I was named after Iceberg Slim, my albums had to sound like one of those movies; like a player just chopping game. So that Curtis Mayfield record (“Pusherman”), I held close until the second album. I had an idea that Rap would become illegal because I know it was too toxic. So I knew that dudes would have to sell their music like dope, so we used that metaphor and that’s something else we have seen come true. [8]


Produced By Afrika Islam Ice-T: I like to define things and break stuff down. “High Rollers”, we just broke it down. I wanted to write it like if you were really from the game, you knew I knew what I was talking about. It had to be authentic. I never really felt like I had to be judged by rappers, I always wanted to be judged by real players. So when we did the video, we had the real guns and the real money, we had real cocaine on the scene; it was real sh*t. The people shooting the video got real shook. They wanted to know if the guns were really unloaded. I told n****s to come heavy we doing a video and they brought their own cars and it was real. That was when MTV would show guns. But me being real, at the end of the video I die. I was trying to show the real hustler lifestyle. That house in the video was my first crib from moving out of an apartment. I was wearing FILA, using a big ass brick ass phone. To me you can’t talk about this game without talking about the B-Side of the game. I would always talk hard in my music, but I always wanted to show the vulnerability of the game.


In music, sampling is the act of taking a portion, or sample, of one sound recording and reusing it as an instrument or a sound recording in a different song or piece.[9]

In Ice T's "Power" album there were many samples taken from various artists to create the final product. Beginning with the song entitled, "Power" within the album there was a sample from the song "Joy" by Issac Hayes. In the song entitled, "Heartbeat" there was a sample from the song "Heartbeat" by War. In the single, " I'm Your Pusher" there is a sample from the song "Pusherman" by Curtis Mayfield[10] In the other single, "High Rollers" there is a sample from the song "Easin' In" by Edwin Starr. There was a song entitled "Personal" on the album which had more than one sample included in the song. The three samples came from the songs, "Magic Man" by Heart, "Assembley Line" by The Commodores, and "Let a Man be a Man, Let a Woman be a Woman" by Dyke and the Blazers. The last sample included was a part of the "Soul on Ice" song from the "Power" album. The sample came from the song, "Harlem Buck Street Dance" by Les McCann


  1. ^ Allmusic review
  2. ^ RapReviews.com review
  3. ^ Robert Christgau review
  4. ^ Brackett, Nathan, ed. (2004). The New Rolling Stone Album Guide. Simon and Schuster. pp. page 401. ISBN 0-7432-0169-8. 
  5. ^ Yahoo! Music review
  6. ^ Ice-T; Sigmund, Heidi (1994). The Ice Opinion: Who Gives a Fuck?. Pan Books. pp. page 164. ISBN 0-330-33629-0. 
  7. ^ Coleman, Brian. Check The Technique: Liner Notes For Hip-Hop Junkies. New York: Villard/Random House, 2007.
  8. ^ http://allhiphop.com/2008/12/19/class-of-88-ice-t-and-power/
  9. ^ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sampling_(music)
  10. ^ "Ice-T entry at The-Breaks.com". Retrieved 2007-10-10. 

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