Smoke Some Kill

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Smoke Some Kill
Studio album by Schoolly D
Released 1988
Recorded 1988
Genre Hip hop
Label Jive Records
Producer Schoolly D
Schoolly D chronology
Saturday Night - The Album
(1987)
Smoke Some Kill
(1988)
Am I Black Enough for You?
(1989)

Smoke Some Kill is the third album by rapper Schoolly D. The album was released in 1988 for Jive Records and was produced by Schoolly D.

Release[edit]

Though the album was not as successful as Saturday Night - The Album, it did manage to make it to #180 on the Billboard 200 and #50 on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop album charts.[1]

"Signifying Rapper"[edit]

The song "Signifying Rapper" was based upon the "signifying monkey" character of African-American folklore. A version of this story was performed by Rudy Ray Moore. Schoolly D's adaptation of the story is recited over the rhythm guitar figure from Led Zeppelin's "Kashmir".[2] The song was featured in the film Bad Lieutenant, and inspired the title of (and is discussed in) the book Signifying Rappers: Rap and Race in the Urban Present.

"Signifying Rapper" was the target of several lawsuits following its use in the 1992 film Bad Lieutenant,[2] in multiple scenes.

In 1994, Live Home Video and distributor Aries Film Releasing were ordered to destroy any unsold copies of Bad Lieutenant as part of a copyright infringement ruling.[3][Request quotation on talk to verify] Director Abel Ferrara was angered by the incident, which he felt "ruined the movie":

"Signifying Rapper" was out for five years, and there wasn't a problem. Then the film had already been out for two years and they start bitching about it. [...] It cost Schoolly like $50,000. It was a nightmare. And meanwhile, "Signifying Rapper" is 50 million times better than "Kashmir" ever thought of being. [...] Why sue? You should be happy that somebody is paying homage to your work.

—Abel Ferrara, The A.V. Club interview[2]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 2/5 stars[4]
Robert Christgau (B-)[5]
Los Angeles Daily News (B)[6]
Rolling Stone 1/5 stars[7]

The album received generally mixed reviews from most music critics. The Los Angeles Daily News gave the album a B.[6] Rolling Stone reviewer Cary Carling panned the album, writing "With its images of gun-toting bluster, mushrooming genitals and rampant drug use – backed by thuddingly dull beats – Smoke Some Kill should be played for every prospective rapper so he'll know what not to do."[7] Allmusic reviewer Ron Wynn called the album "more chaotic than creative".[4] In his consumer guide for The Village Voice, critic Robert Christgau gave the album a B- rating,[5] indicating "a competent or mildly interesting record that will usually feature at least three worthwhile cuts".[8] Christgau called Schoolly D "the white audience's paranoid-to-masochistic fantasy of a B-boy" and commended him for "realizing the fantasy so scarily, and for commanding his own tough-guy sound".[5]

Track listing[edit]

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  1. "Smoke Some Kill" – 3:28
  2. "Here We Go Again" – 2:43
  3. "Mr.Big Dick" – 4:36
  4. "Gangster Boogie II" – 3:43
  5. "This Is It (Ain't Gonna Rain)" – 3:56
  6. "Another Poem" – 4:20
  7. "We Don't Rock, We Rap" – 3:17
  8. "Signifying Rapper" – 4:51
  9. "No More Rock N' Roll" – 3:52
  10. "Same White Bitch (Got You Strung Out On Cane)" – 4:19
  11. "Treacherous" – 4:27
  12. "Black Man" – 4:19
  13. "Coqui 900" – 3:30
  14. "Fat Gold Chain" – 3:01

Personnel[edit]

  • Schoolly Dproducer
  • DJ Code Moneysampling, scratching
  • Joe "The Butcher" Nicoloengineer, mix on "Mr. Big Dick", "Gangster Boogie II", "This Is It (Ain't Gonna Rain)", "Another Poem", "Same White Bitch (Got You Strung Out On Cane)", "Treacherous", "Black Man"
  • Nigel Green – mix on "Smoke Some Kill", "Here We Go Again", "We Don't Rock, We Rap", "Signifying Rapper", "No More Rock N' Roll", "Coqui 900", "Fat Gold Chain"
  • Andy "Funky Drummer" Kravitz – drums on "Signifying Rapper" and "No More Rock N' Roll"
  • Mike Tyler – guitar on "Signifying Rapper" and "No More Rock N' Roll"
  • Doug Grigsby – bass on "Signifying Rapper" and "No More Rock N' Roll"
  • Big Tim – bass on "Another Poem"

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Charts and awards for Smoke Some Kill". Allmusic. Retrieved 2008-07-25. 
  2. ^ a b c Tobias, Scott (2002-11-27). "Interview: Abel Ferrara". The A.V. Club. Onion. 
  3. ^ Sandler, Adam (December 14, 1994). Live Must Destroy 'Bad' Vids Sez Judge. Variety
  4. ^ a b Wynn, Ron. "Review of Smoke Some Kill". Allmusic. Retrieved 10 February 2010. 
  5. ^ a b c Christgau, Robert. "Consumer Guide: Smoke Some Kill". The Village Voice: December 27, 1988. Archived from the original on 2010-03-13.
  6. ^ a b Columnist. "Review: Smoke Some Kill". Los Angeles Daily News: September 2, 1988.
  7. ^ a b Darling, Cary (November 17, 1988). "Review of Smoke Some Kill". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 10 February 2010. 
  8. ^ Christgau, Robert. CG: Grades 1969-89. Robert Christgau. Retrieved on 2010-03-13.

External links[edit]

  • Emery, Andrew (1997). "Schoolly D - Original Gangsta". Global Darkness. "... I was sued by Led Zeppelin and that wasn’t a pretty sight."  Passing mention.