The Resurrection (Geto Boys album)

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The Resurrection
Studio album by Geto Boys
Released March 19, 1996
Recorded 1995-1996 Lil J's Studio; Houston, Texas
Genre Gangsta Rap, Southern hip hop
Length 57:27
Label Rap-A-Lot Records
Producer Brad Jordan
Mike Dean
N.O. Joe
Uncle Eddie
Derick Edwards
Geto Boys chronology
Till Death Do Us Part
(1993)
The Resurrection
(1996)
Da Good Da Bad & Da Ugly
(1998)
Singles from The Resurrection
  1. "The World Is a Ghetto"
    Released: April 16, 1996

The Resurrection is the fifth studio album by the hip hop group known as the Geto Boys. The album was released in March 19, 1996, when the Geto Boys reunited following a 3-year breakup. It is considered[by whom?] to be one of the group's most critically praised albums and the first of two especially creative albums.[1]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Ghetto Prisoner"     1:25
2. "Still"   Johnson, Jordan, Willie D 4:00
3. "The World Is a Ghetto (featuring Flaj)"   (Flaj)Derrick Hunter, Gregory Hunter, Richard Buttrill, DeMarcus Porter 4:25
4. "Open Minded (featuring DMG)"   Dean, Johnson, Jones, Jordan, Willie D 4:10
5. "Killer 4 Scratch"     0:36
6. "Hold It Down (featuring Facemob)"   Dean, Dorsey, Jones, Jordan, Smith 5:27
7. "Blind Leading the Blind (featuring Menace Clan)"   Adams, Dean, Jordan, Miller, Willie D 5:04
8. "First Light of the Day"   Dean, Jordan, Willie D, Wilson 5:07
9. "Time Taker"   Dean, Jordan, Willie D 5:12
10. "Geto Boys and Girls"   Dean, Jordan, Willie D 5:59
11. "Geto Fantasy"   Dean, Gregory, Johnson, Jordan, Miller, Willie D 4:30
12. "I Just Wanna Die"   Dean, Johnson, Jordan 4:00
13. "Niggas and Flies"   Edwards, Willie D 3:09
14. "A Visit with Larry Hoover"     1:25
15. "Point of No Return"   Dean, Jordan, Willie D 3:06

Note: Tracks 1, 3, 5, 7, 9 12 & 14 are omitted on the vinyl LP, cutting the album's tracklisting in half for that format.

Samples[edit]

  • "Geto Fantasy"
  • "The World Is a Ghetto"
    • "The World Is a Ghetto" by War

Uses in media[edit]

The song "Still" was used in the 1999 Mike Judge film Office Space during the scene when Peter, Samir and Michael destroy a printer in the middle of a field with a baseball bat. A parody of the scene (using a censored version of "Still") was made by Brian and Stewie on the Family Guy episode "I Dream of Jesus", in which they destroy a record of the song "Surfin' Bird" by The Trashmen. The uncensored version of the song is available on the Family Guy volume 7 DVD. Another parody of the scene was used for Spike TV's commercial of their coverage of the Consumer Electronics Convention in Las Vegas, shown in December 2011 and starring iJustine.[2]

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4/5 stars[3]
Entertainment Weekly B+[4]
RapReviews (8/10)[5]
Robert Christgau (choice cut)[6]
Rolling Stone 3/5 stars[7]

The Resurrection has received positive reviews, with some reviewers calling the album the best album the Geto Boys have ever made. In a positive review, AllMusic's Stephen Thomas Erlewine wrote "The Resurrection outstrips every other Geto Boys record in every sense -- it is the leanest, meanest, and funkiest thing they've ever recorded."[3] James Bernard of Entertainment Weekly gave the album a B+, writing "What makes this their best work is the album's festive mood, despite its harsh subject matter."[4]

In 2005, the comedian Chris Rock ranked The Resurrection 15th on his list of the Top-25 Hip-Hop Albums ever.[8]

Album chart positions[edit]

Year Album Chart positions
Billboard 200 Top R&B/Hip Hop Albums
1996 The Resurrection #6 #1

Singles chart positions[edit]

Year Song Chart positions
Billboard Hot 100 Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks Hot Rap Singles
1996 "The World Is A Ghetto" #82 #37 #12

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Geto Boys > Biography". Allmusic. Retrieved 6 June 2008. 
  2. ^ Spike CES All Access iJustine Promo. YouTube. Retrieved 16 January 2012.
  3. ^ a b Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. "The Resurrection - Geto Boys". AllMusic. Retrieved 12 June 2011.
  4. ^ a b Bernard, James (26 April 1996). "Music Review: 'The Resurrection' Review". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 12 June 2011.
  5. ^ Pete T (23 March 2010). "Geto Boys:: The Resurrection". RapReviews. Retrieved 14 June 2011.
  6. ^ Christgau, Robert. "The Geto Boys: The Resurrection". Retrieved 14 June 2011.
  7. ^ Huffman, Eddie (16 May 1996). "Geto Boys: The Resurrection : Music Reviews". Rolling Stone. Archived from the original on 5 April 2008. Retrieved 2 October 2013. 
  8. ^ "Chris Rock's Top 25 Hip Hop Albums". Retrieved 14 July 2008.