|Birth name||Robert L. Green, Jr.|
July 2, 1970 |
|Origin||Hayward, California, United States|
|Genres||West Coast hip hop, gangsta rap, G-funk|
|Occupations||Rapper, record producer|
|Labels||Jive, Real Talk|
|Associated acts||Celly Cel, MC Eiht, Mac Dre, E-40, C-Bo, Yukmouth, Jayo Felony, 187 Fac, Too $hort, Tupac Shakur, DJ King Assassin Half a Mill, OJ da Juiceman, Mistah Fab, Thug Lordz, The Regime, UGK, Criminalz, Grave Plott, Kurupt, Nat Powers, Method Man|
Robert L. Green, Jr., better known by his stage name Spice 1, is an American rapper born in Corsicana, Texas. He has consistently been releasing solo and group albums since 1992. Spice 1 was ranked number 56 in The Source magazine's Top 115 Hip-Hop Artists from 1988–2003. His self-titled debut was also listed in The Source's 100 Best Rap Albums.
Jive Records (1991-1999)
Spice's stage name is an acronym for "Sex, Pistols, Indo, Cash, and Entertainment". He was first discovered by rapper Too Short. In 1991 he put out his first release, Let It Be Known EP, which was not widely distributed. In 1992, he released his self-titled debut Spice 1, a vivid and fatalistic gangsta rap album. He followed it with an even more bitter and nihilistic release, 187 He Wrote, in 1993.
Spice 1 released six albums under Jive Records along with one greatest hits album. Though was reported by Jive that he had an album called "Full Metal Jacket", Spice 1 has stated that this information was false. The album was never released and it is uncertain whether any songs were recorded for the project.
In 1996, Spice 1 appeared on the Red Hot Organization's compilation CD, America is Dying Slowly, alongside many prominent hip hop artists such as Biz Markie, Wu-Tang Clan, Organized Konfusion, and Fat Joe. The CD, meant to raise awareness of the AIDS epidemic among African American men, was heralded as "a masterpiece" by The Source magazine.
While Spice 1 was signed to Jive, three of his albums reached Gold status. According to the RIAA, these albums were Spice 1, 187 He Wrote and AmeriKKKa's Nightmare. He continued to have success on later albums as well, though he never managed to receive further certificates for selling over 500,000 albums.
The biggest song in Spice's career was "Trigga Gots No Heart", from both the Menace II Society soundtrack and his album 187 He Wrote. However, at the same time he released "Trigga Gots No Heart", fellow rapper MC Eiht also had a hit single, "Streiht Up Menace", from the soundtrack which took the number one spot. In 1999 Spice 1 released his last album with Jive, Immortalized. Though it received good reviews, it was not well promoted and didn't sell as expected. According to Spice 1, he left Jive Records because they wanted him to clean up his image.
Life after Jive (2000-present)
Spice 1 has released more than 10 group and solo albums since his release from Jive.
More recently Spice 1 is working on a new album, with production credits from Nat Powers.
Spice 1 was shot in the chest on the morning of December 3, 2007, while sitting in his Cadillac Escalade outside his parents' home in the 26000 block of Chiplay Avenue in Hayward. The shooting is believed to be motivated by robbery, rather than any sort of rivalry. He suffered a collapsed lung. He talked about the shooting 6 days after it occurred from his hospital bed.
- Let It Be Known (1991)
- Spice 1 (1992)
- 187 He Wrote (1993)
- AmeriKKKa's Nightmare (1994)
- 1990-Sick (1995)
- The Black Bossalini (1997)
- Immortalized (1999)
- The Last Dance (2000)
- Spiceberg Slim (2002)
- The Ridah (2004)
- Dyin' 2 Ball (2005)
- The Truth (2005)
- Hallowpoint (2010)
- Home Street Home (TBA)
- Biography by Ron Wynn
- Classic Spice 1 Interview(Shout to Dubcnn.com)
- Thompson, Mark. "Spice 1 - Definition of a Ridah". Retrieved 30 September 2014.
- allmusic ((( Spice 1 > Biography )))
- Spice 1 Rides for Ice T
- HAYWARD / Rapper Spice 1 shot, recovering in hospital
- BallerStatus - Spice 1 Speaks About Shooting From Hospital Bed (December 9, 2007)